Wednesday 9 May 2012

Books for Baby #1

I think I've been pretty good at not talking about baby stuff too much here.. I don't know if it counts as I haven't really been talking about anything much at all on the blog lately, but still I'm proud of myself! However, today I have caved, and am going to give a very brief baby update. Currently I'm 18 weeks pregnant, which means I'm nearly half way through! :-/ I've had to get some maternity trousers and am looking like a proper fat person, rather than a pregnant one. A couple of weeks ago we heard the baby's heartbeat for the first time which was amazing, and in two weeks we'll have our next scan and can hopefully find out if we're having a boy or a girl!

However, the major point of the post is really to chronicle the beginnings of baby's library :-) We haven't bought anything at all for it yet other than books - we've been given some clothes and a car seat, but the baby shopping proper has yet to start, and while I'm not particularly bothered by the fact that we've not really looked at cots or prams, I am daily finding more books which I absolutely must get for it. I just have to add at this point that none of these books so far are the sensible cardboard, chew resistant type of book. They're all the pretty paper ones, which you're probably not meant to get the kid till much later but ah well. What can you do? I see books, I must buy. That's the way the world goes, and as I have another 4.5 months or so of the baby book buying, I decided to turn it into a semi regular feature. 

Each time I post, I'll put up a picture of what I've got the baby so far, followed by a little wishlist of stuff that I still want to get. This is full disclosure now so that those of you who are interested in the baby stuff will know what's going on, and those of you who aren't will know to avoid! :-) 

So, here's my first picture!

Please excuse the tablecloth and the awful photography. What is here so far:
  • Paddington: Please Look After This Bear & Other Stories by Michael Bond (audiobook)
  • More About Paddington by Michael Bond (audiobook)
  • Guess How Much I Love You by Sam McBratney & Anita Jeram
  • Beatrix Potter's Nursery Rhyme Book 
  • The Dangerous Alphabet by Neil Gaiman & Gris Grimly (includes 'E is for Evil' and other such gems of awesomeness)
The last one will definitely not be suitable for a while, but it's so pretty and awesome I couldn't resist! I used to read Guess How Much I Love You to my little brother and have cuddles, so it was definitely an essential :-) I'm on the look out for Where the Wild Things Are by the late, great, Maurice Sendak, The Very Hungry Caterpillar by Eric Carle, and We're Going on a Bear Hunt by Michael Rosen. 

One of the greatest things about browsing the picture books is that you get to rediscover brilliant stuff you'd totally forgotten about, which is why I keep finding so many more books I need! What picture books did you love as a child? Help my baby library wishlist out! :-)


  1. Congrats, congrats -- that's wonderful! So exciting! Loved that your shared the growing baby library -- I melted! Such fabulous choices -- I do hope you share again because these selections are taking me back to my childhood and inspiring me to think about what I would get should I have a child...

  2. I would be EXACTLY the same. I keep looking at them in Waterstones and I'm not even NEARLY pregnant!

    I love the Guess How Much I Love You book, and I also used to love Elmer the elephant. He was shy because he was patchwork coloured and all the other elephants were grey!