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We’re gearing up for The Norfolk Bump & Beyond Baby and Toddler Fair

Sorry for the radio silence on the blog front! Oh the joys of pregnancy and morning sickness, which isn’t morning sickness at all. It’s all day, any time sickness. Well it is in my case anyway! As you may have guessed, this blog is primarily dedicated to The Norfolk Bump & Beyond Baby and Toddler Fair, which is getting closer!

New Addition

If you haven’t already seen our new addition announcement, we are expecting our 2nd (and last!) baby in July. We had our 20 week scan appointment last Friday to check everything is ok with “Rainbow”. Our daughter Niamh has named the baby “Rainbow” and it pretty adamant that is what the baby will be called. I think it has a certain ring to it…Rainbow Raines! Someone else isn’t quite so sure. We decided not to find out the gender, although I have a feeling it will be another girl. Mark will be somewhat outnumbered in the household if it is! We had a surprise with Niamh, although once again, I was pretty sure we were having a girl. I lost my Mum in 2013 just after I had my 20 week scan. It may sound silly, but in experience, in seems that you lose one person in the family and gain another, which are the same gender.

I had pretty much everything going with my first pregnancy, except heartburn. They do say that if you have heartburn, then the baby will have lots of hair. Funnily enough Niamh didn’t have much at all! All in all, I had a rough time with pregnancy. I hated people who seemed to breeze through it and make it look so easy!

Bad pregnancy, easy child birth

Niamh was very comfortable where she was and didn’t want to make an appearance. My Midwife went on holiday and forgot to book me in for induction before she left. I then went in to be induced at +14 days. I had two days of what can only be described as horrific induction to only be told that I was at 2cm, which isn’t enough to break your waters. Throughout the whole process, I had no contractions at all. The next day was a Saturday and the Consultant came round and gave me three options.

1. To have a Caesarean that afternoon provided that an emergency didn’t come into A&E, as they don’t do planned C-Sections at the weekend, only emergencies.

2. Have more induction at my own risk due to licensing laws, although it would be highly unlikely that this would cause me to go into labour or

3. Wait and do nothing. With that I was told that the risk of still birth goes up dramatically from full term. I felt I had no choice and went with the Caesarean.

I was petrified about child birth and think that my brain and body had already made the decision not to have any contractions or labour at all. The brain is a powerful thing. I’m not sure how accurate that is, but that’s what I believe.

So with all that happening on the first child, no wonder it has taken 3.5 years to go through it all again. I don’t think you forget. Don’t get me wrong, Niamh is worth it and that is the focus through it all. The end result.

The birth of The Norfolk Bump & Beyond Baby and Toddler Fair

This is one of the reasons why we decided to start The Norfolk Bump & Beyond Baby and Toddler Fair. We are still learning and I think as parents, you always are. This time round is similar, but with different hurdles all the way.

If you are like us and want to know what is available to you as either a first time parent or a seasoned pro, then there are so many amazing companies on our doorstep to make that journey just that little bit easier. Some of whom will be at the fair on Sunday 25th March at The Norfolk Showground Arena. Don’t worry its all inside too! I just hope that I can find 10 minutes to have a wander around myself!