Last night we had a refresher antenatal course which we both found really useful reminding us of breathing, stages of labour, birth positions etc. Not only was the information useful it was nice to meet other couples that are about to be in the same position. I would definitely recommend the NCT refresher course to any expecting second time parents.
After leaving the course this sudden fear arrived, how was I going to cope with two? Its hard enough to get showered and out of the house with one.. Will Isabella be sleeping better by then as she is cutting her molars and ear ache is keeping her awake alot! We also better start preparing for the baby as by now everything was in place for Isabella (our first) and this time round we have done nothing.
I’m sure these are all normal feelings and this morning I feel better and really confident, I know those first weeks are going to be tough but once we are in a routine and have adapted all will fit into place. Other fears I have had are how it will affect Isabella, who will be looking after her when I’m in labour, what if I’m stuck in hospital for a long time, will she adapt to having a sister around the house?
Again most expecting mum’s second time round have had these fears at some point but on the whole you know it will all work itself out and Isabella will end up with a playmate, learn about sharing and have someone to fight with 🙂
Hormones are definitely kicking in, back ache is a constant and tiredness never seems to go away. After reading all of the above I am still really excited about meeting our new little princess and having a newborn around the house again..
Last night was my first NCT antenatal refresher course and I was a little dubious about wether I would find it useful but actually really enjoyed the first session and am looking forward to the rest. I would recommend these to any second time mum to not only meet some other mum’s in the same boat as you but also remind yourself of the stages of labour, pain relief, breathing etc.. The course is a 2 hour weekly session over 5 weeks and the last one is for your partner too. Not only is it nice to refresh yourself on labour but I find it a really nice time to focus on the baby as first time round with Isabella she was my only focus this time I struggle to get time to stop and think i’m even pregnant.
This time I have been suffering pelvic pain which is totally new to me, I think this is because I am constantly lifting Isabella and running around rather than resting. To help with this I have enrolled onto a specialist Yoga course with Marion Symes – She practiced as a midwife for 12 years but now her main focus is teaching pregnancy and postnatal yoga. She used to run Active birth preparation courses at her local maternity unit but she now incorporates this teaching into her antenatal yoga course. I am starting this six week course soon so will keep you updated on how I get one :-).
I have become obsessed with bargain hunting for children’s items and apart from for hygiene reasons such as mattresses and nappies I don’t understand the point in paying out for new when you can get so many nearly new items for a fraction of the price.
Today there was a little pickles market on at our local village hall and I would highly recommend them to anyone. Find out dates and locations here: http://www.littlepicklesmarkets.co.uk
We came home with lots of new toys including a big bag of In the Night Garden figurines for £1 and a Ralph Lauren dress in excellent condition for £2.00.
I also always make a point of attending our local NCT nearly new sale which are usually larger than the little pickles markets and can get some amazing deals. We attended the Titchfield one a couple of weeks ago and I came home with loads of bargains including a mamas and papas baby swing chair for £8 🙂
Finally my bargain of the week was off of Ebay, a Pink Lining ‘twice as nice’ change bag used but as new for £21 and it is retailing for £85