Sweet, sweet denial…

A few lovely people in my life are expecting their first babies this year… It’s such an incredible time of your life and remembering all those excited, uncertain moment before Munchkin was born feels very bittersweet. On the one hand, it’s so special and so exciting, and you’re so blissfully clueless about it all –…

Bump Beauty…

Five lovely things for stretchy skin and tired minds…. When you’re pregnant, not only is there plenty you can’t eat, drink, wear, do etc etc – but there’s also plenty of relaxing things you can’t enjoy either – hot bath with soothing essential oils anyone? Nope, that’s off the list. Sauna? Nope that’s off the…

On International Day of the Midwife …

As is so often the case with births, our story of how Munchkin was born did not, in any way resemble, the plans we had for her arrival. But what I have had to take away from our ‘birth story’, is not what did or didn’t happen, but simply the extraordinary and exemplary care I…

Life in limbo…

Waiting for baby Johnson we took a little walk about the town, up the stunning Cecily Hill where the beautiful Cirencester Parish Church is visible from the top of the hill…

Nesting in the nursery…

Shortly after we moved in, it was made patently aware to us, (mostly by our well-meaning and infinitely wise mothers), that we were in no way, shape or form ready for this baby…. “I mean….do you actually have any nappies…?” “Blankets…you’ll need lots of blankets…” “And have you put the car seat up yet…?”

Little details…

I was 25 weeks on Wednesday… …Apparently, this means the baby now responds to touch, which means when it pushes its feet up against my stomach, I can try to tickle its feet. It’s just too cute for words…. Pic: http://kuhlmans.wordpress.com/

Two good words…

We had our second scan yesterday… …and everything was ‘normal’ and ‘perfect’, (which might just be my two favourite words in all the world right now). It was lovely to know, and great to see the baby again on screen, less wriggly than last time, but moving around and very ‘baby-like’. We didn’t find out…

Bumpilicious bounty…

Since being pregnant, I’ve been amazed at how much more conscious I am of what I put in my body… eggs, curly kale, brown rice and oily fish are now not only more appetising to me but feel like essential things, and I get pleasure from eating them because I know how much good they’re doing. Plus,…