It's no secret - I love babies!
It was wonderful to hear of the safe arrival of Simon and Natalie Bridges' baby girl just prior to Christmas, followed by the announcement that our PM Jacinda Ardern is expecting her first child in June.
Jacinda will make a great mum.
She is kind, caring and patient - all qualities she has shown me during my first few months as a new MP.
Babies are an important part of life and it is great to see the new babies of two of my fellow MPs being welcomed at parliament so that their mothers can bond with them during those crucial first months
In true Kiwi style, many have already picked up the knitting needles. Heather McCracken, a Kiwi woman living in the US, has started #KnitforJacinda and has asked people to donate their knitted items to Kidz First Hospital at Auckland's Middlemore Hospital.
Retailer Spotlight has also jumped on board. Aren't Kiwis great?
Jacinda is delighted that people want to knit for her baby.
She sees it as a great opportunity to provide for babies in need and has asked knitters to send her a photo of their donated items.
From March 1 you can drop items into my Tauranga office at 1356 Cameron Road, and I will ensure that they get to needy local babies and their families and that Jacinda gets a photo of all donated items.