Look what I found! It’s my Baby Book, the band at the bottom of the page was put around my tiny wrist when I was born and says ‘Baby Dinnis’.
I carefully opened it, and saw Mum and Dad had filled it in. The first page tells how I was born on Monday May 5th 1958 at 12.30pm. This momentous event occurred at Buckingham Road Maternity Hospital in Brighton.
Next we have some important measurements and identification marks. I weighed in at 7lbs 11oz with fair hair, a fair complexion and blue eyes. I had two birth marks.
The following page tells who sent congratulations to my parents. Mum, Mum & Dad, Bob, Mabel & Dave, Rita & Peter, Nancy, Bert, Susan & Ian, Ron & Margaret, ‘The Aunts’ Olive, Rose, Edie & Grace, Ann, John & Susan, Ray, Keith & Colin and Mr & Mrs Fitchett.
These included: 2 shawls, matinee coats, vests, bootees, bed cover, sheets, money, sleeping bag, egg cup and spoon, teething ring, bracelet, animals, rattles, frocks, nightees, pillow cases, chair, dolly, cardigan, carry cot, pram covers, bath and shoes. I am presuming the ‘animals’ were soft toys.
Other ‘firsts’ are recorded – I cut my first tooth on the 23rd of September 1958 and took my first steps in April 1959.
The next page is entitled First Haircut.
Tucked safely inside the pages, is a little curl of hair. Imagine that – mum and dad carefully kept my first curl, and it’s still there after all this time.