Ami Holt, 23, a marketing assistant, lives in Kent with partner Sean. She is 40 weeks pregnant.
‘For a long time my partner Sean and I desperately wanted a baby. When I got pregnant at last, I was over the moon, but I didn’t want to tempt fate. So while I ticked everything off on my to-do list, I just couldn’t allow myself to get emotionally attached to the idea I was actually, finally about to have a baby. A few days ago, that all changed. I hadn’t felt the baby move for a few hours so, just to be safe, I went to hospital to get checked out. To my relief, the heart-rate monitor showed the baby was fine. ‘Are you feeling any tightenings?” the midwife asked. Suddenly, the crampy period-type pains I’d been experiencing on and off that morning made sense. I’d assumed they were Braxton Hicks practice contractions but I was in early labour! In that moment, I realised it was actually happening – soon, we were going to meet our baby! I’m back home right now, waiting for labour to progress, but that excitement hasn’t left me. I’m 100 per cent ready for this baby!’