I have decided to start a blog in order to share my experiences of the amazing journey that my daughter, Boo, and I are on. I have decided on a blog rather than a diary in the hopes that writing things down as well as sharing them may help me to get ideas, inspiration from other people online, but also hopefully share some ideas.
I have also decided not to use my daughter real name, but my nickname for her. I am not really sure where it came from but anyway.
I am 28 and I live in a small town in the UK with my daughter who is eight months old and my husband. I am currently on maternity leave from my job and so I get to spend my days with my daughter.
My pregnancy was, thankfully, straightforward though I did suffer from HG (severe nausea and sickness) from week 6 until the day I gave birth. I gave birth at my local hospital, where all of the midwives and other staff were amazing. I had a short labour using gas & air and I had a water birth. I only had a vague birth plan before I went into a labour, which was basically that my husband was there with me and if everything was OK I would use only gas and air as pain relief and have a water birth. I feel so very lucky that I got to have a labour/birth which ‘went to plan’.
I have breastfed my daughter from birth, and am still breastfeeding her, though we have recently started weaning. I have no real plan as to how long I will continue to breastfeed for, I suppose I will know when the time comes that it is time to stop. Weaning is still so new, and a little nerve-wracking but very exciting. I have decided to do a mixture of baby led weaning and purees and I am just taking things at the pace Boo sets.