Friday, 20 April 2012

Push Presents: Yay or Nay?

I recently came across a term I had never heard before.

Push Presents

"A push present (also known as a "push gift" or "baby bauble") is a present a new father gives a new mother when she gives birth to their child. In practice the present may be given before or after the birth, or even in the delivery room". (Wikipedia, 20th April 2012, link).

As with a lot of these terms, it seems the celebrity world has brought them to the forefront with celeb mums such as Mariah Carey, Jennifer Lopez and Sarah Jessica Parker getting extravagant gifts.

Now obviously every mummy's first reaction will be that the baby is the biggest present at the end of it all. This was my first reaction, but then I thought about how nice it is to get a gift which will be significant to the birth of your child and one you can keep in the family for years to come.

My second thought was I want this Mulberry bag I have been lusting over for a while!

But then after a bit of twitter discussion I realised it was just an excuse for a lovely present really and a bag doesn't last forever. So if you are going to have a push present do you think it should be something that can be kept forever and is special? Or should it purely be a reward to the mum for all the hard work over the 9 months of pregnancy, the birth and the sleepless nights to come?

Its seems that push presents are mostly an American thing but after tweeting about my discovery it seems a fair few women knew about this term.

Even though I had never heard of this term when I had Belle my husband took our newborn out and bought me some beautiful diamond earrings. The thought of my husband, the new daddy, out with our little new born girl picking them together still makes me smile when I look at them!

I think it is a very personal thing because the daddy plays a big role too these days, obviously minus the physical bit. Certainly my husband did and still does, so perhaps us ladies should get them a little something too?  Obviously it doesn't have to be a super expensive gift, it is the thought that counts as I'm sure most ladies will agree? Maybe even something as simple as a letter, poem or card.

Either way, I think "push presents" (although the term still sounds a bit wrong) are a lovely idea. A little something from your loved one, however big or small, to celebrate your new arrival can never be a bad thing.

Thursday, 12 April 2012

Thursday Thought... Fathers

My husband often plays this song on a Sunday morning and I just love the lyrics.

He makes me smile x

Wednesday, 4 April 2012

3 Years Old: Happy Birthday to Our Little Girl

Dear Raya Belle,

This year you have turned into a proper little girl and you astound us in everything you do!  Since you turned 2 years old you have been through so many changes! You are a little miss chatterbox, you sing songs and you love to put on shows for us all.

At the beginning of the year you moved into a big girls bed from your beloved cot, you loved it and made everything so easy, not once did you get out of your bed at night! Like everything you took to the change like a duck to water. 

You gave up your evening milk bottle in place of a mug. 

You gave up your dummy! You left them outside in a package for the 'dummy fairies' one night and they left you a present in return. Again you didn't complain or ask for your dummy ever again!

You said goodbye to your nappies and were potty trained in 3 days straight! Night and Day! This really shocked us, you little perfectionist!

You started nursery school! 2 mornings a week and again not a single tear from you. I waited in the car park for the whole morning as I was quite emotional, only to get back to the teacher saying you had been fantastic, eaten all your lunch and you were happy the whole time! This has continued to be the theme of your days there.

You had your first haircut.

You got chicken pox.

Ikea made over your playroom

And now you are going to be a big sister!

I can not explain how proud we are of you baby girl. You have such a gentle nature, you are caring and kind to others, and polite. You LOVE animals!

You have such a fantastic relationship with daddy, you have days out together and you love going to his office and helping him out. I love to watch you play fight and the fact you know what an 'arm bar' and 'headlock' are does make me laugh, daddy is teaching you martial arts already! Despite this you are so gentle and would never dream of pushing or hitting.

Your other favourite people in the world are of course Grams and Papa. You just adore playing with them and they are so involved in everything you do. They have just loved watching you grow and develop into the beautiful girl you are today. You have been going over to their house every week since you were a baby and now I watch you pack your own bag with excitement and smile at the things you want to take to show them (today it was a new play-doh set from Uncle Chris).

I love watching you play, your imagination astounds us all. We had your Fairy Tea Party at the weekend to celebrate you turning 3 and seeing you running off with all your little friends brought a tear to my eye, you really are independent and secure! I hardly spoke to you all day you little social butterfly. So many of your friends came to wish you a happy birthday. You are a special girl.

We love you Belle, continue being you and enjoy exploring this big world even more in your 3rd year.

Kisses forever angel xxxxxxxx