Both of us were involved in every stage of the pregnancy and in the antenatal classes. We felt it was important to share these key moments, but we did this with a good deal of detachment, continuing to live our daily lives. Antoine had wanted to be a father for some time and because of his experience as a fireman, he already had a good idea of what a pregnancy was all about.
A lot of my friends have, or are going to have a child. They were the ones I went to for help and advice. On top of that, I work in infant care and I am regularly in contact with future mums. This meant that it was easy to find the information I was looking for. I didn’t exactly have thousands of questions to ask!
Before learning the baby’s sex, we had a small preference for a boy, but all that really mattered was that the baby was in good health. When we learnt that we were expecting a boy and told our families, everyone was delighted. We had agreed on a name for a girl, but it was harder for a boy. We wanted to wait and see the baby to make sure that it was the right one!
We prepared for the birth confidently, without any particular apprehensions. We felt it would be best not to have the epidural, but we would see on the big day.