Baby Talk

imageI have a very small family of four, just consisting of my mum, two younger sisters and I, with no extended relatives. To say that relationships have been strained over the years is an understatement, but I’m pleased that over more recent times we’ve been able to repair our connections somewhat and are now at the point where we can all get together, have a great time and enjoy being in each other’s company. Both sisters are in relationships with good men – my youngest sister married my brother-in-law two years ago and my middle sis lives with her boyfriend – and this has been a welcome addition to the dynamics of four, strong-minded women.

Five months ago, I received a phone call from the youngest sis… She’d discovered that she was pregnant, which she was delighted about as her and my brother-in-law had been trying for a while. I asked her how far along she was, and her answer made me smile. She was only four weeks gone.

While it’s standard for most people to wait for three months before telling anyone, my sis and I are terrible at keeping things to ourselves if we’re excited about something, so she rang us almost as soon as she had found out.

She’s now 26 weeks, and despite the fact that she suffered from terrible morning-sickness for the first few months, sis and baby are both doing well. Baby, who I have taken to calling Baby Squidge (mainly because of how squidgy babies are – highly inventive, I know) is strong and healthy with a good heartbeat. Sis and my brother-in-law have been extremely organised in getting everything ready, and Baby Squidge now has a wardrobe filled with clothes, nappies and essential items, and the nursery is almost finished. We know the sex and name, (but I won’t be giving details on that) which has made it easier to buy things (although I’ve never been a huge fan of gender-oriented colours and clothing) and I’ve had a brilliant time in Baby Gap and Mothercare looking at ridiculously cute outfits for it.

As it is the first grandchild in the family, Mum is ecstatic. She’s wanted a grandchild for as long as I can remember, and as I and my middle sis have no inclination nor desire to reproduce, I think that she was possibly concerned that it wouldn’t happen. While she has tried to remain calm, I know that she has plans for the day trips that she’s going to have with it, and if I know my mum well enough, that will involve all of the things that she has missed since we were little – swimming, walks in the park, Disney On Ice… Mind you, it’s more than likely that the Baby Squidge will be asleep and my mum will be doing the activities herself anyway. She’s going to be a fabulous grandmother.

However, my middle sis and I have never been around babies before, and we’re both admittedly a bit concerned about what on earth we are going to do with it if we’re looking after it. For now I’ve decided that anything involving bodily fluids ie. dirty nappies and sick will be a brilliant opportunity for mum to do her thing, and instead I’m going to take the cuddles. Unfortunately, I don’t think I’m going to get away with doing that for very long!

I do know this though:

1. It will know all of the words to Journey’s ‘Don’t Stop Believing.’

2. It will watch He-Man, She-Ra and Thundercats whenever I’m around (none of this Peppa Pig nonsense).

3. It will know The Tiger Who Came to Tea and all of the Beatrix Potter stories.

4. It will be dressed up in an awesome outfit every Halloween and Christmas (my sis has already tried to veto this idea, but she has to leave it with me at some point and when she isn’t there she can’t stop me).

5. Between us and my brother-in-laws lovely family, it will be the most loved, spoilt and cuddled that any baby has ever been.

So, our little family is growing, and next year will be some of the biggest changes we’ve had for a while. Baby Squidge will be here and The Bloke and I are getting married.

Auntie Suzie and Uncle Bloke. I like the sound of that. Let’s just hope for The Bloke’s sake that it doesn’t develop an interest in his Lego sets…

What about you guys? Any advice?

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58 thoughts on “Baby Talk

  1. What a year! Blokey bloke and his *throws head back and roars* “Sheeraahh!” Get the forever togetherness. New wife, Auntie and life. How Amazing is that. P.S. Feed baby and stuff will exit orafices without warning; feed change and return within five minutes should give you a fighting chance at avoiding smells n yells… at least it’s worth a try. πŸ˜‡

  2. That’s fantastic news!! I’ve got three kids (all teens) but still get REALLY broody around babies! If I hadn’t married a s**t then I would have kept going – like the Von Trapps but tone deaf! πŸ˜‰

  3. Lovely news, Suzie – how exciting for your family, 2017 is going to be a big year for you all πŸ™‚ As to baby advice, all the things you plan on doing sound awesome to me πŸ™‚ And the best thing about other people’s babies is that you can give them back when things get messy or shouty haha

  4. I wouldn’t count on it not liking the lego’s. You’ll have to childproof and hide the things you don’t want touched. It’s amazing what they get into. Congrats on becoming an aunt-to-be, Suzie!

  5. And don’t forget the Carry on Tours Gran will be taking it on too! And congrats to you and the Bloke on the wedding thing too! How exciting for the family πŸ™‚

  6. I became an aunt at the age of nine! Being the youngest in my family, I embraced having a real live dolly to play with. Babies are not safe around me and I believe I have scared a few strangers with my need to smell them. I’m so excited for you and your family. Congratulations!

    • Haha! I’ve never understood the whole thing with smelling babies heads – they have always looked like potatoes and smelled like potatoes to me. Perhaps I should start calling it Baby Spud!

  7. Congrats on becoming Auntie Suzie and Mrs. Bloke. How exciting for you and your entire family! I can’t offer much advice about Baby Smidge, since I am not a parent myself, but I would simply say “enjoy” this little one. Enjoy the time and memories spent with him or her, regardless if you end up changing a nappie or not.

    • Thanks my lovely! It’s going to be difficult to see it as I live 100 miles away so it looks like I’m going to be spending more time up north over the next few months haha!

  8. Yay! Congrats on being an auntie. I am kind of clueless about children but I feel that anyone who knows the lyrics to “Don’t Stop Beliving” is basically set up for future success.

  9. Can’t go wrong with cuddles! When they are older, if they tell you no (to cuddles) don’t take it personally, they are enjoying the novelty of choice. Other than that, spoil away πŸ˜‰ little people are amazing.

  10. Congratulations! Babies are so much fun and I do relate to your Mum. Being a grammy is the best thing I have ever done. don’t worry about nappies, as there is always someone around to change them… Yes, dress them the way you want.. we are going to Disney World with Little Miss and I bought her Minnie Mouse pajamas and a Minnie Mouse outfit that is to die for… of course her mama said that she thinks anyone who dresses their kids in Disney outfits to go there are lame, I have ignored that and somehow she has forgotten the ugly Disney Christmas sweaters she and her sister wore when they were little. Most of all, have fun, enjoy each moment, this baby is so lucky to have you as an Auntie… looking forward to hearing more about this baby!
    ❀ Cathi

  11. Congratulations to aunt Suzie!! And of course the mom and dad to be. 😊 I wouldn’t be a bit surprised if the “baby bug” doesn’t bite you and your sister once the little one arrives and you get a whiff of that new baby smell!!

  12. Best advice ever: pour out the love, step aside when Baby Squidge declares his/her own ideas, snap lotsa casual photos, make play and fun the most important part of the day, give no advice if not asked and little even then. Pour out more love.

    Can’t go wrong. Best wishes to the whole family and may your sister have an easy labor.

    And they are wise to keep sex and name of Baby Squidge private until they are ready to announce.

  13. You’ll change your mind about Peppa! Even though she’s a little shit with a stereotypical dad (he works in an office and has a big laptop and generally makes a blunder of all the things that mum does right?), the kids love it and when your desperate for 5 minutes peace and quiet on babysitting duties, Peppa does the trick ha ha xx

  14. That was so funny. My partner thinks that the baby will ignore his star wars lego. Boy is he in for a shock!

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