2009; my daughter was both conceived and born.
2009; I learnt how generous family, friends and colleagues could be.
The only new things that were purchased for my daughter’s impending birth (and I’m only mentioning the big, expensive things) were:
a changing table
The rest was all given to us! From newborn bath tubs to bags of clothes, 3 different sized car seats, toys, packs of unused disposable nappies, toiletries, etc, we were incredibly blessed by the generosity of those around us.
This time around, it’s sort of the same story, but as there are 2 little people growing inside of me we do still need to buy a couple of things like, another pram, another car seat etc. But because I kept most of the things from when my daughter was born, it’s not that much of a stress. I’ve already been offered so much from my colleagues that I’m truly blown away! At the rate that babies grow, I don’t see the need to go out and buy millions of new outfits, because knowing my luck, they’ll end up wearing them once or twice and then they won’t fit anymore. I happily shopped at second baby stores when I was pregnant with my daughter, and I will be happily shopping at them again this time around. I’ve found that second hand stores, especially second hand baby supply stores stock some really decent things, and if you’re just prepared to spend a little extra time looking, you can find some real gems.
So thank-you Daily Prompt, for reminding me to be thankful for the hand-me-downs in my life.