E: Working in the area I do, I know how strict rules and regulations around safety can be in hospitals, and mostly for good reason. But to find out that Soph’s efforts to get Jack permission to be in the theatre were successful was such a relief- I know it would have been quite sad on the day if Jack didn’t have the choice to be there to see his baby be born.
S: In the middle of January, Jack and I started NCT. As I’ve said before it wasn’t really something Jack had ever really wanted to do but he gave in because i felt it was important for us to experience a taste of normality, regardless of how our baby was arriving. It was also the first pregnancy related thing we were doing on our own without Em. It felt kind of odd not having her there but also it’s been good for us.
The first session was of course a little awkward and initially I felt like I had to hide the fact I didn’t have a bump. During the introductions I decided to go first and tell everyone our friend was carrying the baby and I wasn’t actually pregnant and we both felt more at ease after this. Most of the sessions have been labour and pregnancy related so far but we move onto baby related sessions soon which will be more beneficial for us. We’ve met some lovely people which was the main aim.
E: I always said S&J should do things as if this was a normal pregnancy and NCT was one of them. Everyone has different experiences of it but that’s kind of the fun of it- and now they have their NCT story just like lots of other parents do! Which is lovely.
S: At our 31 week midwife check, Ems bump was measuring slightly above average for the second time so we were referred to the hospital for a growth scan the following week. The morning of the scan I felt so excited as we hadn’t seen him since the 20 week one. It was so incredible seeing him again on the screen! Initially (as with every scan!) he was upside down. After that he started wriggling around, poked his tongue out and yawned. It’s funny, the bigger they get, the less you can make out on the screen. But all his measurements looked fine and his estimated current weight was 4lb 3oz. Em always says he thumps away late at night so he’s pretty active!