Hi, I'm Nicki...

At 11.15pm on the 19th of April 2014, at the age of 28, I squeezed out gave birth to my son, Joseph Ruari Batchelor. He weighed a tiddly 5lb 14oz and was one week early.

My pregnancy was considered high-risk as I had a low PAPP-A hormone reading at the 12 week blood test which meant that I was scanned every four weeks from 20 weeks to check Joseph's growth. It was pretty worrying at the time and it wasn't until a few days before he arrived, following a number of healthy scans, that my consultant signed me off to say I was safe to have the water birth that I so desperately wanted. I also had an anterior placenta and retroverted uterus. Read more about my pregnancy.

In the last two months of pregnancy I developed a pyogenic granuloma on my lip (a seriously fugly growth) which was eventually removed at five weeks post-partum. It was grim, but you can read about it here.

My labour was induced as I had Premature Rupture of Membranes (PROM) which basically means that my waters broke way before Joseph was ready to make his appearance, and also meant that I didn't get to have the dreamy water birth I wanted. Read more about Joseph's birth.

For me, the pain of breastfeeding was waaaay, way, worse than labour and birth... Perhaps if I'd had Pethadine for those four weeks I might've been ok though! I switched to formula at four weeks but I still wanted to give Joseph breast milk as my supply was pretty good (not to mention the incredible guilt I felt for stopping) so I started expressing my breast milk four times a day and gradually reduced it until I stopped completely at six months. Read more about how I feed Joseph and the emotions involved.

I started this blog in June 2014, once I felt a bit better in myself after having a baby, firstly as a bit of a release as well as a sort of diary, because Lord knows I won't remember any of this in years to come, but also to meet other mums and share the things that Joseph and I have experienced and the things that we like.

Thank you for reading x

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Thank you so much for reading and taking the time to leave a comment. It really means a lot! Nicki x