Week 13 Update

So we have almost made it to August now and the end of week 13.  Time really is flying, though at the moment it cant go quick enough.  I want us to be nearly there now.

The biggest thing to note this week is that the bump has arrived.  Woke up on Saturday and it was there!  Just popped out of nowhere.  If anything it has made it all feel real.  I think now that everyone knows the other half is a lot more relaxed and not trying to hide it any more.

We have also started planning things a little bit.  We have held off to date as we haven’t wanted to jinx anything.  We have broken that and started to casually buy a few bits with our regular shopping – a tip we have been given by a few people so far.  Admittedly all we have got so far is a couple of packs of super sensitive baby wipes, but its a start.

The other half sent me through a list this week at work of what we need.  Scared the bejeesus out of me.  Here it is, and I apologise to the source as I’m not sure where it is from (if you ever read this let me know and I’ll credit you).  I have only included the initial sections too…..

Mum to be
· 2-3 x maternity support bras
· 2 x sleeping bras (use before and after the birth)
· 3 x nursing bras (use after birth)
· maternity trousers/jeans
· nightwear
· maternity underwear
· pregnancy pillow
· maternity tops
· maternity dress

Nice to have
· maternity swimsuit
· pregnancy support (belt)
· stretch mark cream
· pregnancy book
· keep sake journal
· baby development book


Hospital checklist (for a 1 or 2 day stay in hospital)
· hospital bag
· nursing nightwear x 2
· dressing gown
· slippers
· comfortable cotton briefs x 2
· disposable briefs
· maternity towels x 48
· nursing bras
· breast pads x 40
· toiletries/hairbrush
· toothbrush/toothpaste
· towel & face cloth
· newborn gentle wipes
· cotton wool
· nappies – approx 10
· 2 x baby bodysuits
· 2 x baby sleepsuits
· 1 x baby blanket
· infant car seat (essential for first journey home)
· mum – comfortable clothes for going home

Nice to have
· massage oil
· support pillow
· TENS machine

Don’t forget
· birthing plan and notes
· coins / money for car park
· mobile phone & charger
· drinks and snacks
· ipod / music
· camera / camcorder


Baby clothes (for first 2-3 months)
· 6-8 x sleepsuits
· 4 x wrap-over vests
· 6-8 x bodysuits
· sun hat
· 2 x soft cotton hats
· 2 x cardigans
· 2-3 x socks (pairs)
· 2 x scratch mitts (pairs)

Nice to have
· jacket/pramsuit
· 3-4 x daywear outfits
· shawl

(that’s only 3 of 9 sections)

Yeah.  That’s what I thought too! maybe we need to get a little more than just a few baby wipes!!


In other news we went to Bristol Zoo for a trip our with the god children on Saturday.  If you live close enough and haven’t been and live at all close I cant recommend it highly enough.  We were lucky to get some lovely weather and got to see this little fella:



They also had a “Big Bugs” exhibit too which the kids loved – though I hope never to meet this beast!



What I learned this week

  1. Babies need a lot of shit.
  2. I need to get another job to pay for all this stuff
  3. This blog is boring without pictures.  Something I promise to try and rectify as we go
  4. The Devil’s flower mantis is terrifying

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