I’ve never been the biggest baby person.
There are some people who will cross a room to gaga over them, pull them from their prams for a cuddle and squeal with delight when a sticky fingered toddler waddles their way.
Me? I feel that way about dogs.
I mean I will run through traffic to say hello to a stranger’s puppy. Smelly wet labrador? Not a problem! But hand me a baby and I’ve always been a bit… non-plussed by the whole thing. Naturally I assumed I’d feel differently about my own one day, but there was always that niggling doubt… would I really? (YES cried every mother I’ve ever met!)
And yet my body has my back. It seems that the hormones are kicking in and I find myself clutching my husbands arm and whispering fervently “look at that baby!”
Every pram that goes by I peer into, every mother carrying an infant I smile sickeningly at, I have officially gotten the baby bug. This morning I had breakfast with a mum and her one year old, who was immediately placed on my lap “good practice” the mum said, and I was in heaven! Leg tickling, toe wiggling, key jingling heaven.
I can do this.
But there does seem to be quite a lot to do before winter turns to spring and I’m suddenly left… holding the baby.
And that’s what everyone wants to know, “what have you bought?” “Have you planned the nursery yet?” “Do you want my decorators number?”
The answer is no, I haven’t started the nursery yet. I know I’d like it to be yellow. I think I’d like it to be yellow. That counts as planning, right?
Here are a few bits and bobs I have bought:
ASOS also have a great maternity section, as do Topshop and when I go to the states next week I plan on stocking up on Hatch, which everyone raves about.
Other than that I’m largely rocking oversized jumpers & stretchy knitted dresses.
My next sartorial mission is diving headfirst into the confusing world of maternity bras. I hate wearing bras at the best of times, so wish me luck.
I’d love some more books to read, so if you have any great suggestions please let me know! This comes highly recommended and is next on my list.
Largely because I like holding them and seeing how tiny they are! Makes it all feel a bit more real.
Mum has been knitting away all summer, so we have an array of achingly cute tiny fishermen’s jumpers.
I think that might be just about all I’ve sorted for now. Sorry it’s not a more exciting or exhaustive list! I shall be sure to report back if I find anything of note. And when I start the nursery, I promise to share! Because after all that feels like the really exciting bit.
Anything else you think I need in these early stages?
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