This week we’ve spent getting a little bit more prepared for the arrival of baby, following the news last weekend that one of our NCT friends, due mere days before us, had their baby five weeks early! This certainly sharpened our focus that there’s not long to go; especially for hubby who I don’t think I’ve ever seen so panicked!
Fortunately all seems to be going well for our friends despite their surprise early arrival. It has been good for us to realise that we need to be a bit more motivated in terms of being ready; we have most of the ‘stuff’, it’s just not organised properly.
On Tuesday we had another IKEA delivery of a small storage unit for the nursery and a tall bookcase for the spare bedroom, as we just had so many books the half height bookcase we had simply wasn’t cutting it!
Also on Tuesday the Health Visitor came to introduce herself and the service they offer. I really had no idea what to expect and I’m sure, like me, you’ve heard lots of horror stories about Health Visitors pushing their own opinion of what is ‘right’ and generally making new mothers feel wholly inadequate. I think I came over a little more aggressively than I meant to, as she told me that I could refuse the service if I wanted to! Whoops! She did say, though, that she herself had become a Health Visitor after her own HV had treated her in just the way I had described. So I think she knew where I was coming from!
We had a good chat though and I felt really encouraged as the conversation continued as everything she said, she supported with research which made me feel as though she was coming from a considered approach rather than an ‘I’ve been doing this for years and I know best’ point of view. I told her about my worries around breastfeeding and my friend’s wedding and she was really positive. She politely disagreed with what the breastfeeding counsellor had told me, and even offered to make an additional appointment with me at around 3-4 weeks to help me to introduce a bottle, which we can make nearer the time if breastfeeding is working out for me. Hopefully I’ve found the practical support I was looking for!
On Sunday we had our second hypnobirthing session (more about that later in the week) and then we finally packed mine and hubby’s hospital bags. I’m hoping to get a changing bag soon so that I can use that as baby’s hospital bag. In the meantime if anything happens we’ll just have to shove it all in a carrier bag!! Oh the shame! I doubt I’ll be that bothered when I’m dealing with the business of birthing though…
How was your experience with your Health Visitor? Was I right to be sceptical or have you had a lovely, supportive relationship with yours?
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