Things to do before the baby arrives – the toddler edition
Following my last pregnancy, I made a list of the ultimate things to do before the baby arrives and everything changes (original list here). Wine, sleep, socialising and appreciating your lovely untouched home featured heavily. First time pregnant mums, take note!
As we’re about three months off the arrival of baby two, I thought it might be a good time to revisit the list. But then I realised that as a mum, there’s not much hope for unlimited lie-ins or solo visits to art galleries and long afternoons in the pub, is there?
And this time round, the main changes aren’t going to be for me. Eliza has been the sole focus of our life for two and a half years, and is very excited about being a big sister, but it is a massive change for her.
So instead, I thought it wanted to make a list of things for all of us to do together, in the time we have left as a three (as well as spending as much time as possible together, just hanging out and doing the normal, everyday things). Here’s what sprung to mind:
1) Make some proper headway into our things to do in London when you’re two list (especially now we have a whole summer of no playgroup days to have fun with)
2) Two for me; finish the final bits of her room and make sure we’ve printed out photos and updated her baby book
3) Watch a children’s screening at the cinema together, see something at the theatre, and let her watch Frozen (I think she may well be the only child in the country who hasn’t. Plus, it’ll make a nice change from Toy Story 2)
4) Go on a family baby-baby-moon. Last time, Alex and I went to Bruges pre-baby. It involved a lot of sleep, chocolate, chips for two and beer for one. This time, our house renovation budget won’t really stretch to anywhere far, but I thought it would be fun to go to the beach somewhere in our new county and stay overnight
5) Two aquatic themed ones; go to Brockwell Park to go in the paddling pool…
6) …And visit our new swimming pool (guilty as charged, still)
8) Take her to buy a present for her to give the baby (and also get one for her from the baby – do dolls work well?)
9) Let her chose her own adventures…and have a few days dedicated to whatever she wants to do. I’m sure this will involve babyccinos, baking, multiple trips to the park and lots of ice lollies, all at the same time, but hey…
Did anyone make a similar list? If you’ve got any brilliant ideas, I’d love to know.