Hello, are you having a good day?
Today is taking me back to my first pregnancy and the joyous anticipation of the new arrival. It was all about the baby! I walked around the shops with a picture of the scan in one hand ready to buy absolutely everything necessary.
Bibs, stacks of muslins, bottles with multiple teets and more bibs. I remember being quite overwhelmed by the enormity of the task that was setting up the nursery and making sure my baby had absolutely everything it needed - or everything the magazines said it needed... Yes, those pesky magazines make you create long 'must-have' lists and , to be fair, some of the items prove very handy and you will be thankful for them in the middle of the night when your baby is desperately upset with teething pain. Some of them will end up in a pile of 'never used - waste of money' category. A lot of them actually. You will be surprised how quickly you will whittle down the products you really need and there is enough room for them in the all-important change bag.
My very kind work colleagues and close friends showered our family with even more babygros, nappy genies and baby positioners. My babies ended up with multiple carriers, slings and stacking toys.. Don't get me wrong, I was incredibly grateful for all this attention but while I sat in a room full of gifts I quickly realised there was a lonely scented candle sitting there in amongst all the treasures - a gift for Me! The only one for me.
I have to say I didn't feel my best both times I was pregnant. I didn't sleep well and suffered greatly towards the end. Oh how I wished I had treated myself to a great pregnancy massage, a series of yoga lessons to help me prepare for birth or an ultra-comfortable pair of maternity pyjamas I could stay in all night and part of the day without having to look like I had borrowed them from a giant. I am not great at treating myself though and I should have asked my husband or one of my wonderful friends to make my life easier. I should have done. Now YOU can.