To be honest, I'm not even sure you can be prepared for the arrival of a baby, particularly your first one. Is there actually a time when parents-to-be say "yes, I'm ready this this!" and then put their feet up, grab a cuppa and wait for the impending birth?
I am in no shape or form a flapper, but with something so important and large-scale as welcoming a baby into the world and bringing it home to look after for the next 18+ years, I can feel my pulse racing and palms sweating at just the thought.
Ok, deep breaths. Only kidding, I'm not that bad. I'm actually really excited and of course a little nervous for the labour. Since I was a little girl I knew I wanted to be a mummy. I always loved it when my mum's friends brought round their babies - Steph the babysitter prepared for duty!
With only 6 weeks left until Baby Stephens' due date (14th November), I can say that time is going rather quickly. Luckily, I think we have everything we need for a newborn thanks to Pinterest and the amazing checklists it has - I definitely recommend checking it out if you haven't already. We've got our baby shower coming up this weekend and I'm sure our friends and family will gift us some useful things, even though I've told them I want it to be about the celebration of the nearly-here addition to our family rather than the gifts.
Am I mentally prepared for Baby Stephens? Yes, I'd like to think I am. I've been carrying around this precious cargo for eight months now, so if that hasn't given me enough time then I've got one more month to prepare. Yikes. I think it's slightly harder for the father to mentally prepare himself though, only because nothing has really changed for them. Yes, you may now have a lot of baby items lying around the house, but they haven't been feeling the emotional connection we have with our babies.
I've been trying to keep Greg involved via my Ovia app updates and how I'm feeling. He was also involved in a lot of the purchasing decisions - he got particularly involved with choosing a pram. It was like buying a new car for him haha!
Am I physically prepared for Baby Stephens? The answer to that is I don't know. As this is my first baby, I have no idea what to expect with the labour and therefore don't know what I need to do to prepare myself physically for it. Unfortunately, there are no antenatal classes in my area at the moment due to lack of NHS staff, but I have been using YouTube as a resource. I've been following hypnobirthing and breathing exercise videos, as well as pelvic floor ones. I was a lot fitter before being pregnant, but being ill in the first trimester and feeling tired when I get in from work most days, I just don't have the energy. I do however take advantage of those energy-fuelled days I do get. I guess, because every birth is different, are you ever really physically prepared for it?
My hospital bags are packed for both me and baby, so it's just a waiting game now!