The first time I found out I was pregnant with my eldest, I broke down in tears. We were not expecting to fall pregnant so soon after miscarrying our first baby at 12weeks only 3months earlier, so it was such a mix of emotions, crying with happiness and also the fear of losing another.
I would love to say my pregnancy was full of hearts and flowers and the bloom and glow that you see all over social media these days, truth be told my experience with pregnancy and birth was quite the opposite. Alfie was my Second pregnancy, a true rainbow baby I had had a late term miscarriage at 20 weeks around 7 months before I found out I was again expecting.
Baby monitors are so important in the early stages of your little one’s life. You can watch them sleep, check if they’re OK at night and have that all-important peace of mind. Plus, it can be super cute to watch them on the little screen!
Pushing your baby in a pram is great – you can get them out and about, and often it’s a fantastic way to get them to sleep (we see you Saturday morning dads out with the pram!). But with a buggy or pushchair that has a forward-facing seat, they really get to see their surroundings and learn about the world.
Babies love to sleep. As a parent, you’ll learn to love those times that they finally go down for a nap too. You can sleep yourself, get on with some jobs or just catch up with an episode of Working Moms on Netflix! And when they finally sleep through the night… honestly there’s no better feeling.
Sleep. You never know how much you appreciate it until it’s taken away! And unfortunately pregnancy can be a time when sleep feels like an impossible goal. There’s those frequent trips to the loo, plus fluctuating hormone levels, heartburn, restless leg syndrome, stress and a growing baby changing the shape of your body.