One whole year ago I was 33 weeks pregnant with Ada. I was waddling my way towards maternity leave and preparing for the idea of having two children, whilst also mildly panicking that I had a Christmas Day due date. Yup, 25th December.
When I first found out I was pregnant with Ada I was ridiculously excited. We’d talked about having another baby and really wanted Harley to have a sibling so when I took the test first thing on Easter Monday morning I was over the moon. After staring at the test for about an hour, waking up a still-drunk-from-the-night-before Tom to show him and sending a picture to my family iMessage group I decided to download a pregnancy app. It was then that I discovered my predicted due date… 22nd December.
Obviously I was so excited but immediately felt guilty. Guilty that potentially this baby would have to share their birthday with the festive season and guilty that potentially Harley’s Christmas would be majorly disrupted.
I had a private early scan at seven weeks mainly because I’m the most impatient person ever and wanted to check that my chicken nugget cravings and overwhelming feeling of sickness weren’t just in my head. At that scan the due date was put back a few days to 27th December based on measurements but it was at my 12 week scan we were told that actually D-day was Christmas Day. The midwife tried to reassure us that only 5% of babies are actually born on their due date and of course I could still go over almost 2 weeks. But this was me we were talking about and I was convinced that she’d come on Christmas Day.
As it would happen, she was late. 10 days to be precise, born in a whole different year. We also ending up having the most organised Christmas ever.
My tips for preparing for a Christmas Day due date:
Get the panic out the way.
Yes it might get a little crazy and you’ll get the ‘oooh bad planning’ line at least eight times a day but it’s just a day.
I think this was the thing I was most stressed about. Christmas is obviously a super busy time and there’s lots to plan for, especially when you have a toddler in tow. We had to plan different scenarios for Christmas Day and childcare for Harley. I was so worried that he was going to have to spend the day without us so wanted to make sure it would be really special for him. We basically had five different versions of Christmas Day planned out: 1- Me in hospital. 2- Me and Tom (and my mum) at hospital. 3 – Me in hospital with baby. 4 – Go into labour on Christmas Day. 5 – No baby.
Organisation is key.
I decided I was going to have to get really organised. Christmas presents were brought and wrapped much earlier than I’d ever done before and it meant I got to enjoy the festivities much more.
The shops and supermarkets would be closed on Christmas Day and open reduced hours before and after so I tried to think ahead for what we’d need. I scheduled a couple of online food shops (if you don’t already do I definitely recommend signing up with Ocado as they do amazing offers for new customers) and stocked up on all the nappies and wipes we could ever need!
What will be will be.
I realised early on there was no point in stressing out. Baby would arrive whenever she was ready so I needed to relax and enjoy my time with Harley. I did stop bouncing on my birthing ball and taking my raspberry leaf capsules though for a few days.
Try and keep things normal for your other children.
Our biggest concern was Harley. He was at the age where he really understood Christmas and would have definitely noticed if we weren’t around. We decided not to make a massively big deal of counting down to Christmas Day just in case we weren’t going to be there on the day but equally tried not to talk about the new baby arriving at Christmas time too much.
If you are expecting this Christmas, good luck!
The Aspiring Yummy Mummy. x