‘Motherhood has strengthened our friendship twice over’
‘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