latent phase of labour
Unsugar Coated Motherhood

Meeting a Newbie

I wrote recently about a friend who was in the early stages of labour. Well she had the baby four days after my post – a beautiful little girl (pictured above). She came into the world totally adored by her family, including two and half year old big brother. Her mummy was chuffed to bits as she secretly wanted a girl, and it’s always nice to get what you want in these situations isn’t it.

My 21mo’s nursery was closed for an inset day on Friday, and hubby was working from home so could cover childcare after school for 4yo. It was the perfect opportunity to go and meet the new arrival, and see my friend who I’d not seen since the summer. She lives an almost two hour train trip away, which can be disastrous with a toddler in tow. Thankfully lady luck was on our side and it was completely fine. My lovely obliging girl slept almost the entire way there and I got to catch up with my blog reading. Win win!


My friend is doing great, you’d never know she had given birth two weeks previously and been up since 2am. Even though new mums always feel like crap in those early days it’s nice to be told you are looking great, and it wasn’t even stretching the truth. We treated ourselves to a yummy pub lunch – the big kids played, the baby fed and the mummies ate way too much. Then we headed back to the train station. It was a good half an hour walk, but the sun was shining by then and it was a glorious stroll. Also fab to have a proper gossip sesh without being interrupted by the needs and wants of three kids as they were all safely snuggled up in their buggies.

The train journey back was a lot less subdued, with 21mo needing constant attention but still being such a good girl. I really can’t complain. I have been ‘that’ woman with ‘those’ kids so many times before, but fortunately not on this particular day.


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  1. That does sound like a magical day and good for you guys venturing so far with little ones, especially your friend. Half an hour walk?! I’m impressed. Don’t think I walked more than to the kitchen and back for weeks after I gave birth! #magicmoments

  2. Thanks so much everyone! The baby is so gorgeous, and teeny. You forget how small they are when you have bigger ones 😉

  3. congrats to your friend her baby is beautiful, always nice to meet a new bundle of joy.

  4. Aw, just lovin’ that beautiful pic at the top of the post! #MagicMoments

  5. sandinmytoestk says:

    It’s such a beautiful feeling to see a newborn baby. Glad your trip turned out so well, especially because you had a toddler with you! #MagicMoments

  6. sarahmo3w says:

    How lovely! I’m impressed that you braved such a long trip on your own with a toddler in tow – and equally impressed she was good!

  7. What a lovely way to spend your day, and even better that the travel was stress free 🙂 #MagicMoments

  8. Oh I miss newborns! Haven’t had a newborn snuggle since L mysteriously stopped being one. I wish she had warned me it would be over so quick I do no regret letting her sleep or snuggle on me.

    Well done on all the train journeys. I have taken L on the train a few times. The last of which I was the mum with the screaming infant and no time to get her out and snuggle her.

    I also wanted to say how much I love your blog design with the animals. Super cute.


  9. it must have been especially wonderful for your friend that you made that journey to see and support her.

  10. This sounds like such a beautiful day!! (congratulations to your friend! she is beautiful)

    Thanks for linking up with #MagicMoments x

  11. What a fabulous photo – adorable baby. It must have been amazing to see your friend and this little one. What a treat and nice you had a good journey home too 🙂

  12. I love newborn babies! I love their smell, their smiles and most especially their smell 🙂 #MagicMoments

  13. Aw, what a lovely day! Gorgeous baby 🙂

  14. Such a lovely baby, congratulations to your friend! 🙂 x

  15. What a lovely moment for you and your friend – so glad that your little one behaved too, makes it all so much nicer doesn’t it? Baby looks gorgeous 🙂

  16. What a sweet little baby! Gosh I love newborns, congratulations to your friend and its sounds as though you had a lovely day all round! #magicmoments x

  17. She’s gorgeous! A lovely way to spend a spare day, and great that all of the little ones enjoyed and behaved, too 🙂

  18. Was your 21mo completely fascinated with the baby? Congrats to your friend. You’re right, those first weeks and months are so hard but she sounds like she’s doing really well.

  19. Cute little one and glad to hear you and your friend got some time to yourselves.

    Was very brave of you to do such a long train trip!

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