Ten things to do before you have a baby – the ultimate list
What are the things you really have to do *before* you have a baby?
I’m not talking about buying nursery furniture and washing babygros – more like sleeping, going for dinner and taking as long as you like to get ready. Basically, all the things that are nigh-on impossible with a small person in tow. I asked this question when I was pregnant, and everyone very kindly sent me lots of suggestions for my pre-baby list. It has since become one of the most popular posts on my blog; it’s a big question every expectant mother wants to know the answer to.
However, it occurred to me the other day that there’s a whole load of things I didn’t put on it, things I miss now that I kind of wish I’d done more of at the time.
So here’s a new set of suggestions for things you should definitely make the most of, while you can…I give you the ultimate list of things to do before the baby arrives, the post-pregnancy edition, featuring wine, sleep, and doing lots of nothing. You can also read my list of things to do before baby number 2 arrives.
- Sit on the top deck of the bus. Public transport with a pram is tricky but manageable. However, you’ll never be able to climb the stairs and the view from the lower deck is no-where near as much fun
- Go out for one glass of wine at lunch, have the bottle, then another, stumble home at 2am with a kebab (best done pre-pregnancy)
- Carry a really small, lovely and highly impractical bag that’s not full of a hundred muslins, snacks, sippy cups, books, wipes, a change of clothes, nappies, suncream, sunhat, jumper, more snacks etc etc.
- Wear necklaces and earrings without fear. Wear white, and all your lovely clothes that will later be ruined by sticky handprints and crawling around on the floor like a human climbing frame
- Have nicely arranged things on your low shelves
- Do absolutely nothing for as long as possible
- Concentrate on anything for longer than a minute
- Have a bath without having to fish five ducks, some bath books, plastic cakes and the TV remote out first
- Enjoy the much more innocent times when the postman, delivery men and most of the people in the world have not seen your boobs…yet (ah, breastfeeding)
- And of course, sleep. Lie-in, nap, not get up at 1am, 3am, 5am and so on…
That’s my top ten, what have I missed out? And remember, it’s not all doom and gloom – having a baby opens up a whole world of possibilites for much more fun things you can only do once you’re a parent…