Month: October 2015

Eight weeks to go…

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I’m lying in bed wide awake while my husband sleeps like a baby. It’s an appropriate phrase, as a baby is exactly what we’ll be having in eight weeks time. Eek. Whether our son will sleep as peacefully as his father remains to be seen. I suspect not.

The enormity of the journey we’re about to embark on as parents is starting to hit me. And I’m scared. Really scared. I’ve loved feeling this new life moving inside me, I’ve enjoyed it as my bump has grown. But I’ll be honest, this journey has already been full of fear. Two previous miscarriages left me barely daring to believe we’d reach this point in the pregnancy. So I’d not considered the massive changes coming our way until now.

Do I know everything I need to? Er, no.

Have I been reading enough books? Probably not.

Pelvic floor exercises? I’m trying, I really am.

Will I be able to cope? God, I hope so.

Uncertainty in life is inevitable. It brings thrill, excitement and anticipation, but also a lot of worry. And that’s compounded by Mr Internet. A smorgasbord of information for the curious and the terrified. You must do this. You should do that. Don’t do this. Definitely do that. The baby industry is a ferocious beast and it can bite you on the bum if you let it.

Until this point it was all about work for me. I poured everything into my career and hadn’t seriously considered children until I met my husband a few years ago.

Of course we’re also ridiculously excited. I’ve enjoyed picking out clothes and all the baby equipment. I’ve taken on board the biblical-like barrage of things to remember, conveyed to us by a nursery assistant at a well-known department store. Who incidentally, was a man with the best moustache (and parenting knowledge) I’ve ever come across. And I’ve joined a great Facebook group with lovely women all having babies around the same time. That’s already been a huge support.

I’ve also come to realise that no-one really knows what they’re doing. And I guess that applies to life as much as parenthood. That even those who seem like the most confident people in the world have insecurities, just like everyone else. We all do the best we can, make the decisions we believe are right at the time and hope it turns out for the best.

When I get stressed now, I try to remember how much love we’re going to have for this baby. Because, to coin a phrase from a little-known 60s band from Liverpool, that really is all you need.

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Buying for baby

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Hi everyone,

Ahead of my baby’s arrival in December, I decided it was time to stop browsing and procrastinating and actually go and buy some stuff! Have any other mums-to-be started buying for their little one yet? Or do you have first-hand experience of any of the things I’ve bought? I’m keen to hear other people’s views, so do let me know, including links to your blogs!

Travel systems

I’ve tried out quite a few and my favourite is the Uppababy Vista

Recommended by a few friends, it looks easy to put together and I personally like the fact it comes as it is, so you don’t have to buy extra parts for it (apart from adapters for the car seat). It feels sturdy enough for me but not too big and bulky, as I’m quite short. I also like the close proximity of the pram to me as I’m pushing it along.

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We’ve decided on this Next to Me crib for the baby’s first few months. I like the idea of the baby being very close to my bed for reassurance and feeding etc, but still safe in their own bed.

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Moses Basket

I’ve opted for this John Lewis Moses Basket for our living room, so the baby can sleep (fingers crossed!) during the day. It could also work as a second sleeping option in our bedroom and comes with a nice rocker.

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I see this as an investment, as it will last when the baby is a bit older. I fell in love with this Rachel cotbed from John Lewis. We also got a matching dresser/changing station. I like the fact the dresser doubles up as a chest of drawers so it can be used for nappies/clothes and other storage.

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Sleep sound

Ewan the Dream Sheep replicates the soothing sounds of the womb and heartbeat. It was recommended by one of my husband’s colleagues who used it with their baby. I love the idea behind it! Fingers crossed it will be useful!

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Car seat

The Maxi-Cosi Pebble Plus seems to be one of the most popular on the market, so we’ve gone for that. Plus will fix on easily to our Uppababy Vista

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This Angelcare Soft Touch Baby Bath Support looks really comfy for baby, unlike some of the others I’ve seen which look a bit cold and have a hard surface. Still deciding whether to get a separate baby bath. What are other mums-to-be doing?

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High chair 

Went for this Joie Mimzy one. I like the fact it’s got a very wide plastic attachment. Great for all the spillages!

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Chicco Polly Swing  – my husband really liked this and couldn’t resist! Comes complete with different musical numbers which I’m looking forward to hearing! 🎶

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That’s it from me, for now! Remember, let me know what you’ve been buying for your forthcoming arrival, or if you’re already a mum, what you’ve found useful.

Lou x