I wasn't sure whether or not to write about Freya's birth. I love reading other people's birth stories, but it is also a very private affair and I didn't know if it was for me to share with thousands of people.
But, I have decided to do it, because I want to talk about how positive it was. There is so much talk about the "positive birth" these days and that is a wonderful thing. However, I find that this sometimes means people assume it goes hand in hand with having a water birth / little to no pain relief / avoiding inductions and other interventions.
For a lot of women, this type of birth is not possible and then they feel like they have failed if they haven't achieved this. They can also feel traumatised by the birth experience (especially first time mothers), as it has been built up to something that might not be the reality of childbirth.
So, this is why I am sharing with you all my birth experience - it was a very positive and happy birth. It was also an induced birth, with an elective epidural.
Written by Rebecca Raynham.
It's been a little while since I last did a blog post, due to our baby being born a few months back. If you follow me on Instagram, then you know already that Freya was born safely on the 16th November.
We are all so in love and Alfred is head over heels, after a few initial ups and downs.
I will write our birth story soon, as it was such a good experience, but for now I thought I would update you all on how we have been getting on since the birth.
This is my last blog post before having the baby and what better way to sign off, than telling you all about our recent Pregnancy Retreat at Ribby Hall Spa Hotel!
It has been a stressful few weeks, with all of the extra appointments due to the baby measuring below the 10th centile - we have been going to the hospital for check-ups multiple times a week and it was starting to get a bit overwhelming and exhausting.
A couple of weeks ago, Dan and I had got to the point where we really needed a break, so when Ribby Hall Spa Hotel contacted us to see if we wanted to try out their new Pregnancy Retreat, I jumped at the chance!
The retreat was for two days, so it meant spending our first night away from Alfred EVER. I know a lot of people have done it by the time their child is two years old, but we've never felt the time was right, until this year. With the new baby arriving next month, we knew this was our only chance to spend a night away from home, for a long while!
Written by Rebecca Raynham.
A lot of you lovely people on Instagram wanted updates on how the baby's nursery was coming along, so I thought I would do a "before and after" style blog post.
I had planned on two separate posts this month - a post about some beautiful things I was collecting for the baby and another post featuring the nursery renovation. I realised it would make more sense to combine them into one post, especially as time is now limited with the baby being induced early (eek!). So as well as showing you around Baby Girl's new room, I will be sharing with you some lovely brands and shops that have helped to make her little space happy and welcoming.