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Snow and other showers

It gives me great pleasure to announce that another of my friends, has recently welcomed her first baby. As is customary, a baby shower was held mid December in her home town of Suffolk. It was originally planned for a week earlier – but the weather had other ideas when it sent a dusting of snow!

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Baby showers are a chance to ‘shower’ an expectant Mum with gifts and for this reason are not arranged by the mother-to-be herself. They are generally only held for the first baby and usually only women attend. The name is believed to have been derived in the 19th century when gifts would be placed in a parasol, which upon opening would shower the mother. Traditions around pregnancy and child-birth are not a new concept however, with rituals dating back to the middle ages in some countries.

I have previously arranged a baby shower and attended one other, but this one ranks among the best. A room in a local pub, in the beautiful village of Woodbridge, had been decorated with blue and white pompoms and bunting. One string of bunting had been hand sewn by an aunty-to-be and was personalised which I thought a wonderful idea, given it can then be hung in the baby’s room.  There was also a fabulous nappy cake, again made by a talented aunty.  My friend was truly blooming.

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Party bags had been made for all, containing sweets and a nail varnish along with materials required for some of the planned games.

There were some fantastic games, beginning with one where we had to hold a piece of paper against our foreheads and then draw a baby – this certainly produced some interesting designs – including one which looked exactly like a piece by Picasso!

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Other games included pin the dummy on the baby, guess the size of the bump, baby bingo and another creative one of decorating various items of baby clothing using fabric pens.  All winners received a prize.

We all filled in baby prediction cards.  The mother herself predicted a birth date of 28th December despite him being due late Jan, and sure enough she was right and their little bundle of joy arrived on 28th December at 10am!

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Baby weighed in at a healthy 7lbs 11oz.  I went to visit him in January and he is simply adorable.  They make wonderful parents and I wish them every happiness as a family.

Something Old, Something New

Nothing can beat that feeling of holding a new baby in your arms, so small but perfect in every way; their whole life in front of them with endless possibilities.  I was fortunate enough to have this experience again at the end of September when my new niece was born – the beautiful Georgia Alyssia, sister to Emilia Rose. I couldn’t resist this cute little outfit for her.

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Once again as I looked down at her beautiful face, my feelings of broodiness returned. In October two of my friends gave birth to little boys. My best friend is due to give birth to her son later this month. There seems to be something in the water lately but I guess that’s what happens when you get into your thirties – everyone’s life course is changing. Cocktails are swapped for nappies and bottles. I have to ask myself am I ready for that change? On the one hand, I have always wanted a baby and the biological clock is ticking. On the other hand though, I am enjoying seeing the world and splashing out on the latest fashions, especially enhancing my shoe collection! There is no doubt that having a baby changes your life and your priorities. Suddenly that little bundle is all that matters, they come first and your needs are pushed to the back of the queue. Do I feel I have done all I want to do with my life and am I ready to hand over to children for the next 18 years? It is a massive commitment and one which one should not enter into lightly, however if you wait until you are ready, is one ever ready?  There is of course another issue; we all take for granted that we will be able to have children – that is of course by no means a certainty and until you start trying, you won’t know.

Anyway I guess you are wondering, what the old is that I refer to in the title of this post? Also at the end of September, I had my first experience of a lunar cinema. This is an outdoor screening of a film – I guess kind of like an American drive through but without the cars. Rochester castle was the venue. Rochester castle is a stunning medieval keep which is 125 feet tall. The historic town of Rochester has a fascinating history and was a favourite of Charles Dickens. The Pickwick Papers and Great Expectations have references to the town. The castle – lit up against the night sky provided the perfect backdrop for the screening. They were showing the much acclaimed 1986 film, Top Gun. I love this film and have seen it many times but never on the big screen. Tom Cruise for me was in his prime at the time of this and Cocktail, pre scientology. We laid out a blanket to mark our spot on the grass and as the film opening credits were rolling, opened our bottle of rose Prosecco. Despite it being fairly warm still in September I can report that it was pretty cold as the night drew in and I was glad of my new blanket wrap, an autumn trend, which I bought from Jane Norman. Another trend seen on autumn’s Prada catwalk was the Prada ponytail which I also tried out for this occasion.  Essentially the hair is pulled into a high ponytail and a piece of hair wrapped around to hide the hairband.  The ponytail is then clipped to the side with a pretty barrette.  After the film we warmed ourselves up with a curry.

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Prada pony

Prada ponytail

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Whilst we are on the subject of old and new we should be moving house tomorrow so unfortunately blogging will have to take a bit of a back seat as I concentrate on packing and unpacking boxes.

I would love to know which autumn/winter fashions you are loving as well as any advice on the should I, should I not baby question. Until next time……….