Advice for new mums…

Honestly, I’m probably not the best person to give advice on having a baby and what happens next as I’ve only had one baby, a baby, my baby, little Emily who isn’t so little anymore, but in the eyes of just about most, is very little, but I do think there should be some kind…

What I’ve learnt in the year since Emily was born

Since Emily was born so many things have happened. Amazing things, wonderful things, crazy things. It’s been a brilliant journey and we’re only 15 months in. The past 15 months has flown by at a ridiculous rate. How did we make it through this time without killing each other? But although there’s been moments, it’s…

We went to Giovanni Fletcher’s book signing in Canterbury

If you don’t know much about Giovanna, she grew up in Essex with her Italian dad Mario, mum Kim, big sister Giorgina and little brother Mario (he was on TOWIE), and with family playing such a big part of her life it was only natural that she had always dreamed of having children of her…

An assisted birth isn’t as bad as you might think. 

My labour was an intense one. With tiredness and no more physical strength and the definite acknowledgement that I wouldn’t be allowed an epidural during labour originally, when the option of an assisted birth was offered, I took it. As the midwife constantly told me to push, I physically couldn’t. I was exhausted, there was…

Things that happen in an induction 

I was induced. I had to be so I didn’t really have a choice in the matter but in a sense I was pleased as I don’t think I could have waited till her due date to pray she come out. I thought they were pretty straightforward but until I knew the facts I didn’t…

I was induced, 11 days early…

Wednesday 30th November 2016:  So here I am, sitting in the maternity ward, waiting for little Missy to show face. After a chat with my consultant on Tuesday, an induction was scheduled in for today, exactly 11 days before my snuggle pop was due to arrive. This post, by the time it goes out, Missy…

What you should pack for the birth

Everyone and every shop will tell you or give you a rough idea of what you need for your hospital bag. But here are some things that you should definitely pack as recommended by new mothers. Jo says “Bring a bottle of Eau Thermale Avene spring water with you. A 150ml bottle is £7 at Boots, it’s…

The birth brick wall 

Anyone else had or felt it? You know, the birth brick wall feeling? OK, OK, so it’s not an actual term used by anyone and I’ve Googled it and can’t find the right term for it, but it’s real, because I’ve asked around and it seems that I’m not the only one who is feeling…

The big Mc Scratch 

In the past week I’ve been incredibly itchy. It started off with the bottom of my feet and then my hands. I would itch, scratch and what felt like relief as I ripped my skin to pieces trying to get rid of the itch. It started after coming out of the shower. But now, it’s…

One more month to go… this is it! 

So the official countdown of 1 month started on Saturday, till the predicted due date of Missy’s expected arrival and nerves are indeed starting to kick in. Whilst family and friends start estimating her arrival – early or late- I’m starting to have every thought played out like an intense soap opera in my head…

Have you chosen your birth partner yet?

It’s a big question and it’s really important. You can laugh and joke about it with your mates all you want but hearing from family and friends who’ve been through labour, they’re right in saying, choosing your birth partner is really important. Your birthing partner provides the support you need during labour and it can…

The Weirdest Things You Hear When Pregnant

As soon as I announced I was pregnant, we did get a lot of surprised and shocked faces, some said “Dannii that’s amazing you’ll be a great mum” others said “You? The one who loves to socialise is actually going to settle down!” or “Do you think you’re ready?” But I knew what we wanted…