My second mini-explorer has now arrived into the world! A daughter, a sister to my little boy, Nova, and our newest travel companion. Our hearts were already full with love when Nova came into our lives just under two years ago – or so we thought. Her arrival has increased those feelings beyond belief.
^^My last bump pic^^
We’ve named her Kit Taylor. Wanting something short and unique, but not too out there, we picked the name really early on, but it took a while for it to grow on Jay and then I doubted my choice. We looked at endless lists, wanting to make sure it was the right name and sentiment. No name will ever do her justice, but a famous explorer and a writer of the same name swayed us (well, at least me) slightly. It just felt right and so, here she is. Our mini-explorer, Kit Taylor. <3
Kit arrived into the world at our home. Some of you will remember that I was planning a homebirth and luckily it all went to plan. It feels completely surreal to think that she was born in the very room that I’m sat in now. There are less twinkly lights and candles flickering now, but I guess a little girl’s arrival justifies a bit of effort, right?
For those of you who love a good birth story, my waters broke around lunchtime, with proper contractions kicking in at 3.30pm. I managed to sway and breathe through them, laughing and chatting in between. They started at 20 minutes apart and soon came on thick and fast. Luckily Nova was at nursery, so my sister collected him and he went to stay at hers for the night.
We had hired a birthing pool, but couldn’t decide when to fill it as we didn’t want to use it too early. I wanted the relief of the water to be used when I really, really needed it. By 6.30pm we decided to go for it. I called the midwives to let them know it was happening, but that I was ok for now. However, by 6.40pm I called again to say that they really needed to get here. Like now!
We ended up with two midwives who were going off shift and two who were coming on, so a full house of more than capable hands. This time round I didn’t have to push. I gave in to my body, letting it do the work and by 7.50pm our little girl was born.
I hadn’t intended to give birth in the pool, but it all happened quite quickly and to be honest, I couldn’t move into another position let alone out of the pool. As it turns out, it was perfect. She was safe, healthy and here and that’s all that matters.
The Meeting of Mini-Explorers
Our original mini-explorer met her the following day and wow, was his face a treat. It’s what I suspect my face would look like if someone told me they’d paid and organised for me to fulfil all of my travel wish lists. Seriously, if I could bottle that moment I would.
He rushed over and stroked, kissed and cuddled her. Pausing every now and then to look at us and say ‘sister’. Since then he’s been a real sweetie and taken it all in his stride. He’s obsessed with wanting to change her nappy and carry her, but I’m sure that novelty will wear off!
Family Travel Plans
Our newest arrival has been here just over a week and naturally (at least for us!) our thoughts have turned to our next family adventures as a four. We’ve just booked a trip to Poland to enjoy the Christmas markets and pretty mountains. She’ll be three months old and Nova will be two years old, so it’ll be an exciting learning curve, I’m sure.
We’re also finalising some plans for Kit’s first long-haul trip, which will likely be to Canada. We took Nova when he was six months old and it was honestly one of my favourite trips ever, so I’m super excited to go back. We’re hoping to go to Vancouver this time round.
I’m sure there will be lots more travel plans to share with you soon, but for now I’m off to catch up on some sleep and dream about faraway places. X
My Mini-Explorer is Here! (Nova’s story)