‘Mother­hood has strength­ened our friend­ship twice over’

Mother & Baby (UK) - - LIFE & KIDS -

‘It was a big sur­prise when my best friend Lau­ren told me she was preg­nant. I was thrilled, though, and even more de­lighted a month later to find out that I was ex­pect­ing, too. We’d been friends for 10 years, and worked and so­cialised to­gether – and now we were hav­ing ba­bies at the same time. Al­though Lau­ren was due 12 weeks be­fore me, it was great hav­ing some­one a lit­tle fur­ther along in their preg­nancy to talk to and ask ques­tions of, and I knew she would al­ways give me an hon­est an­swer. We shopped to­gether, joined an aqua­na­tal swim­ming class, and I hosted her baby shower. We loved shar­ing our preg­nancy ex­pe­ri­ence, and be­com­ing mums to­gether.

Nei­ther of us hid our in­ten­tions to get preg­nant sec­ond time around. We both wanted a small age gap be­tween our chil­dren, and shared that we were try­ing. I told Lau­ren I was preg­nant at eight weeks, as I was feel­ing pretty rough, and I sim­ply couldn’t hide it from her. She was over the moon for us all, but also sur­prised given that Sierra Rose was only nine months old at the time. And you can imag­ine my re­ac­tion two weeks later, when we took our tod­dlers swim­ming and Lau­ren an­nounced that, since I was go­ing to see her tummy, she might as well tell me she was hav­ing an­other baby too! And our sec­ond ba­bies were born just two days apart.’

Kim­ber­ley (left) with best friend Laura

Ba­bies Sum­mer and Ni­cholas

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