As I’m writing this rain is battering my windows and the wind is howling outside. I am snuggled on the couch, feet by the heater, and I’m 6 weeks pregnant.
At this point it’s way to early to tell anyone anything (it’s a good few weeks before I’m even going to post this), and I feel like I am carrying this incredible secret around with me, that’s going to make so many people so happy.
Did you know a baby looks like a tiny dinosaur at this point? At six weeks it’s the size of a lentil and its heart beats at 150 beats per minute!
At the same time I’m really nervous, because while two positive home-tests and painful boobs confirm my suspicions, I can only see a doctor at 8 weeks. That’s a whole lot of waiting for a heart beat. And part of me doesn’t want to get my hopes up. Do you get what I’m saying?
Then there’s the actual “getting a baby bit” that’s adding to my mild nausea – not the tiny human bit, but all the stuff we need to keep it healthy and happy. A quick search of Pinterest delivered various First Time Nursery Essentials that are about as long as my arm, and have you ever looked at the price of a stroller. Holy mother!
I guess Mother Nature knew we’d need a good 9 months to get ready for this whole business – mentally and budget-wise.
Oh, and did I mention I only own high-waist jeans which I now hate because they push into my belly all the fricken time! Should I go for leggings and knits? And while we’re at it, can you please recommend some nice maternity brands? I feel they’re all so outyds.
What I’m getting down to is that I can use all the help and advice I can get. Tell me everything, from what I should eat to the best clothing choices (for winter and then later in summer), and if you have recommendations on the best cribs, strollers, car seats etc, I’ll take those as well.
I’m thinking Gumtree is a good option for most of the expensive stuff, right? Has anyone gone through that process?
In return I’ll try to share all of the wisdom I gain along the way to hopefully make this new life journey a little less daunting for the next new mama-to-be.
Okay, here we go.