Towards the end of my pregnancy I had the most awful mood swings. I was absolutely hateful, but I just couldn't do anything about it.

Poor Richard didn't know whether he was coming or going, because two hours after my meltdown, I'd be all docile and want a hug! But he was amazing, very patient and understanding, and took it all on the chin. I bet he's really pleased he's got the 'normal' me back again.

Lauren arrived 16 days late, on New Year's Eve, weighing 8lb 6oz. As she'd been due on December 15, I'd bought lots of tiny sleepsuits and a stocking with Baby's first Christmas written on it, but her late arrival and size meant they were all wasted. New Year's Eve was a blur, as Lauren arrived at 5pm, by which time I hadn't slept for 36 hours!

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Rachael is enjoying baby Lauren so much that she's in no great rush to return to work

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