Two of my friends had babies last week, one on Monday, one on Tuesday, one a little boy, one a little girl and both very, very cute! It's been a special week. I love waking up to new photos of mummies with their sweet babies and getting updates on how the little guys/girls and their parents are doing. Both of these babies (and their mummies) are very special as they had to get through a number of obstacles to be brought into this world safely.
I remember those first few days in hospital after having Cruz. Friends and family came and went with beautiful flowers for Tim and I and the cutest outfits and cuddly bears for Cruz, but what I remember the most and what I found the most special was the thought my parents put into bringing me a special treat each day. It meant the world to me that despite the cute little bundle, that was now their first grandchild, having entered the world - they thought about me. My dad had even arranged for some roses to be left next to my bed (while I was in labour) with a note on them for when I came out of the birthing suite and was moved into my room. It was the last thing I expected at two in the morning, but it made me feel loved beyond words.
And so I guess that warm and fuzzy feeling of being thought of has always stuck in the back of my mind and still does today when I take little care packages up to friends. Today I thought I'd share some of the things I added into the bags, that I had found useful while I was in hospital with Cruz.
In each bag (one with pink goodies, one with blue) I added:
- Kool mints for mum to nibble on
- A pink or blue jumpsuit to dress their new addition in
- Tissues for both the happy and overwhelming tears that can follow birth
- The latest parenting magazine for when visitors die down and days get long
- Hand cream
- Antibacterial gel
- Mouthwash - oh how I wish I had remembered this in my hospital bag
- Tic Tacs
- Face wipes to freshen up
- Antibacterial wipes
- A new car for the big brothers
They are simple packages, but hopefully packages that let the mums' know that I am thinking about them, as well as their new little delights.
Is there anything else that you would have included? I was kicking myself that I didn't find slippers and suitable chap sticks for them.