1st April 2017 Helen 14Comment

This Summer it will be 8 years since I had my first baby.  With the youngest just turning 3, this is the longest stint in nearly 9 years that I haven’t been pregnant.  Three babies in five years was – for the most part, a good plan. That said it was also tough.  I always expected the chaos of the first baby.  The reality of the second – and the juggling of two-under-two was surprisingly ok – which likely had more to do with two fairly easy-going personalities than my amazing skills as a mother.   The reality of the third has proven to both…

24th May 2014 Helen 16Comment

I wrote this post pretty much exactly as it is, at 38 weeks pregnant when a routine pre-natal scan introduced an uncertainty about the health of our baby. What I have written is self-indulgent therapy at it’s best. But at a time when nothing else helped, it worked. It’s tempting to re-read this and jump in and change the more wallowing aspects of the text but I haven’t.  The only piece I have added is at the very end. It’s funny how a little something changes everything. How your comfortable world is shaken in just a moment. How the very…

6th January 2014 Helen 8Comment

So, we’re now in the single figures and the countdown to baby number 3’s arrival – or as my body tends to do it, sometime in the next 8 to 10 weeks, the snuggy unborn child will hear the words ‘cesarean section’ and decide it’s time to get out of bed before having the proverbial covers reefed off them. The ‘to do’ list for this little Bubba is slightly more basic than it was for the predecessors. Items like ‘snot sucker’, baby bath and rectal thermometer aren’t featured all having been variously discredited or binned over the years.  In addition…