When I first started this blog, I didn’t want my family to be the focus. So many bloggers feature their children on social media and have them at the centre of their blog – I totally respect and applaud their choice to put their kids out there. Sure, I’ll share the odd photo now and again, but I’m mainly choosing to keep my family out of the picture. Plus it’s nice to keep some special things private.
For me, my blog is a chance to write about the other loves in my life – my home, our ongoing renovation, travel and food.
But right now, my family is about to go through a major change and I can’t not write about some aspects of it.
All being well, very soon we will bring home a healthy little girl from hospital. We’ve had over 8 months to prepare for our new addition, yet, it’s hard to believe it’s time to meet her so soon. I wouldn’t exactly say we’re ready for what’s to come, but I’m definitely ready for the end of pregnancy and starting life as a family of four.
Second time round, I definitely feel more relaxed about it all. I don’t feel the same nesting impulses – the compulsive need to have the nursery 100% finished and every item of clothing washed and folded neatly.
Yes, life is busier with a toddler and house renovation, but generally I think you tend to take second pregnancy more in your stride.
I’m a meticulous list-maker so of course I still made to-do lists. We’ve hardly bought anything new as we have everything we need already so the lists this time were more practical:-
- organise food deliveries in advance
- buy Max’s 2nd birthday presents (his birthday isn’t until 2nd April but I figured organising presents will be the last thing on my mind once sleep deprivation hits)
- bulk buy nappies, wipes and general baby essentials
- batch cook plenty of meals (I used my brilliant slow cooker to cook spaghetti bolognese, chilli and lasagne so we’ll have some home-cooked meals to enjoy)
My hospital bag is packed and waiting at the door. As well as the usual things, I added a few extra essentials this time – noise-cancelling headphones, an eye mask, a thin dressing gown, slipper socks and a few magazines. And Maltesers.
On a trip to Ikea, I stocked up on straws for the hospital bag. Sounds strange I know, but it’s a brilliant yoga breathing technique. I can’t recommend it enough. Focusing on my inward and outward breath helped me through the first few hours of induced contractions last time without any pain relief. This pack should keep me going for a while!
As a self-confessed serial shopper, it’s been hard but I’ve resisted buying lots of new clothes. We kept all of Max’s newborn clothes and we’re re-using all of them – why wouldn’t we?! Some of our lovely friends have passed us bags of clothes worn by their little girls too so we have plenty to get us started.
Although I couldn’t resist buying her first few outfits brand new…
I’m not a huge fan of pink, thanks to the world’s worst school uniform – picture the horrors of a baby pink dress and bottle green blazer. But I’m a fan of polka dot, floral, nautical, dinosaurs, stripes – basically everything but pink.
I also couldn’t walk past this gorgeous dotty playsuit from George at Asda for the summer.
We’ve been working on the nursery. It’s still very much a work in progress. This time, the pressure is off to have it looking pristine and immaculate for the birth. After all, she won’t sleep in there for several months and a tiny little person doesn’t really need a dressing room.
The reality of house renovations mean we also need the space to store a few things while the kitchen is being extended.
The walls have been freshly painted and it feels like a completely new nursery after just two coats. I’ll do a separate post on the nursery when it’s finished but here’s a few snapshots.
I wanted to have a photo of the nursery’s first resident, our son Max. This is one of my all-time favourite photos of him, taken when he was one day old at hospital, just as we were about to bring him home.
I asked him to share one of his teddies with his new sister and the big furry bear was his choice.
The Keepsake Box is from Jo Jo Maman Bebe. It’s the biggest one I’ve found, perfect for all the bits and bobs we’ll want to keep. It comes with a cute little ‘Belongs To…’ tag.
Now, there’s not much else to do but play the waiting game…