The past two months have flown by quite quickly, having Hadassah around is such a delight especially as I have recovered from the not so enjoyable experience of being pregnant and giving birth.
So far Hadassah seems to be quite a chilled out baby who isn't adverse to sleeping (except after her injections). We are particularly enjoying seeing her smile when she sees us, especially as she wakes up after a nap or as she lies on her changing mat. Apparently she quite likes us shaking her bottom and singing 'Wiggle that bottom', whatever floats your boat!
Our days are usually busy with meeting our NCT friends, going to Bumps and Babies at church or meeting other friends. We are currently doing a baby massage course, although Dessi is not so keen on this and spends a good amount of time crying and grizzling.
It is fun to reflect on the advice I was given about having a baby, people told me to sleep and rest lots. No amount of rest is going to make a difference post birth - in my very humble opinion, so I'd suggest to others - make the most of your time doing things you want to do and have fun. For instance, the other day it took me 40 mins and Andrew coming home for me to have a bath after Dessi woke early from her nap and started crying!
People told me all about these sleepless nights and tiredness. In actual fact, my pregnancy was miserable so the relief that came from having a baby and Dessi's good sleeping habits helped me to recover - the sense of relief was indescribable. I can walk, eat, move again. So for that reason I am not going to begrudge waking a couple of times in the night.
The hardest parts of having a newborn have been learning to breastfeed, life was entirely more pleasant before I heard of vasospasms and wondering what to do with a newborn when I feel too ill to get out of bed (thanks Mum!). Happily with medicine and latching advice, all is improving.
So here is to the next two months and many many more besides!
After spending 16+ years looking after other's people children, and 42 weeks + 18 days of carrying my own child, we were delighted to welcome Hadassah into the world on the 30th January.
Hadassah = the Hebrew name of Esther in the Bible, a woman who was put in her position for a 'time such as this', who went on to be the saviour of her people. Seems like a admirable person to be named after!
We orignally planned to have Dessi at home, but the best laid plans and all that. She refused to make any attempt to come out and was born 18 days late at our local hospital, with the help of a spinal block (for me - amazing!) and a ventouse for her.
The past three weeks have been amazing, it has been wonderful getting to know Dessi and learning to look after a newborn. After a rough pregnancy where by the end I spent a good deal of it being sick and was unable to walk any real distance by the end, it is lovely to be able to get out and about and feel so well now.
We are waiting for you, arrive safe and arrive soon!
It had been a long 42 weeks and I've enjoyed carrying you in my tummy, but I'm excited to carry you in my arms. I wonder what you will look like.
What colour will your eyes be?
What colour will your hair be?
You seem so comfy inside me that today we start the process of induction, I'm expecting the doctors will pull you our kicking and screaming... Stubborn, just like your Mum!
Your bed, your clothes everything is waiting so hurry on baby!
Love, Your Mum!
For 14 years I worked with children aged 0-8, then I took a job as a nanny with two delightful girls who are now 14 and 11 years. And I'm pregnant, soon I'll get the newborn experience too!
It wouldn't take a genius to work or all children are capable of very different things.
One thing I love about the ages of my charges is their independence. It used to be if I forgot something from the shops, I'd have to gather them all to go with me, now I can send them for me.
Another thing they can do is make the dinner. Yes, all you mothers of tots - don't lose hope. You might have needy children today but train them well and you can have kitchen assistants! Yesterday charge age 11 made vegetable rolls and I helped. This was the final result... (Masterchef, watch out).
And here we are now. I am currently 16 and a bit weeks pregnant though in fact *you* are only 14 weeks old. The body is strange like that. This blue and white stripy top is my only maternity one and in fact my favourite, I have two and just wear one each day whilst the other is in the wash. I'll need to get another for posing in future photos!
You (and I) are growing fast. You are currently the size of an advocado. I can't feel you yet, although I get lots of tummy aches. I hope that's not you!
We are still really excited about your arrival in January. It is weird to think I am approaching the half way point. Your Dad talks to you though my belly, I think you will start to hear him about now, mostly he tells you about our day and to be nice to Mummy.
I like playing 'fairground ride for the baby', where I jiggle my belly up and down. I reckon you must be a bit bored and like a bit of entertaining. My charges are not so keen and hope you are okay!
You have started looking like a proper baby for a few weeks now, and less like an alien, yay! It was so nice to see you in the scan at 12 weeks and hear your heart beating.
Now I am feeling better we are trying to get about more. In this photo we are at Buckingham Palace, we had decided to take a walk and didn't realise we were coming at the sametime as the Changing of the Guard. It was very busy and crowded but nice to hear the music and soak in the happy atmosphere. I was tired next day from all the walking though! I need to take it more easy now I think.
The weather has been getting hot hot hot and I have been ill ill ill, so we didn't venture further than the stairwell for this photo. I have been feeling very sick and walking is such an effort now - I can't imagine what it will be like later in the pregnancy. However I am very glad you are coming in January and not July!
I have quite a bump now. I have one at the best of times, but I am sure this is a baby bump. It is good as it helps you feel more real to me. My cravings mostly are for ice and I have gone of lots of food. Most devastatingly is bacon - I love bacon normally!
We took this photo on the platform at Blackfriars station, such great views over London. I love it here.We are on our way to church at the Mermaid Theatre where it feels like every other lady is pregnant and a lot fatter than me, you will certainly have lots of chums at Sunday School.
Your Dad is getting rather proficient with a camera - I'm feeling rather proud. He had to take far less shots before I find one I'm happy with!
Pregnancy is a lot harder than I expected, as I write this I am 16 weeks (I am catching up with all the photos we have taken - better late than never). We don't take photos every week, because I don't always feel that well. But we are just so excited than in January 2015 we will get to hold you in our arms!
You are small in inside me, but we love thinking how God knows you already - if you are a girl or boy. Will you be a brunette like we are now or blond like we both were growing up?
Keep growing Sessi.