‘Our bumps brought us closer than ever’

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

“Shall we have a joint baby shower?” my best friend Vic­to­ria asked. We were sit­ting in the car dis­cussing my up­com­ing party, and it took me a minute to grasp ex­actly what she meant. But then the penny dropped: she was preg­nant too! I’d told Vic­to­ria that I was ex­pect­ing a baby early on, as I was hos­pi­talised at six weeks with hy­per­eme­sis gravi­darum (se­vere morn­ing sick­ness). We con­stantly mes­sage each other nor­mally, so I’d had to ex­plain why I’d sud­denly fallen off the face of the earth!

I was ab­so­lutely de­lighted to find out she was just a few weeks be­hind me. And it was pretty cool to know my baby al­ready had a ready-made BFF, too.

Vic­to­ria and I have been best friends for 10 years, meet­ing through my hus­band, James, who went to uni­ver­sity with her and her hus­band An­drew. We al­ready spent our week­ends and hol­i­days to­gether, and worked on our blog, She & Hem, writ­ing about clothes and fash­ion. But from the mo­ment Vic­to­ria told me her news, we did ev­ery­thing to­gether. One of my favourite mem­o­ries is go­ing to preg­nancy yoga. We’d meet for the weekly ses­sion halfway be­tween our houses and then walk to the class. When we started, our bumps were quite small, so we’d skip down the road quite hap­pily. But by the end we were wad­dling along!

Just be­ing able to ask Vic­to­ria: “Is this nor­mal?” or “Are you ex­pe­ri­enc­ing this too?” was fan­tas­tic. When you’re preg­nant, there are so many changes to deal with, and be­ing able to re­as­sure and be re­as­sured by my best friend made such a dif­fer­ence. I wouldn’t like to count how many mes­sages we sent to each other dur­ing those months!

Two weeks be­fore I gave birth, we had our joint baby shower. And then we started to en­joy be­ing first-time mums to­gether. We mes­saged each other at 3am when no-one else was awake. And we’d set up camp in each other’s homes dur­ing the day, get­ting our­selves comfy feed­ing the girls on the sofa, watch­ing TV and tak­ing it in turns to fetch wa­ter and choco­late. We couldn’t have planned it any bet­ter if we’d have tried!’

Jo (right) with Vic­to­ria

Ada (left) with Poppy Jo and Poppy (left) with Vic­to­ria and Ada

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