Ah, it’s this time of year again… when I pretend that I don’t need to buy into commercialism to prove my love but secretly hope I’ll be surprised with a wonderfully thoughtful and romantic gift. Last year I wrote about my Number #1 Relationship Tip (which is just as relevant now as a year ago) but this year I’ve got something a little more creative to share. If you know LPD in real life, you’ll know he’s not the most natural romantic, but I like to think I am so if you’re on the hunt for a last minute Valentine’s Day gift, I’ve got a quick and easy idea for you.
LPM Made This
You may remember that I challenged myself to knit a hat whilst in labour… And I kind of did. And by kind of, I mean that I did do some knitting whilst in hospital – it just wasn’t a hat and it definitely wasn’t whilst I was in the delivery room, only whilst I was on the antenatal ward. Seeing as I had a half finished cardigan on the go, I decided to just carry on with that instead of starting a new hat, especially as I already had a knitted hat I thought would fit a baby but I didn’t have a big enough cardigan.
Working on it whilst waiting for the induction to hot up gave me a sense of peace – I felt that even though I obviously wasn’t able to prepare for Pickle’s arrival without medical help physically, I was still being productive and at least was in control of something.
A couple of weekends ago, I had the absolute pleasure of attending a colleague’s baby shower. She’s due only a couple of weeks after me (but at this rate, her baby will be here before Pickle!) and it’s been really special to be able to go through our pregnancy journeys together. In fact, I think I’d have driven myself (even more) insane without her. The baby shower was a glorious buffet-filled sunshine-y affair with a hand-drawn bib competition and guess the celebrity baby quiz (I was awful) and I was super pleased to have made her a little handmade gift to mark the occasion: a set of baby milestone cards.
Baby milestone cards are a set of little cards that chart your baby’s age and significant achievements. The idea is that you can take a photo with your baby when they reach these milestones as a way to remember the special moments! I’ve seen quite a few friends on Facebook use these and I’ve always thought it’s a nice way to chart your baby’s progress. I’d seen a lovely set on Amazon but the only problem was… I hadn’t left myself enough time to order them. And I wasn’t entirely sure if I’d be able to pick up a set from a normal shop.
If you’ve had a gander at my Pre-baby Maternity Leave Bucket List, you’ll know that I wanted to make some flapjacks for labour to take to the hospital with me for labour. I’m not really sure where this idea came from, but I’ve been pretty set on it since we discussed labour in one of our NCT classes. I think there’s part of me that thinks baking flapjacks is a really ‘mumsy’ thing to do so I’m starting as I mean to go on…
With the shelf-life of the average flapjack lasting about a week, I’ve been holding off making them, but with 9 days left until due date – now seems a good a time as any. I can always whip up another batch if needed!