For the Christmas before my son was born (he was due on 5th January), my husband gave me a beautiful, hardback diary which included half-page entries for each date throughout the year. I began writing in it right away, little knowing that I would go into labour early on 1st January and so there’d only be one entry before my son arrived.
When I rediscovered it a few weeks back, I loved rereading it again as it was a chance to revisit this ‘before’ and ‘after’ moment in my life, and it instantly took me back. It also contained entries where I mention meeting up with fellow parents for the first time, who are now close family friends.
When I was expecting my second baby, I kept a diary throughout my pregnancy, to enjoy that moment in time and really celebrate it, all over again. I remember my health visitor coming round and telling me how she really missed the time being with her one child, before her second came along, wonderful as it was.
So much advice in preparation for a new baby involves buying new things, and – of course – this is a really fun part of the process. But I also think writing in preparation for your baby, not for anyone else to read, just purely for yourself, is a really lovely way to get ready for this new and beautiful stage in your life.
How have you / are you getting ready for a new baby? Tell me in the comments below.
Milestone for family photography
I’ve heard from lots of excited families who are expecting new additions to their families in 2019, and who are looking to document of this special time.
If you’re looking forward to a new baby in your family this year, and would love to capture this time during your pregnancy or with your older child or children, get in touch to find out how I work with families to authentically capture those special moments.