The Final Countdown To Baby Due Date

We are now just 3 days away from Due Date but as of yet, there is no movement at all.

Since the last update, we’ve been a little bored just waiting for something to happen. Pancake is in the right place so we’re now just playing the waiting game.

I’ve Started Nesting

Better late than never, we feel we’re actually starting to “nest” as they say.

The nursery, although unlikely to be used for the first few months, now has everything in situ. Nappies, Water Wipes, cotton wool balls and nappy bags are all in easy reach of the change table so minimum effort is required at 3am.

The nappy bin lock has been checked, checked again, and checked for the final time to ensure our curious Labradoodle can’t get in and make a mess. Rockers and bouncers are waiting, grandparents are waiting, we’re waiting…

Tax Free child care vouchers

Tax Free child care vouchers

We’ve also managed to properly sort out our finances knowing that J plans to take 12 months maternity and that we want Pancake to go to nursery before her return, it was something that needed to be done so we could take as much advantage of things like the tax free Childcare Voucher scheme offered by employers.

Also with time on our hands, we’ve decided one of the first things we’re going to do once Pancake has arrived, is to sort out a holiday. Another cruise is most likely. Somewhere warm on a ship that offers baby sitting facilities 🙂

Waiting For The Arrival

It is surprisingly boring waiting for a little one to arrive especially if you’ve already done as much as you think is possible prior to their arrival.

As one last treat and while we can still function, we’ve decide to head out to our favourite restaurant for one last time as a couple 🙂 Next time we go…


Surprise!!! It’s Your Baby Shower

Today the weather behaved itself, just, and J surprise baby shower went down an absolute treat. Luckily it didn’t kick start anything 😉

Keep It A Secret

As luck would have it, the date that was convenient for most people coincided with my Dads birthday. This meant J knew there was a gathering for a party and therefore wasn’t the least bit suspicious when I helped out moving garden furniture, putting up a gazebo, taking ice buckets, bowls etc round.

My little nephews spent the week before cutting out flowers for garden decorations while my sister-in-law sorted out bunting, table decorations and everything else requires to make a proper summer garden party.

I somehow managed to keep under wraps that our favourite restaurant who catered our wedding last year, were providing the food for the day and I left the two mums to sort out everything else including drinks.


Luckily everyone arrived just in time, and as we entered my parents garden and rounded the corner, J expected to see my folks, my Dads cousins and few other family members all readying for his birthday. Instead she was confronted by 14 friends and family all shouting Surprise!

J froze for about 3 seconds, unable to take comprehend the whole thing, and then started to blub (blame the hormones) – all captured on video too.

The garden looked stunning, and after 15 minutes or so I headed off with my Dad, Brother and three nephews to play crazy golf and have a McDonald’s treat leaving J Baby Shower to start.

Baby Shower Games

This is where my sis-in-law came into her element. Being Columbian but spending a lot of her time growing up in New York, she like most Americans know how to throw a party and completely go over the top. The idea from the outset was to get a bunch of friends round, completely chill out, drink and eat and have a few games thrown in for good measure.

Baby prediction cards

Baby prediction cards

No “Baby” allowed!

Everyone wore a dummy and weren’t allowed to say “Baby”. If they did, the person who noticed claimed their dummy. At the end of the day, the person with all the dummies, or most, won.

How Many?

Guess the number of Jelly Babies in jar.

Nappy Race

Two people, with one directing the other who is blindfold, on putting on an old fashioned nappy on a doll.

String The Bump

Using a ball of string, each person had to guess the length it would take to fit round J’s bump. One “friend” measured enough string that it went round twice!

Prediction Cards

Each filled in a card guessing the date, weight, length, sex, time in labour and name.

Gifts Galore

Baby Clothes Bouquets from the Bump Company

Baby Clothes Bouquets from the Bump Company

In the run up to J’s Baby Shower, having been asked by many what gifts they could get, I sent our gift wishlist that was originally put together for our family.

As it happened there was still a lot of things we hadn’t got round to buy in all price ranges.

We ended up receiving a vast amount of gifts from nappy cakes through to night lights and not one single thing was duplicated. In fact we even received a few items for when Pancake reaches 6mnths so not everything was for Newborn which was nice.

We also received a beautiful Baby Clothes Bouquet from The Bump Company who sent it direct to my parents house ready for the surprise baby shower.

J soon learned that everyone knew about this… everyone but her 🙂 Result!


Baby First Aid Courses Should Be Compulsory

Now I’d survived the Parentcraft group, next up for me was a First Aid for Babies course. There was absolutely no point in J attending, after all working in A&E she has seen more than her fair share of injuries on both adults and children. I however, working in IT, would be looking for the CTRL-ALT-DEL button!

The last time I attended a first aid course was 18 years ago so thought it best to have a refresher at the very least. A basic understanding should mean that when J’s out and I’m left in charge, if anything does happen, I’m able to confidently deal with it – that’s the idea anyway!

First Aid Courses

Our local Children’s Centre, where we’ve just finished our ParentCraft courses, ran the First Aid course which was aimed at giving parents first aid training for babies under one year old. The course, which cost £22, covered;

  • Unconscious baby and child (breathing or not breathing)
  • Choking baby and child
  • Bleeding
  • Burns
  • Raised temperatures
  • Meningitis
  • Baby first aid

    Baby first aid

    All in all, the course was well worth attending, but I was a bit surprised that I was the only bloke! As it was run in the afternoon I can understand that it could be inconvenient for most, as people prefer to take their holidays AFTER the newborn has arrived. However I never imaged out of the 10 people attending I would be the only male, I expected there to be 2 or 3 of us.

    It Should Be Compulsory

    Personally I think these Newborn First Aid Courses should be made compulsory for all first time parents. Any sane parent wouldn’t leave a child in a nursery without properly trained medical staff (now a legal requirement) so as a newborn spends more time at home than anywhere else, why wouldn’t you get trained yourself?

    Places on these courses do fill up quickly at local Childrens Centres and had that been the case for me, I would have opted for the British Red Cross First aid for baby and child course that covers roughly the same things.

    If you want any further advice or guidance, St Johns have a dedicated section on their website for First Aid For Parents including a poster showing 5 Ways To Save A Babys Life.