Last weekend, Diana attended her first formal dress event, a wedding in London. And I'm proud to say she was most definitely the centre of attention and stole the show from the bride. Which was perfectly fine with the bride, who happened to be me.
I was originally meant to get married on 4 September, 2010 after my boyfriend proposed last August on a trip to New York. But obviously Diana had other plans for us.Since she was due on 9 August it made sense to postpone the big event until after her birth, considering I was vomiting and/or collapsing with exhaustion throughout my pregnancy and I would have been the bride who spent her wedding day in a heap on the bathroom floor (without having had a drink to show for it).
If I thought that waiting until after my baby was born would make me want to concentrate on the minutiae of planning a wedding, I was deluded. But actually, my laissez-faire attitude (I didn't know what the flowers would look like until I showed up on the day, to give an example) took a lot of the pressure off the big event and ultimately made everything more relaxing and enjoyable.I wasn't so focused on being the "perfect" bride: a bridal bootcamp is pretty much out of the question when the bride in question is breastfeeding, while stressing about a flawless complexion seemed like a waste of time when I was inevitably going to be covered in spittle and leaking onto my tulle dress.
As for Baby Diana, she had her celebrity moment as 120 guests snapped her photo, passed her around and cooed at her into the night. Despite the attention from all of the strangers, Diana was her usual contented and smiling self.And she wasn't the worst behaved guest either - the copious champagne on offer pre-dinner caused more than one embarrassing exit among the males in attendance, and one of them ended up redecorating the carpet outside the dance floor (Baby D even got through the day without pooing on her clothes or spitting up).
As for Diana, she slept all day for the next few days from post-wedding exhaustion. Which means that she's been up every hour throughout the night since.Read previous instalments of The Newborn Diaries here.