This week I officially stated when I want to start my maternity leave, ten weeks to go! Its often the way that when you know your leaving somewhere you actually start to think you dont mind the place too much after all. But no, I am very excited to have the end in sight.
I'm really looking forward to getting the house in order, I think I can start to understand the nesting instinct already (although I'm not quite on the cleaning products frenzy yet). Although we are not having an actual nursery (we are hoping to have him sleep with us for the first year at least) I am still excited to set the spare room up with toys and books. My parents (the grumpy and ouma mentioned in the letter above) are visiting at the moment and brought down a few boxes of my old toys and books, there are some real gems in there that I cant wait to get out and look at properly. Tom's sister also brought round a few bags of baby clothes earlier in the week, including some dinosaur romper suits (who said boys clothes aren't fun?!) so its all getting quite exciting round here!
I've been thinking more and more about the actual birth lately. I am planning a home water birth, the thought of this makes me feel utterly calm and when I actually think of the birth i am more curious/excited then scared at this point. The only thing I am apprehensive about is if for any reason my pregnancy goes from a 'un-complicated' one to a 'complicated' and for any reason I am told I have to go into hospital. It is hugely important to me to be able to give birth at home so fingers crossed everything stays ok and I can go ahead with my planned home birth. I love reading birth stories on blogs and these are a couple that make me feel at ease when I think about the actual event.
If anyone would like to recommend me some other inspiring birth stories that would be great! I have been talking with a few mama friends recently and I know lots of the time your birth plan can go completely out of the window and things can turn out far from how you planned. The most important thing is that you and your baba is safe but if I could have a nice experience too that would be ace, thanks ;) xoxo