I've never been much of a baby person nor have I really ever felt "broody", but as my due date is getting closer I find myself already waiting and longing for the baby to come. I can't believe how fast these months have gone by - it feels like it was only a few days ago when we did the pregnancy test or when had our first ultra check, where the baby was just under 1 cm long but we could already see his little beating heart.
I can't wait to meet this little guy that keeps kicking and punching me and making waves in my belly. I can't wait to get to know him, hear him laugh and see if he has my nose or Magnus's. I can't wait to hold him. I'm only a few days short of being 38 weeks pregnant and everything should be fine for the baby to be born.
Any day now.
In Finland all the expectant mothers get a maternity package despite their income or if the baby is their first or tenth. The box has quite a lot of essential baby stuff such as clothes, blankets, hats, socks, a few toys and other important items the baby needs. If you want to have a peek what's inside this year's box you can do it by following this link. Often during this pregnancy I have noticed that everything revolves around the mother and the baby, but the daddy-to-be is usually forgotten to the background. No one asks him how he's doing and what he is feeling, even though the pregnancy and the baby is as much a part of his life as it is the mother's (although maybe not quite as concretely, but it sure is happening to him too). I decided to make Magnus his own "paternity box" or more like a daddy-survival-kit so that he wouldn't feel left out and also because I just wanted to give him a little gift and make him happy.
So here's what I put inside the box:
- a pair of baby socks and a hat (it's a daddy survival kit after all and those things might come handy)
- a bag of cheese and chill covered peanuts (for the moments when he needs extra energy quickly)
- Dark roasted Moominpappa coffee when he needs to stay awake
- infant formula and a baby bottle if I'm not around when the baby starts to cry
- a couple of pacifiers to make the crying stop (if the baby wasn't hungry)
- a bag of his favourite mint chocolate candies (do I even need to explain why a survival kit has to include chocolate?)
- a licorice pipe (if he doesn't get his hands on a real cigar ;)
- a new thriller by Jo Nesbo to read at the hospital or when he needs to stay awake
- and a bottle of good quality lager to relax after the baby is born.
- I also added a few pairs of earplugs (again, no explanation needed) and a few kinky bedroom things that I left out of the photos because I don't want to embarrass my mum or my co-workers if they should happen to read this (ok, now I made it sound even worse and kinkier than it actually is!)
I had a fun time putting it all together and more importantly he was really happy about the survival kit - he even took a photo and posted it on his Instagram account (which he doesn't do often) and the next day he told me he had shown the photo to all his female co-workers.