The day I found out I that I might be pregnant is indelibly etched on my mind. I remember how tired and exhausted I felt, like no exhaustion I had ever felt before. I remember the warm spring wind that whipped my face. I remember the walk to the chemist - the streets so empty apart from a women and her baby, and wondering if that might be me soon. I remember waiting to see if a line would appear. I remember the myriad of mixed feelings of shock and happiness and fear and nervousness and excitement, and really really wanting to see Boyfriend, to give him a great big cuddle, and to tell him the news face to face.
My mind was racing and heart was pounding so I went on a walk to try calm myself down. As I walked an older man on a bicycle approached me. He was dressed in high-visibility gear. I thought he might be looking for directions. Instead he told me he had just written his first ever limerick, inspired by something he had seen on TV the night before and that he wanted to test it out on me. So he started reciting his little limerick that was all about a hedgehog in a tent. I wish I could remember exactly how it went, but my mind was still racing with thoughts on my expanding family. Needless to say it was a very very surreal moment in my life.
So now, when I think back to first finding out about our new addition I invariably think of hedgehogs (which is only a good thing as I adore hedgehogs).
The other week I wanted to buy our baby something special as it's first ever toy. Something it will grow up with and love and cherish for a long long time. And I couldn't think of anything more special and fitting as a toy hedgehog, to mark the moment that I first found out about baby. After an internet search, I came across UK based textile artist Sara Carr, who sells these beautiful hedgehog plush toys from her Etsy shop:
Aren't they gorgeous? One is currently on it's way to me as we speak. I'm sure it's going to be much loved for a very long time.
I'm also in love with Monty the Fox - perhaps it'll be a future present for when baby is a little older... Or maybe as a present to myself...!