So, I am currently 31 weeks pregnant – I still have 9 weeks till full term, however, the midwife has recommended that we encourage labour from 38 weeks. The thought of having sweeps again absolutely terrifies me, BUT I do have a solid plan in place and to be honest I now know when to say NO and STOP. I think that the first time around I felt intimidated by the whole process and I didn’t feel like I was being properly listened to, so I ended up just going along with what the midwives suggested. Needless to say, I am wiser now and will be putting my foot down.

Anyway, back to the clothes. When we were expecting Jasper I didn’t get to go crazy and shop shop shop, both my mum and Kayne’s pretty much bought everything we needed… and wanted. This time around, however, I have gone out of my way to buy a few things – with this baby being a girl (well the sonographer was 80% sure, so fingers crossed!) and with the lack of hand me downs I think Kayne had no choice but to kind of give in to a few of my OOOOs and AAAAAs. Don’t get me wrong, I haven’t spent hundreds of pounds and as both of our mothers are again buying a lot for this little chipmunk I haven’t gone nuts. Believe me, I would love to go nuts and I could probably make it my mission to do so – but that would be crazy.

Most of the outfits I’ve bought were actually in highstreet sales and I did get a bit excited on a trip to Dagenham Market. Normally, I wouldn’t buy baby clothes from a market – the thought of clothes being dropped on dirty gravel  and touched by sticky icky fingers, was enough to put me off – however, as all the clothes will be washed and ironed I didn’t mind. I think my attitude changed really when I saw the beautiful continental style clothes that I love. I have a big thing for Portuguese and Spanish baby brands – they remind me of my childhood and I just can’t get enough of that classic baby look. I’ve also been scouring the net for online shops that sell these clothes, but, they come at a price – quite a high price. Should I be swimming in cash I would, but I’m not, and after seeing how quickly Jasper grew out of his outfits I just couldn’t justify it to myself – let alone Kayne (he holds the purse strings… mostly.). 

Here are some of mine and Kayne’s mum’s purchases, I wish I could include some of my mother’s, but she washes, irons and stores all the outfits until the last month. It’s a massive help and to be honest she even launders the outfits I buy and people gift. My mother is OCD about cleanliness, so I couldn’t trust anyone else to help me out with this.

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Marta Aguiar
Written by Marta Aguiar
I'm a mid twenties mummy living in North London, a graduate in English literature and creative writing from the university of Aberyswyth in Wales. I love to bake, cook, read and watch films, and love spending time with my little toddler, Jasper, and our new addition, Mylo. I blog about our family life and my general interests, with the odd guest blog from my partner, Kayne.