A couple of thousand entries later, and we’ve finally whittled down our Bump, Birth and Beyond entrants to just three soon-to-be mums and their partners! As the name suggests, we’ll be following their journeys from baby scan to labour pains, right through to their little one’s first few years and beyond. So who are our lucky ladies?
Emma – 22 weeks
Emma and her husband David only got married in May, so were delighted to discover they were pregnant just a few months later. Honeymoon baby alert! So far they’ve been decorating the spare room, fitting new wardrobes and knitting a blanket for their soon-to-arrive baby, which resident four legged friend Buzz has already taken a liking to.
An existing heart condition has made being pregnant tough and required lots of extra hospital appointments in Manchester and London, but luckily Emma and David have a strong network of relatives to support them – several of whom she sees every day whilst working for the family joinery business.
In her words – “The best thing about being pregnant is feeling my baby move around – it’s a lovely sensation and it is like baby is trying to say hello every time it kicks!” Here’s to a happy, healthy bundle of joy arriving in a few months’ time.
Katie – 26 weeks
Katie and hubby Nathan both work as teachers at a secondary school in Derbyshire, where our soon-to-be mum is also the Head of Art. It’s been an exciting year so far for the lovely couple – they found out they were pregnant on their first wedding anniversary in Easter, and their surprise baby is due on Boxing Day as a lovely day-late Christmas present. Not to mention Katie’s sister Laura is currently expecting as well – her little bundle is due two weeks after Katie, meaning the beginning of 2016 is bound to an almost overwhelmingly exciting period.
As well as purchasing an excessive amount of baby grows (her words, not ours – we maintain there’s no such thing as too many), Katie has joined pregnancy yoga and antenatal parenting classes, and is relieved to be entering the third trimester when she can talk openly and freely about her baby bump. Keep going strong Katie!
Alice – 37 weeks
Our furthest along mother-to-be is Alice, a full time blogger and receptionist from East Sussex. She’s a pretty inspiring young lady, who’s been showing her online followers how best to style your bump all throughout her pregnancy, also managing to cope with her epilepsy worries, which have caused plenty of stress from the get-go.
Like a lot of expectant mums, her 30 week 4-D scan was a particularly emotional day, allowing her to see her little baby girl for the first time and validate all of her patience and hard work. Surprisingly her favourite thing about being pregnant is seeing how her body has changed and grown, though she will admit she has up and down days like all the rest of us – thank God!
We’re incredibly excited to share the ups, downs, aches and pains of each family’s parenting experience, along with all of the similarities and differences they will no doubt share. Time to buckle in for the ride!