Introducing Isla Valentine & Jaxson Ace ( our new babies, born during the pandemic)

(Jaxson and Isla finally meeting after 3 months in lockdown, Jaxson was 9 weeks & Isla was 6 weeks)

 Well, it's safe to say that when we both found out we were pregnant at the same time AGAIN, we were SO excited that our new babies were going to be around 4  weeks apart ( the same as Zack and Delilah!) Couldn't write it could you? We couldn't wait to go through everything together for the second time, but little did we know that there would be a global pandemic and not only would we not be able to see each other, or meet each other babies, neither would our family for the foreseeable future.

Being pregnant for the second time, really was a totally different experience for us both. It's definitely true that after the first, you are much more relaxed and understanding of your body and what it can achieve and do. You know what to expect, you recognise all the changes and don't freak out as much! We spent much less time rushing into hospital scared of reduced movement (I am sure you can all relate!!) and to be honest, didn't really have as much time to take it all in and process everything, due to the toddlers running around our feet! There were no lazy Sundays where we could recharge and hours spent sprawled out on the sofa watching Friends - it was a totally different experience and our pregnancies flew by this time round. So if you are reading this and are currently pregnant for a second time, do try and take it all in and enjoy the moments, as they go so quickly. We also made sure to spend as much quality time with our firstborns as we could and prepare them for the new arrival. It's a good idea to slowly start discussing the fact that a sibling will be arriving soon and perhaps buying some lovely 'big brother/sister' books to read to them at night, or purchase a doll for them to pretend is their new little sibling. We won't lie, we were petrified and actually upset to imagine the prospect of turning their lives upside down and upsetting them with the new arrivals, but honestly, as cliche as it sounds and like everyone told us, once the babies were here, it was as if all that worrying was for nothing!!

When Jax and Isla were born, it was during a world changing pandemic that we never would have imagined happening. Jax was even born the day the country when into lockdown and Sophie had to change her birth plan entirely, due to the strict restrictions enforced.

So when wee were finally been able to get together recently ( at a social distance) we wanted to record a little video for you, on how we have found it having babies during lockdown in the pandemic and we hope some of you reading who may be going through the same, can relate and will feel better knowing you aren't going through this alone!


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