So, baby 2. I haven’t really mentioned it much but s/he is very much on their way. In fact, I discovered when trying to book a trip to Copenhagen for later this month that I have actually already reached the stage where I require a fit to fly form, although the midwife didn’t seem overly concerned when I mentioned it to her this morning. I’m not really sure why I haven’t managed to find time to write more really, but here we are.
That’s one thing I haven’t quite got used to – with a low risk second pregnancy no-one seems terribly interested in appointments. At 6 months pregnant I have seen the midwife precisely 3 times, and one of those was the booking appointment and even when I do see someone, it’s (thankfully) a quick appointment.
Another thing I haven’t got used to is that the shopping requirements for “our new baby” as we are calling him/her is rather different to the first time round. Last time, I had nothing, and knew nothing. I also had no money. I am not exactly rolling in funds this time round, but I have at least had 2.5 years earning a salary which pays debts, childcare and so on, so there is a little to spare to spend on one or two bits.
Much as I love shopping, I also love choosing and tracking down the best prices once I’ve decided what it is I’m after. This time round, we are in a much nicer flat but there isn’t huge amounts of room in our bedroom for a cot. Actually, a proper cot won’t fit at all, so I stalked the cots I liked on eBay until I won one at a decent price. Probably because it was orange but I managed to pay less than £50. Still, I love an orange accessory and it fits with my own personal preferred colour palette of greys, navy, eau de nil, mint and splashes of orange. (It clashes rather with our red wall, mind you, so I might need to do something about that).
The rest of my wish list includes the above. I bought the changing mat cover at the Shop Up in December – I can’t resist a Liberty print – and which will house a plain changing mat pad in due course.
I also bought one of the muslins when I was in Copenhagen last year for no other reason than I loved the colour and texture and Pip needed a dolls blanket whilst we were away… I will be stocking up on several more when we return later this month.
I also bought the circle lollipop sheets for the cot – they say grey but look mint in person – the cot still needs a small 45 x 90 cm mattress so I figured some fitted sheets the right size would make those middle of the night bed changes a lot easier. Again, I tracked mine down on eBay but JL and Amazon sell them too.
The sleeping bag and the pouf are rather more wish list items. I adore all the bedding from Camomile but (sadly for me, if not my bank balance) I think I probably have sleeping bags and blankets already that I should use. Having all been hand me downs to me in the first place, and then used by my niece too, I can but hope however that a new one will be required.