Childbirth and gifts.
Shortly after I gave birth to our eldest child, my husband came to the delivery ward with some gifts. It had been sent to me from Australia (Mr Large was born in the UK) I unwrapped the gift from my in laws and resisted the urge to burst into tears.
They had sent me a large, and no doubt very expensive, jar of stretch mark cream as a present for delivering their first grandchild. I have to say that having endured an exceptionally long labour and an emergency c-section only hours earlier, I was probably too whacked out on pain relief to be offended. Only as the pain relief wore off did my indignation grow.
In fairness to my in-laws they are lovely people. I’m really fond of them. They are just immensely practical people and my mother in law thought this would be a great gift for me.
So I can’t help laughing when I see people getting up in arms about the amazing gifts celebrities get given after giving birth. Because I can bet they never got a gift like mine from their mother in law.
In an ideal world I’d have liked, well a stretch of unbroken sleep but that wasn’t on the agenda for at least a year, or maybe a new pair of pajamas or possibly a soft dressing gown. My tastes aren’t expensive at all. But every mama is different.
My girlfriend Lucy was thrilled to get home from the hospital to discover her mother in law had filled the freezer with several home cooked meals and another girlfriend had a long standing arrangement set up with her mother in law where she emptied the ironing basket for her after her baby was born.
What gift do you think you’d like from people? Or do you not expect one?