If you are expecting your first baby, you don’t need me to tell you that your life is going to change. And, to make that transition, you have to have a few things in place. Most people will have a long list of things that they must do before they become parents. But the following advice is, in my eyes, an absolute necessity.
There are some obvious things that I have left out, such as packing a hospital bag and stocking up on nappies. But most of you will know about them already. My list will – hopefully – point out a few ideas that will make your life easier and help you enjoy those precious few weeks of bonding time. If you have just found out you are pregnant, then you have around eight months to complete them – so let’s get started right away!
Learn to drive
If either you or your partner can’t drive yet, know is the time. OK, you are going to get by with only one child, but you just aren’t going to have the time spare to do it afterwards. And once you have another kid on the way, you are both going to need this essential skill to share the burden. So, take some lessons, book a test, and make sure you are roadworthy before your newborn makes an appearance. Or you might have to wait another ten years before you get the chance.
Go on a luxury holiday
OK, so a luxury holiday isn’t going to be an option for everyone. But put aside some money and get away before your pregnancy is up. Be as luxurious as your budget will allow. Holidays just aren’t going to be the same for another twenty years, so make the most of your time together. It will give you a great mid-pregnancy boost, and also give you the chance to discuss your futures. Which, of course, will include another little personality from here on in. Life is busy in the modern world, and sometimes you need to have a break to help you focus on what’s important.
Plan your finances
No, this isn’t the most appealing topic. But because you have a baby on the way, you should look at your finances. You can expect to spend around £200,000 on bringing up a single child from birth through to university. So the quicker you start saving for it, the better. Put aside a trust fund or high-interest savings account for your newborn, and make an effort to commit to regular payments. It will help you give them the very best start in life a possible.
Enjoy your sleep
Unless you are incredibly lucky, what you have always known about sleep is going to change dramatically. Before you give birth, you are going to be extremely uncomfortable. But to be honest, it’s just practice for the sheer torture that is coming your way. Newborns have no concept of night or day, loud or quiet. They just operate on a hungry/not hungry basis. They will have you in and out of your bed so much you will start to question your sanity. And even when they don’t make a sound, you still won’t sleep, because you will swear you can hear them crying. So enjoy your sleep for now – because, in good time, it will be a thing of the past.
Good luck with the pregnancy – and enjoy the wonders of parenthood!