I’ve been really excited for Easter for a while now. Mainly because we’ve always told Bill that his sister will come when the baby lambs and the baby chicks do. And Easter is really a time that signifies all of that. I’m not expecting a baby daughter that soon, by any means (as I’ve not started maternity leave yet and won’t be doing until I’m 37 weeks and three days!) but I feel like we’re getting to the exciting part of the year that I’ve been dreaming of, ever since I saw the positive line come up on that first pregnancy test.
With all of this in mind, I want to make the most of our last Easter together as a family of three. I’ve really been emotional about the changes coming our way and I feel like I’m caught in the middle of a great past and a great future.
One thing I am doing this year is making Bill an Easter Basket, as I did last year. With being so pregnant, I’m not sure whether I’ll get round to taking nice photographs and sharing what’s inside it. So here are a few of my ideas for this year’s basket, which are all on their way as I type!
The first thing I like to do is include some sort of Easter crafts or activities. Obviously Easter is about chocolate too, but when you have a three year-old, you’re also wary of the sugar buzz that they are going to get as well. One of the best places I’ve found for reasonably priced Easter bits is The Works. They have so many things right now from Easter bonnets, soft toys and craft sets, as well as books.
I’ve picked up a few bits to make our long weekend a bit more fun, and crafts are still something I can do with Bill, despite my huge bump.
I’ll ask be adding some sweets, like The Bassetts Jelly Babies Bunnies, and a Kinder Egg (Bill loves them and they fit the theme perfectly). I’m going to pick up his egg today, and I think I’ll probably go for the Milky Buttons one with the cow, as if you know my son, you’ll know that he’s all about the farm animals.
I also do a bit of a sneaky thing and collect up all his old Easter books and include those too. At his age, he doesn’t notice old and new books so much, and it’s a great way of making this time exciting without spending any extra money. We have a Peppa Pig one and a Thomas the Tank one already, and we’ve added Where’s the Easter Bunny to our collection this year. And my auntie has bought Bill a lovely Easter sticker book too. I’ve also ordered a few of those tiny fluffy chicks you can find everywhere at this time of year. And my mum has told me that there’s a stuffed Easter Cow in Waitrose that I need to check out.
So that’s the ins and outs of what he’ll be getting this year. I’ll also do an Easter Egg hunt for him, as usually we have one at my grandparents’ but I’m not sure on the plans this year yet. And we’ll probably have dippy eggs for breakfast, and make Easter nests with leftover chocolate eggs and some Rice Krispies or Frosties.
If you’re curious, you can watch my video that shares everything that was in Bill’s Easter basket last year too, for some extra inspiration.
What do you do for Easter with your littles?