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Waiting for THE Day

In my recent post “Ready for a Baby?” I was asking questions about whether I’m ready to become a parent on a psychological level – which I feel that I am. But I’m also ready on a more practical level as this post will prove to you!


During the past two weeks or so that I’ve been on maternity leave I’ve kept myself busy with purchasing the last necessary items (e.g. the bouncer above that I found in a second hand shop for baby stuff), washing around a hundred loads of laundry, organising all cupboards and drawers, cleaning the flat, helping Matthew set up the cot bed, attending ante natal classes, writing a birth plan, packing my hospital bag – so I’m starting to feel ready to say the least! So far I haven’t been bored once as I’ve had so much to do, but I have a feeling that the last 20 days or so will be all about waiting and looking out for the smallest signs of that labour might be starting…


I’m not a big fan of pink and feel more drawn to blue and grey when it comes to baby clothes – to the point where I was a little worried the baby wouldn’t have any girly clothes. But when I was washing clothes I was relieved to notice that the baby probably won’t be mistaken for a boy after all – there’s enough girly colours too 🙂


The antenatal classes have actually been more useful than I thought (although the teacher was a bit younger than we expected…) The first class was all about the birth itself from a biological point of view as well as the signs of going into labour, and the second class was about pain relief and any external help on offer during labour. As my mum has given birth to 6 children without pain relief (apart from gas and air) I’m convinced that I won’t have to opt for an epidural…Wishful thinking I know! But at least I’m not scared about the birth at this point, more curious. My philosophy is that the baby has to come out one way or another so there’s no point stressing about it!


At first we weren’t going to buy a moses basket or similar, but after assembling the cot bed and realising how huge it would be for a newborn we decided that we need one. Having a moses basket is also good as you can carry it between rooms and have the baby sleep in the same room as you are – which I feel a lot more comfortable with!


And here is the massive cot bed – we’ll just put the moses basket in it at night until the baby is big enough to sleep in it.

Ok, time to get back to my jigsaw puzzle before I have to start cooking dinner for when Matthew gets home in true housewife style…:)

x Nina x

Nina Äikäs

I’m a Swedish-speaking Finn who left Finland for the lovely and thrilling London town in 2011, but after meeting an equally lovely and thrilling Scotsman I somehow now find myself in the beautiful city of Edinburgh. In February 2015 our gorgeous little girl arrived and made us a happy family of three. Follow my blog and get to know us!

  • Monica Äikas

    Du verkar minsann väl förberedd. Och du har en sund inställning: babyn kommer nog ut på ett eller annat sätt utan att du stressar över det. Men VAD är en birth plan?

    January 19, 2015 at 4:39 pm
    • ninaaikas

      I en birth plan skriver man alla ens önskemål angående födseln, t.ex. om man vill ha smärtstillande, hur man vill att rummet ska vara, om man vill att babyn ska få K-vitamin, om man vill testa vattenfödsel, vem man vill ha med sig osv. Man ger planen till barnmorskan när man kommer till sjukhuset för att föda. Ofta går det ju inte som i planen, men det underlättar väl barnmorskans jobb och hjälper en själv att förbereda sig för födseln.

      January 19, 2015 at 5:11 pm
  • Anonymous

    Ok. Något sånt har jag inte hört om förut, men det låter vettigt. Fast som du säger, man får nog bereda sig på att det inte går som i planen.

    January 20, 2015 at 7:33 am
  • Jenni

    Off topic, men tack för att du följer min blogg, och roligt att se att det finns andra finlandssvenskar här! 🙂

    January 20, 2015 at 4:39 pm
    • ninaaikas

      Tack själv 🙂 Vad roligt, trodde inte det fanns andra finlandssvenskar i Edinburgh haha! Har i alla fall inte stött på någon 😀 Let me know om du har lust att ta en kaffe här nån dag – saknar att få tala svenska 🙂

      January 20, 2015 at 4:47 pm
      • Jenni

        Absolut! Och samma här – jag talar finska flera gånger i veckan, men om man nångång sällan stöter på nån som talar svenska så är det ju “fel sorts” svenska 😀

        January 20, 2015 at 4:54 pm
        • ninaaikas

          Precis – det är ju inte muminsvenska 🙂

          January 20, 2015 at 4:58 pm
  • Annika b

    Great-looking stuff for the princess!

    January 23, 2015 at 12:47 pm
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