-Nesting & Fixating -
Towards the end of my pregnancy there are two things that stick in my mind. Well, three. The nesting, watching A LOT of labour videos and tumble-dry sheets. I loved smelling Tesco’s tumble dry sheets I had about 10 just in George’s hospital bag so that he came home stinking of them…
Let’s start with nesting. WOW, I heard a few people mention about it here and there, I never really thought anything of it. I just thought I would find myself one day sorting out the tin’s cupboard in the kitchen. Oh no, this was more, way more for me. Prior to being pregnant I’ve never really been one to be organised, I was a scatter brain. So when the nesting hormone kicked in I was shocked at how my brain needed to have things not only planned to the last minute but to be taken out and re-arranged again and again. I actually folded muslins into spirals and sewed blue hoops on to all 30 I had panic bought. I folded and unfolded George’s clothes more times than I care to share and don’t get me started on how many times I packed and re-packed my hospital bag. In the end my hospital bag was a small suitcase with four organiser cases inside, that I took upon myself to LABEL!! “pre-labour”, “labour”, “post labour” and “toiletries”. I labelled them so if I needed anything my mum or partner would know exactly which compartment to go into. Looking back it was helpful but jeees.
I wrote a birth plan out about 5 times. I really recommend doing it! Although it may not, almost never goes the way you imagine or want it to go I still say to do it! I was treated a certain way when I arrived into hospital but after my birth plan was read the midwives changed how they were with me. They gave me everything I needed. Human to human contact, cuddles, reassurance and support. There is no harm writing down your ideal way to give birth.
This leads me on to my next point. The fixating. I would watch labour videos over and over again, I would cry hysterically every time the baby was born and passed between the mums legs and placed on her chest. I would watch her face light up, watch her cry. Id watch the dad and how he always seems to touch mum in some way with a tear in his eye while he thanks her simply by kissing her on the head. The pain just disappears from her body and she just left with ultimate love and relief when she meets this tiny little human being and to me, it was the most romantic experience and it gets me every time. It still does. I could not wait for that to be us and our beautiful son.
Only to realise that’s not how it was going to be but that’s for the next blog….
Did you have any weird cravings? Did you stay clear of birth videos? Did you write a birth plan?
Lots of Love,
Kelly & George x