Pregnancy: Getting Ready For Baby

February 8, 2013
getting ready for baby

Last week I carried on my pregnancy story with the 20 week scan. Once that is out of the way every thing starts to get real and exciting and we finally started to buy some little bits for baby and then move onto buying some big bits for baby. I spent so long researching everything, cots, car seats, pushchairs and it can be very overwhelming for a first time mum; I couldn’t believe the choice out there! We chose our pushchair and bought it a couple of months early when it was on a special offer. Then we moved onto nursery furniture which you can see, kept my husband busy. In case you are wondering we put the baby gate up straight away to keep our cat out of the room; she is incredibly lazy and won’t put the effort in to jump the gate! We decorated the spare bedroom with a fresh lick of paint and some new wallpaper ready for its new inhabitant. After spending so long doing nothing it all seems to kick in and I spent a good deal of my time preparing our home for our new addition.

My sister in law and friend very kindly threw me a baby shower about a month before I was due. I must admit that I hadn’t really been that bothered about baby showers beforehand but it was such a nice day and me and our little squatter were incredibly spoiled with goodies. I agreed to it mostly for the cake but I had a lovely day. There were a lot of giggling, broody women in the room and my husband and other male friends left us to it. We played some fun games and I have some lovely mementos from the day. Everyone who came wrote in a little guest book and I have cards that my friends filled in with their guesses for when the baby would arrive, hair and eye colour and advice for the new mum. As we left the shower with our car piled high with baby paraphernalia, I started to wonder just how much our life was going to change, I couldn’t ever imagine how different our lives would be with a newborn.

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  • Lauren

    Ha! The photo of your husband on the gate really made me laugh.
    I’m jealous that you got a baby shower. A friend said she was going to organise one for me and then didn’t. I was gutted.
    I’m really enjoying these posts from you, it’s lovely to read a series like this 🙂

    February 8, 2013 at 9:29 am Reply
    • Hayley Smith

      Oh no, how awful that you were offered one and then it didn’t happen! I think they are starting to become more popular over here, it was a nice day. Thank you for your comment xx

      February 8, 2013 at 4:45 pm Reply
  • Laura CYMFT

    I love a baby shower, especially if there is cake.

    February 8, 2013 at 2:38 pm Reply
    • Hayley Smith

      Oh there has to be cake, otherwise I’m not there 🙂

      February 8, 2013 at 4:44 pm Reply
  • Katie @mummydaddyme

    Your baby shower looks really fun, I have never been to one nor had one thrown for me. I really would like to go to one sometime but none of my friends seem to have them. Maybe when one of my good friends gets pregnant I will throw her one! x

    February 8, 2013 at 3:26 pm Reply
    • Hayley Smith

      We had a lovely day, I’m doing a (surprise) one for my sister-in-law which I’m really looking forward to, they are good fun to organise. It’s nice to be able let your baby chatter out with other mums! Sounds like we need to start some sort of blog baby shower for you mums who haven’t had one 🙂 xx

      February 8, 2013 at 4:48 pm Reply
  • The Mini Mes and Me

    I never had baby showers but I can’t wait for my sister to be pregnant so I can arrange one for her. x

    February 8, 2013 at 7:43 pm Reply
    • Hayley Smith

      It is lovely to arrange one for someone, I hope you get to do one for your sister! x

      February 9, 2013 at 7:18 pm Reply
  • Scudds Harrison

    Oh Hayley! I think your hubs should stay behind that gate;) lol. Looks like a fun baby shower. We are all happy and excited and waiting for more update. Blog baby shower sounds like fun! I am sure to be there, too.

    Scudds x

    February 9, 2013 at 5:38 am Reply
    • Hayley Smith

      I know, we need hubby gates…not baby gates!! I loved the photos from your Flashback Friday post xx

      February 9, 2013 at 7:22 pm Reply
  • Jenny Paulin

    your husband looks like he was enjoying putting those stair gates up more than he should be lol!
    i remember spending ages looking at what items we should get baby like cots, moses baskets, buggies etc… awww i loved it though so exciting.
    i was thrown a surprise baby shower too and i was blown away by how much i received! you look so well in the photos x x

    February 9, 2013 at 8:29 am Reply
    • Hayley Smith

      Baby showers are a great way to get things you need, I’m throwing one for my sister in law but it’s her second boy so we are giving her loads of supplies, nappies, sudocrem, infacol etc! Lots of fun, I loved baby shopping for the little bits but I found the big items stressful because there was so much choice! You have no idea until you have a baby what’s out there, lol xx

      February 9, 2013 at 7:25 pm Reply
  • Catherine Prescott

    What fun – can you believe a friend of mine offered to throw me a baby shower and I said, no, don’t worry cos I didn’t really know what one was! I must have been mad! That’s pregnancy hormones for you… Glad you had a lovely time. I share your appreciation of cake xx

    February 9, 2013 at 8:17 pm Reply
    • Hayley Smith

      I must admit I was a bit like you at first, I didn’t think I wanted a baby shower but when I realised there would be cake I was convinced! Xxx

      February 10, 2013 at 8:29 am Reply

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