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Pregnancy Diaries #7: The Early Labour Scare

A couple of weeks ago, I was sure I was going into labour. I had started to get a few aches and pains that I hadn't experienced before and this soon turned into cramping around my lower belly. The baby's head felt so low that I thought it could just pop out as I walked. Needless to say, I panicked. I was scouring every Mumsnet discussion looking for answers as to what on earth was happening inside my body. I had basically bookmarked the NHS guidance pages by this point. And my search history was pretty much just me googling 'am I in labour?' about a hundred time in a hundred different ways to try to get to the bottom of the issue. I even did that respectable 'out of office' style insta story to let everyone know that I thought bubba was coming.

But here I am, two weeks later, still pregnant living my best cramp-free life.

Honestly though, it was a bit of a wake up call. It really did make the whole thing feel a lot more real. I know, I have been pregnant for ages now so it should feel real but I can't say it has really sunk in yet. Like the magnitude of the change that is about to happen in our lives. The reality of having a newborn again - the sleepless nights, the breastfeeding, the massive responsibility of having to care of a child that literally can't even hold their own head up for themselves. All that, and having a toddler. And being in a foreign country where I don't have friends or family. It is a lot. And I know it will be such a special time for us - becoming a family of four is a real blessing - but it will be a lot.

But it also made me realise how much more prepared I am this time around. We still may not be in the perfect financial situation but I think both Isaac and I have a lot more confidence in ourselves now. We are older. We know how things work. We know what is expected of us - how to be (we hope!) good parents. And, for me, I am in a much better headspace than I was 2 years ago. I actually look at myself and think that I am exactly the kind of person I'd want to have raising my children.

So, for now we wait. Our official due date is October 17th but I am not convinced that we will have to wait until then to meet our new arrival. Either way, this little scare has woken us up a bit - something I think we really needed. We now have the hospital bag almost complete and we have a cot too. We've sorted out most of the clothes and started thinking about paternity leave.

I guess, all we need now is the baby! Oh, and to think of a name...

What I'm wearing (aff links):
Dress: Mango via ASOS
T-shirt: Wednesday's Girl via ASOS

You may also enjoy:
Pregnancy Diaries #1-6
I'm Not A Cool Mum & That's OK
How I Found Out I Was Pregnant With Baby #2
Transitioning Your Maternity Wardrobe From Summer To Autumn
Reclaiming My Identity Post-Partum
Things I Wish I'd Been Told About The Newborn Stage

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