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Changing our baby’s name after he was registered

CHOOSING your baby’s name is a huge deal, but what happens if you choose the wrong one? Apparently, one in five mothers regret the name they gave their child, and six per cent feel so strongly about it that they actually go on to change their baby’s name after they are registered. Confession time: we are Read More

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Our post-birth story: 24 hours in hospital and a long wait to go home

THERE’S no feeling that can compare to the first 24 hours after giving birth. Exhaustion, excitement, sheer terror of being responsible for a tiny little helpless person – you go through it all. I felt complete disbelief as I looked down at baby … and a bit guilty that his chubby cheeks were the result Read More

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Baby boy’s birth story: Non-induction, natural labour and another speedy arrival

AFTER being convinced our little one would come early and even be a May baby, I was a bit disappointed to wake up on our due date knowing time had run out to go into labour naturally. Because of my gestational diabetes I was booked in to be induced at 40 weeks, but had really hoped Read More

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Our bank holiday weekend: Birthday parties, building and no baby!

THIS weekend has had a bit of an odd feeling about it, like we’ve known it’s the last of its kind. A bit like the end of term or leaving a job – you know there’s a change coming, and you want to cling on to the present for just a little bit longer. We Read More

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38 weeks pregnant: Maternity leave week one and the last bump shot?

I CAN’T quite believe I’ve already had a week and a half off work – I’ve lasted 11 more days without going in to hospital than on my maternity leave with Santi! I haven’t stopped, but at the same time feel like I haven’t achieved much at all. I certainly haven’t been relaxing like I Read More

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Hypnobirthing: When the thought of childbirth sends you to sleep

IS it possible to be so calm about the prospect of giving birth that you can drift off to sleep? Apparently so – or for the ever-chilled out Stew at least. With bubba number two due in just a few weeks, we decided to shun traditional antenatal classes (let’s face it, I couldn’t really fit them in around work anyway) Read More

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36 and 37 week pregnancy update: Baby showers and the end of work!

I feel like these past few weeks have been quite eventful, even though nothing major has happened. The first, fairly big thing I suppose, was that I decided finishing work a week early would be for the best. I’ve been getting home exhausted and had a few early shifts in a row, which meant getting Read More