In February 2021, nutritionist and yoga teacher Jennalea McInnes gave birth to her beautiful boy Ollie. She approached baby prep with research, “I had a list in Excel of all the things I needed and wanted for the baby and then would add links of stuff I liked. My partner, Andrew, didn’t choose much because he knows how particular I am, even his sister ran things past me to ensure I liked her gifts.” Grandparents helped out on the big-ticket items, a few great hand-me-downs were given, and at the baby blessing gifts from her The Memo gift registry were given. “I asked for a few hats, sheets, clothes — honestly, quite simple stuff because I had already bought everything.”
Following suit, Jennalea approached birth with research. She went into labour with breathing techniques mastered and a detailed, intervention-free birth plan: water birth, drug-free, skin-to-skin, breast crawl. Because birth is never straight-forward, complications meant that after 58-hours of intense contractions, Ollie was delivered via C-section. “It wasn’t the beautiful birth I had hoped for, planned for and wanted so desperately, but it was still the best day of my life. Holding my beautiful boy in my arms - nothing compares,” shared Jennalea.
Breastfeeding was also a very different experience to what Jennalea had expected. Being an advocate for breastfeeding in any way or form, she had planned to breastfeed exclusively but complications, inadequate expert advice and fate found them navigating formula.
With birth and new parenting turning out a little differently to how this mum had planned, there are a few things Jennalea would have done to prepare differently. If she had her time again, she’d have a “just in case” tin of infant formula in the cupboard, she’d hesitate less on going with her gut and put a few more MVPs on her gift registry.
Ahead, how Jennalea would redo her registry.