After nearly 20 years in the big, wide, world doing a pretty good job of looking after ourselves, my husband and I now find ourselves in uncharted territory.
During our adult lives we have bought property, travelled the world (okay, mainly Europe) and mastered all manner of new technologies, but our next challenge does not come with an instruction manual.
Having passed the halfway stage of pregnancy I am finally allowing myself to get a little bit excited, but along with it all becoming a lot more real comes some big discussions.
Basically, these particular parents-to-be are a little bit clueless about babies. Despite telling myself human beings have been coping with producing offspring for millennia, I feel thoroughly perplexed by the many bewildering decisions to make before the little human arrives. For example: do we want a Moses basket or crib for the first few months, should we buy an Isofix base for the car seat, and do we need any number of other baby-related appliances I’m sure did not exist in the 1970s when we were born (but somehow my generation still survived)?
I’m sure all will become clear, I’m just reluctant to spend a small fortune finding out.
Meanwhile, during extensive research into prams, pushchairs, travel systems and strollers on the internet (I have discovered there is a distinct lack of real-life shops selling them in Bury St Edmunds), the subject of naming the child has been raised on more than one occasion. Having grown up with ‘Camille’ I am keen on something unusual while my other half favours more traditional monikers. As such, suggestions have been wide-ranging, with some preposterous options thrown into the mix (my husband regretted seeking inspiration from Charlie and Chocolate Factory when I seriously considered his jokey suggestion of Augustus).
And so last week, having decided not to discover the baby’s sex at the most recent ultrasound scan, we finally found a front-runner on the name front: Baby McBabyface. After all, if it’s good enough for the 100,000 people who voted for the similar ‘Boaty McBoatface’ to be the name of a new high-tech polar research ship, then it is good enough for us. Until August at least.
(While you can’t vote on my child’s name, you can vote for the National Environment Research Council ship’s at www.nameourship.nerc.ac.uk)