Last week I went to visit my parents in Lincoln for the first time since the beginning of the pregnancy in January. It was truly wonderful to go and see them and both my grandmothers as it has been such a long time, and even when my mum and dad had come to visit me here at home I had been too ill to really enjoy their company.
In fact, getting away from home for a few short days made coming back a real treat, which was amazing to say that a month or two ago I felt like a prisoner in my own home due to being so sick I could barely leave my bed let alone the house.
But the visit to Lincoln was made even more exciting by the fact that it gave me a chance to go visit a local second hand shop selling things for baby, as well as picking up a few bits from our hairdresser whose youngest has outgrown most of his baby things now.
This is what our spare room (AKA the nursery-to-be) looks like right now…
… and all of that cost no more than £140!
We still have to get a cot, a three-wheeler pushchair for our many walks in the woods around here, bedding and other little essentials, but it feels like we are really getting there, and at 6 months it is about time we started getting things ready for little one.
I still have a lot to sort out in the room that will become his nursery as it is currently a bit of a stroage space, but seeing all of these items in there waiting for him gives me the kick up the bum I need to start clearing out.
Seeing all the "big" equipment piling up made me decide to get out all the clothes that we have been given by various members of the family. Some of the clothes are in the 3-6 month age range, but most are for 0-3 months and totting it all up I don't think we're going to need to buy many extra clothes for little one at all. Seeing them all lying on the bed made me squeak just a little with excitement and I cannot wait for him to finally be here, not just to have my body back but also to dress him in these lovely things and cuddle him close.
We've also bought some of those ever-so-helpful things called nappies. These are from a newborn starter kit I got off eBay and I plan to use them once things start settling down a little after the initial rude awakening we're in for when baby arrives. We want to use cloth nappies as much as possible, but know that trying to do so from the get-go might be a bit too much for us, so we have of course got some disposables too. But I am on the lookout for cloth nappies that will suit our needs and are at a price I find reasonable for when he grows out of the newborn stage.
I never thought receiving gifts and buying things for someone I haven't even met yet could be so exciting, but it really and truly is. I just cannot wait for September to get here now and it is nice to feel that anticipation of wanting to meet him, rather than the desperation of getting to the end of the pregnancy I felt a few weeks ago when still so very sick. I still feel rough from time to time, but on the whole it is excited anticipation that I carry in my heart these days and that is only heightened by the fun of buying things for baby!