There is one event in life that can spread across several months, and it’s pregnancy. From the moment a couple expresses the desire to have children to the birth – and even after the birth – you have several opportunities to show your support to them. Admittedly, your gift needs to be in relation to the specific step of the pregnancy journey – you wouldn’t buy baby clothes to a couple who’s only trying to get pregnant, for instance – if you want it to be impactful and thoughtful. But thankfully, this little guide can help you to find inspiration!
Falling pregnant came very easy to us. I fell pregnant with Lamb in the third month of trying, and Bear, well Bear was first try. But not everyone has an easy ride with fertility.
To someone who hasn’t experienced fertility issues, or maybe someone who isn’t a parent, ‘having a baby’ might not seem like such a complex matter. But it is.
A really complex matter to a hell of a lot of people.
Back in May Bear and I were invited to a lovely event hosted by AVEENO®. At the event we got to meet some lovely bloggers and their little ones. We all enjoyed a session of baby yoga with experts Tatty Bumpkin.
Baby massage was a really special time for me and Lamb. We attended sessions when he was a teeny, tiny newborn, so I was excited to try it out with Bear too. I should of known it wouldn’t quite go to plan. He is the polar opposite to this brother after all!
For those of you who follow me on Instagram and Facebook, you’ll know my little cub isn’t one to sit still and enjoy bonding time with me. And he certainly didn’t disappoint during our yoga session! He, of course, crawled (thankfully he wasn’t walking at this point) all over the room; over other babies, over yoga mats, and took the opportunity to explore, rather than relax.
Thanks to his speedy scrawling, the yoga expert managed to pick up a live model, rather than a doll, and surprisingly Bear sat with her while she demonstrated with him!
Buying for a new baby is pretty easy. I have lots of ideas in this post. But what about new mums? I mean, she’s the one who has gone through the pain and struggle of childbirth, she deserves a gift too right?
What does a new mum really want though? I’m sure that question goes through a lot of peoples mind when thinking of gift ideas.
Do they want something because they are a mum, or something just for them? After giving birth twice and have *some* experience with receiving new mum gifts (not from my husband I’ll add – tut 😉 )
When I was pregnant with Bear I prepared myself to express and bottle feed like I did with Lamb. Breastfeeding wasn’t straightforward the first time round and Lamb just couldn’t latch on. After a couple of weeks of trying I got the pump out.
When I look back on my first feeding experience I’m shocked at how naturally breastfeeding came to me. Whether it was by feeding myself or expressing, I wanted him to have my milk and formula feeding didn’t cross my mind (apart from to top him up when I couldn’t keep up with expressing to his demands).
This isn’t because I’m against formula feeding, breastfeeding was just what my brain and heart told me to do.
When Bear was born I remember the midwife asking how I’d be feeding him and me reply was “I’m going to try and breastfeed, but my first son couldn’t latch so I’m not getting my hopes up”. I was already setting myself up for failure.