Recently, I got completely addicted to the show Call the Midwife. I had intended to do a whole ‘Addicted To’ post about it, but I gobbled it up so fast on NetFlix that my internet provider didn’t see it coming! So I thought it would be fun, instead, to combine it with a few other baby-related things.
This show was one that has been on my radar ever since I fell in love with shows like Doctor Who and Downton Abbey. The British just know how to make darn good television! Call The Midwife is a show about being a midwife in east London in the 1950s and I love everything about it. The characters are all one of a kind — some that I wasn’t sure of turned out to be favourites — and even though they threw a wrench at me at the end of series 3, I can’t wait to continue watching.
What’s crazy to me about this show is how it depicts children of the 1950s. Babies left in prams outside of the clinic, parked like cars, not even watched over in the street? Leaving your baby out on the front step, all by themselves, to get some fresh air? It’s just nuts! These days, we watch our children like hawks … I found myself shaking my head quite a few times at how bizarre it all was.
What’s also crazy is all the births! If you’re a squeamish person, it might make you squirm a bit in your seat to watch. I mean, when I took prenatal classes before having my boy, I had to leave the room because I was having a panic attack over the videos they were showing. Surprisingly, I took the births in this show quite well. Maybe it’s the calm and encouraging demeaner of the midwives? Perhaps. They definitely gave me an eye opening on the whole birthing experience. Although, I’m still pretty sure I wouldn’t be having a baby in my own bed. There’s comfort in having a child at home, I can see, but there’s also comfort in knowing that help is at the hospital in case there are any issues.
Jenny Lee is my favourite character of the series. I loved seeing her come to the abbey a little unsure of what was to come. Chummy is also such a great character! And the nuns! It’s so fun to see the contrast between the midwives and the nuns and how they’re both so different but how they also compliment one another. I found that they both taught each other certain things, too.
Unfortunately, I’ll have to wait a bit for the next season to come onto NetFlix, but I’m sure once it’s there, I’ll gobble it up as fast as I can! I can’t wait to see what’s in store for my favourite characters! And if you haven’t watched this show, but plan to, have kleenex on hand! I cry during pretty much every single episode, sometimes multiple times. It can be both beautiful and heartbreaking. Highly recommended!
The boy and I were recently in the bookstore and I ended up buying the first book in the trilogy this show is based on (the memoirs of Jennifer Worth). I can’t wait to read it! I’m sure it will help me tide over my craving until the new episodes are available.
Meanwhile, before Christmas my cousin had her first baby. Unfortunately, she doesn’t live close to us, so I still haven’t gotten to see him, but I’m hoping we can make it out one of these days as a nice family vacation!
While it’s always nice to get a gift, it’s extra nice — I think — to get a handmade gift. When the baby came and we knew it was a boy, I ran out and got some yarn and started making a baby blanket to mail out to the new little one. Blankets, I’ve learned, are such a great thing to get after having a child because you use them for everything. We rotate crocheted blankets in the bed during naptime, and his other ones are downstairs for cuddles on the couch after naps, or when he’s not feeling good.
This blanket took about 4 weeks to whip up — not doing it every day and sometimes not getting very far when I did have time to sit down! — but I think it’s gorgeous. I love the simplicity of a granny square blanket and I hope the boy loves it as much as I do!
If you want to make your own, the pattern is from Daisy Cottage Designs. It’s originally for a lovey, but I just kept going until I used almost 3 full skeins of yarn to make a larger blanket. Perfect for cuddles and naps! We also included a book by one of our favourite authors, Oliver Jeffers, which would be a great bedtime read.
And of course I couldn’t forget about the new mom! When I tried to think of something to send, I automatically thought of tea, but then I thought why not something so mom can pamper herself? I so whipped up a set of three washcloths and some of Steeped Tea’s yummy Sleeping Beauty soap.
This is not only great for new moms, but it would also make a great quick gift for a babysitter or friend on their birthday! This pattern is courtesy of Creative Jewish Mom and I LOVE it. So quick to whip up!
And last, but not least, a little bit of news over here at Reading In Winter … I’m expecting baby #2! This one will be a summer baby, but hopefully they’ll inherit their mom’s love of winter. All I can say is that we’re very excited … and the house is going to get a whole lot busier!
Have you fallen in love with a TV show lately? What are your thoughts on homemade gifts?