Rach visited on Sunday and brought some gifts for Tiny Tin Bird. How sweet are these elephant trousers? They have a big bum to allow for nappies :-D
I’ve been thinking a lot about the things that I need to get for TTB. There are two lists in my head, one for things that I NEED to get and one for things that I WANT to get. I have been wary of talking about this since an incident on Facebook where I expressed a desire to purchase a baby bath (a modest purchase of perhaps £6 or so) and I was set upon by a rowdy bunch of friends who tore me limb from limb informed that I would not need a baby bath because you can wash babies in the sink. Well fair enough perhaps you can, but at that point we didn’t even have a bath for me and Andy and I wanted to be sure that I had some way set out in my head that I could clean this little baby. I don’t like the idea of washing the baby in the sink very much either, although I appreciate that some people do. That’s fine. (Also helps if your sink is a big white Belfast sink which ours is certainly not.)
Anyway, I’m just careful of saying things that could incite well meaning but ultimately frustrating advice. I don’t really think that babies NEED a whole lot. Some clothes to wear, somewhere to sleep, something to be safe in the car, something to travel around in, some blankets and a baby monitor. I am very fortunate in that I have been gifted a whole supply of baby clothes (thank you!) so I don’t really need to worry about that right now.
My “Need” list so far is: Cot and mattress, cot bedding (sheets really I guess), car seat, baby monitor, pram.
My “Want” list is: Ergo baby carrier.
That’s it really. I think nearer the time I might be a bit more anxious to get everything sorted but right now I feel like there is pleeeeeeenty of time and it will all get sorted. My main concern is saving up for Expensive Pram. I did a lot of research and pram-testing and Expensive Pram (which I had ruled out from the start because of being expensive) is the only one which fits our need. I get the heeby jeebies thinking about spending that much on one item but I think overall the cost will be justified. (Have also looked into 2nd hand. Not yet convinced but I don’t want you to think we’ve not thought of it.) I think if we just eat soup and jacket potatoes until that time then we can afford it!
Now then. In all this thinking about baby equipment and what I need and what I don’t need and what people will tell me I don’t need/sh0uldn’t have/will look silly with I have overlooked something which is really quite exciting. There’s still aaages of time to go before this kind of thing will be necessary but on Saturday I was having a bit of a reminisce about the toys we had as children and I suddenly remembered: Duplo! Lego! Playmobil! Train sets! Toy farms! Toy kitchens! For a good half hour I was absorbed by Amazon, looking at all the Duplo you can get. You can even get a zoo set which is VERY similar to the one we had as children (still in the loft at home). How ace is that? I know having a child will be tiring and difficult (I’m so not thinking about that part, what’s the point? It’s gonna happen, no point worrying about it.) but you know, I am going to get to PLAY with this child! Give him/her a childhood and I am really excited about doing that. It’s a lot of responsibility, providing someone’s childhood but also something to look forward to. Imaginative play, walks in the park, pushing the swings, feeding the ducks, learning about shadows, counting things, teaching about seasons and holidays and food and words and numbers. I even have a recipe for playdough.
There is so much to look forward to and it is all that which I think about with every little kicky pokey nudge in the stomach :-)
Edit: Oh Cuckoo, so much to look forward to! Knicker canoes, that’s tickled me :-D