Oh how times do change between your first and second baby…..
Then: Buy everything new. Shiny and new.
Now: De-moulding the car seat that’s been sat in the garage for 3 years
Then: Buy a special ‘just been born’ outfit, as well as a ‘leaving hospital’ outfit, plus spares if required
Now: Finding the old baby clothes and doing the ‘sniff test’ – if they smell OK, chuck ‘em straight in the drawer
Then: Spend so much time and money buying baby stuff you forget to buy anything non maternity that will fit post-birth
Now: Buy yourself about 50 pairs of new pyjamas
Then: Carefully wash (on a gentle wash with Fairy) every soft toy then go over with an anti-bacterial wipe when dry then finish off with a spray of dettol
Now: Use a wet wipe to wipe over a few of the baby toys lying around in the back of the cupboard
Then: Research every nappy on the market, only buy those which are gold rated by at least 3 parenting magazines. Spend hours agonising which size to buy for a newborn
Now: Pick up a packet of essential/value nappies each time you shop, in various sizes
Then: spend your early pre-baby maternity leave days cooking batches of wholesome slow-cooker meals and freeze them in little tubs with labels on
Now: Chuck a few packets of pizzas and oven chips in the freezer, concentrate on stockpiling tea and coffee like a nuclear war is pending
Then: Pack about 3 hospital bags because you just can’t fit everything into one bag!
Now: Chuck a toothbrush, PJs, pack of maternity pads, 5 nappies, wet wipes and a handful of used baby clothing in a carrier bag
Then: Read a lot of books about pregnancy and birth. Download baby apps, pelvic floor apps, labour apps until your phone memory is full
Now: Download the Domino’s pizza app and whilst waiting for said pizza do a pelvic floor exercise. If you remember
Then: Write a very descriptive birth plan, covering every eventuality and including a spotify playlist. This should include Kate Bush ‘ This Woman’s Work’ and with two choices of song to play once baby is born dependent on gender (Isn’t she lovely by Stevie Wonder and Father and Son by Cat Stevens).
Now: Forget to write said birth plan, and you don’t care what music is played as long as it isn’t Now That’s What I Call Disney