Baby Pink is my last baby, so no more waddling around for me (unless I put on a few more pounds)! My family is complete, but looking back, I sometimes wish I did this when I was pregnant…
1. Kept a pregnancy journal.
All of those thoughts that go round your head when you first find out the news, all of the weird dreams, deciding over names, the hopes and dreams for the future, even the small everyday conversations, could all be recorded in a pregnancy journal and revisited at any time. In future they’re also great gifts to give to your babies when they’re all grown up. There are so many of them available these days I can’t believe I never had one! I think I was so busy looking after my two boys that I just didn’t think to do this, but it’s such a lovely idea and I’ll definitely buy them as gifts for friends and for my sisters if and when they get ‘knocked up’.
2. Had a gender reveal party.
A gender reveal party, for anyone that doesn’t know, is a party for all friends and family to find out the gender of the baby at the same time as you. At the scan the sonographer is asked to write the baby’s gender on a piece of paper and seal it in an envelope, then a cake is commissioned and the envelope is given to the baker to fill the cake with either pink or blue buttercream (or sweets) depending on the gender. At the party the cake is sliced in front of all of the guests. Surprise!
I really wanted to have a gender reveal party instead of a baby shower. I’ve never really liked the idea of a baby shower, I would have been embarrassed by everyone fussing over me, but a gender reveal is less about celebrating the mum-to-be, and more about celebrating the baby, with the mother and the father. Plus men and children are allowed to attend!
I planned it all on pinterest; the invites, cake, games, everything! But unfortunately my husband wasn’t too keen on the idea. He’s more private and wanted to find out the gender at the scan (he just wanted to know the gender of our baby before anyone else!), so I didn’t push for it to go ahead. But I wish I did. Too late now!
3. Told my parents face to face.
It’s not that I was too nervous to tell them, it was the opposite, I just couldn’t wait (all three times)!
Looking back, I think they would have preferred a nice sit down meal and a glass of champagne rather than a “guess what” text followed by a picture of a positive pregnancy test! Hanging head in shame.
4. Finished the nursery.
My husband and I started getting the nursery ready a little late. We managed to paint it, assemble the cot, put up photos, stock up on nappies, and fill the dresser with newborn clothes, before Baby Pink arrived. We didn’t get time to put up the shelves and the curtain rail for her pretty frilly curtains. Where are the shelves and curtains now that Rosie is almost six months old? On the floor in the corner of her room waiting to be put up!
There is hardly any time to do DIY in the first six months when you have three small children to look after! And as my husband has a very demanding job and I look after three children all week, all we want to do at the weekend is have fun! So if I could rewind the clock, I wouldn’t have left it until the last minute to complete the nursery.
5. Bought some weighing scales.
Our weighing scales went missing when we last moved, and we never got round to buying another set. At the time I thought it was probably a good idea because I didn’t want to get too obsessive about pregnancy weight, but now I have no idea how much I weigh, how much weight I’ve lost, and how much weight I need to lose to get back to my pre-pregnancy weight. It’s on my list of annoying things along with how I don’t have photos of my teeth before braces.
6. Had a professional photo shoot.
I have one selfie of myself showing off my baby bump for every week of my pregnancy. But it would be nice to have some professional photos of myself in all of my naked pregnancy glory to serve as a memento of the amazing job my body has done creating my wonderful three small children.
(If you’ve read this before it’s because I pinched it from my old blog – I haven’t stolen it from anyone else! x)