7 January 2018

3 Things I Didn't Do

When I was pregnant with Willow I had all these ideas and expectations of what parenthood would be like and things I would do, now that I was a Mother. Turns out, with the best intentions at heart, there are some things I just never had the time to do, things I completely forgot about and occasionally feel a twinge of guilt about. Here are three things I didn't do when I became a Mother.




I DIDN'T GET HER NEWBORN BABY HAND AND FOOTPRINTS DONE
Whilst pregnant I had planned to do these the day she was born, but the thought didn't even cross my mind when I was actually in labour, or after my emergency c-section. Then when we came home I said I'd do it at one week, one month, two months, every month I said "I'll do that this month" and I still haven't done it. I do feel quite guilty about this one, as she'll never be that tiny again, but I have promised myself I will get it done for her second birthday at the end of this month, which should tie in nicely with a messy afternoon of painting!

I'VE NEVER MEASURED HER HEIGHT
It's something I thought they'd do at birth during their initial checks, it's something I thought the health visitor would do during her visits and checks, turns out different counties have different rules and not all midwives and health visitors measure height anymore. That said, as Willow is almost two, I could have done myself months ago, but I am rectifying that with the purchase of a new wall height chart for Willow's bedroom. Our first measurement will be her 2nd birthday!

I DIDN'T KEEP UP HER BABY JOURNAL 
I had the best of intentions with this one and even spent months during my pregnancy hunting down the most perfect baby journal, I was very specific about what I wanted the journal to be like and hunting it down was a labour of pure love. Then, I forgot about it. I didn't have time to fill it in, I forgot it needed filling in and when I did try and fill it in, I couldn't remember the specific dates it was asking me for. One day I will dedicate an afternoon to getting it filled in and up to date, but for now, it's sitting firmly in the back of my closet.

Is there anything you said you'd do when pregnant, that you didn't do once your baby arrived?

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