So with @Crazy_Bomber about to have his first and a few others commenting on recent births, I thought a thread about baby stuff might be the go. Plus - it might just make a welcome diversion to the ■■■■ that’s going on at the moment.
I never wanted kids. I was happy and content with my wife and my dogs and the thought of kids was just pure suffocation. Then we couldn’t have them. And so then - I really wanted them.
So after 5 years of trying - we finally had our first. I will admit I was absolutely ■■■■-scared the day we first opened the front door of our home, walked in with our little bundle of joy and introduced her to the dogs.
The realisation that we were now in charge of a human life was a bit over-whelming. My wife and I just looked at each other across out beautiful mission brown 70’s abode and just thought - WTF!
Our now 4 year old was fairly small and spent a week in NICU. And she had a habit of blue incidents - so that ramped up the anxiety but nether the less - we were total amateurs.
I tried to prepare. I read books. What I didn’t yet understand was the genius of the baby-advice industry, which targets people at their most sleep-deprived and at the beginning of what will surely be the weightiest responsibility of their lives, and makes them feel like the shittest parent in the world when implementing their ideas just simply doesn’t work.
So get ready for what is going to be the best thing to ever happen to you but what will also place the biggest strain on your relationship that you have ever experienced. Sleep deprivation is a ■■■■■ and brings out the inner ■■■■■ in you - whether your male or female. So be ready for it, recognise it and cut each other some slack and enjoy what is something pretty special.
There’s an awful lot of stuff you can buy in the early stages of parenthood. A lot of it you won’t use.
Useful piece of baby equipment #1:
Blueys - they makes nappy changing and clean up so much better.