I’m now just a little over 38 weeks so, all being well, we will have another little person joining the family in the next 2-3 weeks: eek! I can hardly believe that we’re so close to baby number two’s arrival and the end of our time as a family of three. For so long, the 25th January 2013 seemed like a lifetime away and now here it is, on the horizon, waving at me merrily and fast approaching.
So I figured it was time to start preparing. Up until Christmas, it was all about preparing to leave work, so my head was filled with to-do lists and handover notes and tying up loose ends. No time to think about anything else really, especially not anything baby related, I just had to get to that 19th December date in one piece and depart from work in a fit state to feel I could comfortably go on leave without leaving a disaster-waiting-to-happen in my wake. It was a bit of a slog, those final weeks, mainly due to the combination of agonising back/hip pain (now resolved thanks to the miracle working of a cranial osteopath who is a genius and “fixed me” after two sessions) and a daily commute into London that was trying at the best of times, let alone at almost 8-months pregnant, but the 19th of December did eventually roll around and then I was done.
Then Christmas hit. A blur of family visits and present opening and eating and eating and more eating and more present opening and more eating and seeing friends and more eating. And before I knew it, we were in January and finding ourselves with a matter of weeks before becoming a family of four.
Time to get cracking. Richmond Daddy has been up in the loft, rooting around for all the baby stuff that was stashed up there over the last 22 months and we’ve now brought down the moses basket, the little baby cot, the first car seat, and of course… the clothes! It has been my job to sort through the baby clothes and identify all those in the 0-3 month range, then begin the task of washing them all (again!) and then neatly putting them all away in the drawers that we’ve freed up in what is now the baby room – now we have moved Allegra into her “big girl’s room”, more on that at a later date – in anticipation of the new arrival.
So finally, at just over 38 weeks, I have properly begun to make preparations for our new baby girl. It still all feels very surreal and I’m still not sure if the fact we’re about to have a new baby in the house has really sunk in, but perhaps it’s just as well to continue in a little bit of denial and enjoy this calm before the inevitable storm.
It’s been nice though, going back through Allegra’s clothes, seeing all the tiny babygros and little dresses that she lived in those many months ago, I can hardly remember the time that she fitted into them and yet there are certain ones that are so familiar to me, even after almost two years. In many ways I can’t believe that she is almost two, where has that time gone? And yet, in other ways, it’s hard to remember a time when she wasn’t here with us, making us laugh, making our hearts sing, and occasionally, of course, driving us around the bend (stop throwing your dinner on the floor for goodness sake child!).
I was thinking back to when I was getting things ready for Allegra’s arrival. Unpacking all the baby clothes we’d bought, meticulously washing them in non-bio, and even ironing – YES IRONING!! – them: I even ironed the muslin cloths for goodness sake!! What was I thinking…?!? Second time around it is quite different. Of course I’m still meticulously washing them, but the ironing… let’s face it, that ain’t gonna happen! I do feel a bit bad though that baby number two is going to live in “hand-me-downs”, but then they are all still in good nick and have only had one owner! I think I will buy a new onesie for her though as a special new, just for her, babygro that she can wear when she’s first born, for all those first in-hospital pics.
There’s still plenty to do in advance of baby’s arrival of course, not least buying some newborn nappies, stocking up on the Sudocream, and getting in some new bottle teats and dummies (just in case!), oh and I think I should probably have a re-read of some baby books just to remind myself of the whole when to feed baby, get baby to sleep thing (or maybe I’ll just go with the flow and see what happens this time around!?!). Oh, I should probably pack my hospital bag at some point too… a job for this week!
We’re getting there, gradually 🙂