We are delighted to share news from some of our newest Princethorpe mums.
During the second half of 2020 four members of staff have welcomed new babies into their families: Emma Cooper (Head of Science), Julia Lindsay (Teacher of History), Alison Wakeley (Teacher of Music) and Lauren Prydderch (Receptionist\Administrator).
Julia explained, "It is fair to say that having a baby in 2020 has been a challenging experience - all the usual pregnancy, maternity and baby worries and stresses; the reality of life through a fog of sleep deprivation with a newborn and all while living through two lockdowns for Covid. Finding out that I was one of four Princethorpe ladies to be having a baby at roughly the same time has been a lifesaver. As we went into the first lockdown in March, with ante-natal classes and groups all being closed down, we turned to each other for support. We have messaged, chatted and video-called, being there for each other and gaining strength from each other, plus some adult conversation outside our own homes!
Emelia was born on 1 September; the third of the Princethorpe babies, who all appeared in the correct order, only four days later than she was due. Becoming a mum for the first time, making our own little family has been incredible, and overwhelming at times. It is true to say that the Princethorpe Spirit of Family extended beyond the walls of the College and the four of us have relied on each other for help, advice, meeting up (when we could) and I could not have got through this time without them.
Others from the College have also been immensely kind and thoughtful, and it has been lovely to have messages of support, hand-knitted gifts and socially distanced walks. I’m definitely Princethorpe and proud, and blessed to be part of such a caring staff, who truly are friends."
Lauren said, "I can only echo Julia's sentiments. When I gave birth I spent nine days in hospital and spent much of that time alone, so having Alison, Emma and Julia to lean on for support during such a strange and uniquely challenging time was invaluable. I will never forget their kind words and gentle encouragement, whilst wondering if I would ever be discharged! Jack William Prydderch was born on 23 June weighing a healthy 7lbs 8oz. I have no doubt that he and this year's other Princethorpe babies will be friends for years to come."
Emma welcomed baby Jude on 22 August. She added, "As Julia and Lauren have said, being pregnant, giving birth and raising a baby for the first time during a pandemic has not necessarily been as we dreamed. Much of the support that we assumed would be there for us was suddenly no longer available. They say it takes a village to raise a child and a chunk of my village has appeared in the form of these lovely ladies and their gorgeous new arrivals, often over a phone or computer screen, with their kind words, much needed advice and surprise deliveries. 2020 will be a memorable year for most people and not necessarily for the best reasons, but for us it’s always going to be a favourite, bringing new family and a bonus of new friends."
Alison welcomed her third child, daughter Anna, at the very end of September, after keeping mum waiting for twelve days. Despite the delay, all was well with Anna, born weighing 9lb 8oz, and she was then met at home by her two very excited big bothers. She said, "Even though I am a third time mum, it’s amazing how much you forget and I have loved sharing this experience with the other Princethorpe ladies, who have given me so much advice and support, including someone to message during those 3.00am feeds!"
It was wonderful to hear how well these little ones are doing and to share news of the newest members of our Princethorpe family.