Dear Baby Bud,

We have had a scan every week for the last few weeks and today the doctor decided that I am going to be induced on Tuesday at 39 weeks. You have continued to grow well and currently, weigh just over 9lb which is considered to be quite large for a baby.

The consultant has asked me to keep an open mind but I want to have a natural birth like I have done with your siblings. Besides, I think you are always more scared of what you don’t know and the idea of having a section really scares me. I am just desperately hoping that it all goes smoothly.

I think we are as ready as we can be. Daddy has built the crib and your pushchair is here waiting for you. Even now as I hang out your clothes that I have washed to dry, I still can’t believe that there will be a tiny little baby to wear them. We can’t wait to see what you are going to look like and who you are going to take after!

Eva is desperate to pick out your clothes and has pleaded with us to let her just have a ‘quick go’ and push you around in her toy buggy. Unfortunately for her, this is never going to happen! the good news is that your pushchair handle is adaptable so she can push you around in your real one that is safe, secure and doesn’t have flimsy plastic bars on the side.

I think there are so many emotions that come towards the end of pregnancy. Sometimes I feel overwhelmed and feel like I could hide away, other days I am ready for you to come and then other days I feel like I am nowhere near ready. That’s the key thing with parenting though, I don’t think you are ever ready for any of it.

I have loved growing you and keeping you safe over the last 9 months and can’t wait to meet you.

We love you so much already.

Love Mummy xx