My due date is getting ever closer and I can’t believe that I could potentially go into labour any day in the next month or so. We spent last weekend doing all the final preparations. We cleaned the house from top to bottom. Washed all the baby’s clothes. Packed mine and the baby’s hospital bags. We also finally decided on what our little boy’s present to his big brother would be.
Hey Big Bro!
Baby’s daddy-to-be came up with the idea that it would be really sweet if, when Luke comes to meet his little brother for the first time, the baby has ‘bought’ him a little gift to say hello. I absolutely loved this idea!
I’ve been thinking a lot about the journey I have embarked on and how becoming a mum of two will be a whole new experience for everyone in the family. If I’m honest, the mum guilt has started to creep in and I’m constantly worrying that I won’t be able to give Luke all the attention he needs. Thankfully, super step dad over here has me covered and we’re both really keen to ensure that Luke is as involved with his little brother as he possibly can be.
“Thank You For Being My Big Brother”
Luke is a very loving and caring little boy and I know that when he meets his brother for the first time, my heart will explode. I also know that receiving a little gift to say “thank you for being my big brother” will go down a treat!
My New Found Love Affair With Groupon
Recently, I have discovered the joy of Groupon. When I found out I was pregnant, it meant that our usual romantic camping weekend away wouldn’t be happening this year. Who wants to go camping at 7 months pregnant? Not me! Anyway, I searched Groupon for something a little bit more suitable and, to both mine and Mikey’s amazement, managed to score us a night away by the seaside just in time for his birthday. Since then, I’ve gone to Groupon first for almost every purchase. I’m talking stocking up on toilet rolls to baby’s bedding!
Disney Store Deals
When it came to looking for a some gift ideas, Groupon seemed like the perfect place to start. Like all kids, Luke loves the Disney Store so it’s really great to see that Groupon currently have 59 verified discount codes available. The codes range from 20% off any order at the Disney Store, Classic Dolls from £10 and everyone’s favourite: free delivery!
I very quickly discovered that the Disney Store also has an entire collection of gifts and toys for babies…that would be the exact moment that I got completely distracted. In fact, I got so distracted that I forgot to go ahead and order something for Luke and by the time I remembered, Mikey was already keen to finish up the hospital bags. Ooops.
Luke’s Present From Baby
In the end, I didn’t have enough time left to order something online as we both wanted the toy wrapped and packed away in my hospital bag as soon as possible. That meant we had to venture into the big wide world and head to the shops to find something suitable. As we are planning for this gift exchange to happen in the hospital, the toy needs to be quiet and immediately useable. No toys that come in the dreaded cardboard box and cable tie prisons!
PJ Mask’s Cat Boy
Eventually, we opted for a Cat Boy cuddle toy. If you’ve not watched PJ Masks, you probably have no idea what I’m on about. But if you have, you’ll know how obsessed kids become with these TV shows.
Up until recently, Luke has watched Cbeebies before school, but he has somehow discovered the pleasures of Channel 5’s Milkshake. Queue the sudden interest in Paw Patrol again and the huge obsession with PJ Masks. His favourite character is Cat Boy, so when we saw his favourite PJ Masks character in fluffy toy form, we thought it would be the perfect gift for hospital.
It ticked all the boxes.
It was soft. It didn’t have packaging. It wasn’t noisy and Luke could play with it straight away.
All That’s Left…
Now all I have to do is go into labour, push a baby out and hope that Luke likes the toy!
Have you ever done something like this with your children? Let me know in the comments how you managed to keep your children as involved as possible with their baby siblings and please feel free to leave any pro parenting tips you may have for a family of 3 becoming a family of 4!