Lizzy Har­ley, 30, a writer, lives in Wok­ing with hus­band Chris. She is cur­rently 33 weeks preg­nant.

Mother & Baby (UK) - - BUMP & BIRTH -

‘The mo­ment I knew – re­ally knew – that I was go­ing to have a baby can be summed up in two words: tiny socks. I or­dered some new­born clothes and was pot­ter­ing around the nurs­ery, tuck­ing sleep­suits and vests neatly away. Ev­ery­thing felt so new, ex­cit­ing and un­fa­mil­iar. And then I came to the socks. All of a sud­den, some­thing strange came over me. As I held the tiny socks in my palm, it was im­pos­si­ble not to imag­ine the soft, vul­ner­a­ble and real lit­tle feet that were go­ing to fill them. I’d only imag­ined the baby in an ab­stract way be­fore then but, at that mo­ment, he or she be­came real. Pre­par­ing for this baby wasn’t just about ac­quir­ing ex­tra stuff – it was about my ac­tual, real-life new baby. I felt ex­cited, ter­ri­fied and slightly dizzy! I still of­ten peek at those socks to re­mind my­self that ev­ery day brings me closer to those tiny feet.’

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