I’ve had two babies. I’m expecting my third any day now. During those first days and weeks, I received a number of gifts from friends and family. And I have truly appreciated every single person who visited and every single gift that was brought. But after all these years, and many conversations with new and veteran mothers, I’ve come to the conclusion that there is something very wrong about this ‘tradition’.
This is a personal post. But I didn’t think too long about whether I should or should not write it like others I have written in the past. It was cathartic. At the base is the firm knowledge of how every mother feels about her child. You want the absolute best for them but above all you want them to be healthy. So what happens when they’re not and that’s not the worse part.
James is 11 months old. Did you get that, people? He will be one year old in one month. And while it’s taking some time for that to sink in, I get a smack-in-the-face reminder when I turn around and find him standing up, clapping and laughing. He isn’t walking yet- thankfully, cause mama ain’t ready for that- but he is literally everywhere. And I am behind him every step of the way. I’ve already moved every single plant and a safety gate has been placed bang in the middle of our living area to stop him from going to the staircase which is basically a death trap. So I’ve had to think of ways to keep this little man busy…without having to do much.
We’re at that stage where James is on three meals a day. That means exactly what all mamas with young babies know it means: The pressure is on. Gone are the days when all I needed were my boobs and a nappy or two. Also it’s been over five years since I pureed a meal and while I never thought things could change that much in this department I am actually discovering all sorts of new information and food combinations.
There’s so much information out there, so many different products and gadgets, it’s no wonder new mums can get lost when it comes to buying stuff for their new baby. As a second-time mummy I thought it would be a good idea to list what I really use with James. The basics, no fuss, no muss.