Our baby boy has arrived

New baby boy

The day we'd been waiting for for about nine months arrived a week early. It started in the early hours, as I lay in bed wondering if that was the sensation of my waters breaking. For the next 16 hours, nothing much happened. Four hours after that, I was bringing our son into the world. People talk about this ...

Countdown to baby

Favourite baby things

We're now counting down to baby's arrival in days, rather than weeks. Single figure days, in fact. It's incredible how quickly due date has approached as we've neared the end. My maternity leave, which began a few days ago, kicked off with a bit of a fright. My consultant and midwife began raising concerns that baby's growth ...

About gratitude…

Thank you and flowers

It struck me as interesting that in our Valentine's Day cards this year, my husband and I both said the same thing to each other. "Thank you." I think we're kind, caring and openly appreciative of each other most of the time. But this was the first time we'd both felt moved to put those words down on paper, at the same ...

Three years on: our transplant journey

Child with alagille syndrome liver transplant

Today I'm handing over the blog to one of my best friends Emma, who has written here before about her seriously ill three-year-old son, Freddie. A few months ago he underwent a liver transplant and today - three years after being diagnosed with a rare condition - is having further surgery. "If you read my other ...

How it feels taking maternity leave

Last week at work we interviewed for the person who will be covering my maternity leave. It's starting to feel very real, now I only have about 5 weeks of work left. The rest of the year stretches ahead of me like a desert, empty of the familiar but sometimes tiresome routine: alarm going off; the drive to work; dealing with tasks and ...

How pregnancy has surprised me

After waiting and hoping for so long to become pregnant, it's surprised me a little bit how casual I feel about it most of the time. We've got about three months to go, and we've now had the serious scans which showed - thankfully - that everything seems to be healthy. (Oh, there is one thing. It looks like ...

Ideas for decorating the nursery

Woodland theme nursery - Copy

I'm currently entering the 'just how much sh*t is this tiny human going to need?' phase of preparation for parenting. One thing that's not in dispute - even though arguably there are more practical things to be doing, researching and buying - is that I want to get started on the nursery soon. The baby's room will be the smallest of ...

Some big news…

Hello sunshine banner flag

I have some very big news to share today, and I'm just going to get straight to it. I'm about four months pregnant, we're having a baby in the spring. To say that we're happy - while we are, of course, over the moon - is to simplify the full range of emotions we're feeling. I'm sure every parent-to-be feels ...

10 reasons to love October

Coniston, Lake District, Cumbria, England, UK

I'll be completely honest with you. I don't love October. At all. I'm a spring-summer girl, through and through. But in a effort to improve my outlook amid the darkening nights and lowering temperatures, I decided to think about all the positives this month is set to bring. // Coniston Water, Lake District, from this post // 1. It's ...