One of the suggestions on my list of 31 things to do in January was to make a big, long list of fun things to do with the rest of the year.
My year is unlikely to feature foreign holidays and hedonistic drinking; I'm cautious about being too optimistic about what I can do with a baby to care for; but there are some things I'm excited about. They include:
The big one
- Meet our child!
Things to do when I'm more mobile:
- Plant lots more brightly coloured flowers in the garden. Especially nasturtiums.
- Feed the ducks.
- Kick through autumn leaves.
- Meet friends for tea and cake.
- Go to the cinema. Even if it's just to parent-and-baby shows.
- Go to the park. All the parks. We are surrounded by parks.
- Look at the stars.
- Pick brambles.
- Eat pretzels with Elise.
Things to do at home:
- Decorate the baby's room.
- Eat biscuits with faces on them.
- Watch as much of Eurovision as we can stay awake for.
- Sew more.
- Watch the rest of Parks and Recreation.
- Have friends round for Christmas food.
Things to do with the baby:
- Dress it in brightly coloured babygrows.
- Take far too many photos of it dressed in brightly coloured babygrows.
- Spend lots and lots of time talking to Steve about how amazing our child is.
- Read to it.
- Take it to meet its great-grandparents.
- And everybody else we care about.
- Go for big walks and show it the leaves and the birds and the butterflies and the flowers.
- Enjoy referring to it as "he" or "she" instead of "it".
- Cackle through a Dylan Moran show. The tickets are already booked and I'll get there if Steve has to push me in a wheelbarrow.
- Wear skirts. And brightly coloured tights. And anything else which didn't feature in my pregnancy wardrobe.
- Blow bubbles.
- Drink some wine.