I have to admit, being pregnant with baby #2 and everything that comes along with it is completely different than the first time around. The first time around we watched 2 different videos every week about the baby’s growth progression… What to Expect when you’re Expecting and the Bump apps… and everything was about getting ready for the baby or doing things you wanted to do as a couple before the baby gets here. This time, there’s a HUGE difference.
When you’re chasing around a little toddler and keeping them entertained, it’s a bit harder to put as much focus on the one growing in your belly. There’s a constant distraction and as I call him “my boss” doesn’t really care if I’m a little tired, he just wants to play. So basically you’re keeping up the same pace and just hoping you can get some rest when you need it during his nap time.
So how are we preparing for another little one???
I’ve got about 4 weeks left, so it’s come down to crunch time. Here’s a few things we’re been doing to get ready:
- Thankfully we have all of the essentials that we already need. The first time you’re having multiple showers and so many generous friends help you stock up on what you will need for your little one, but the second time around you already have all of the above. Since we’re having a girl this time a sweet friend had a shower for us to get some cute clothes and maybe some other things we will need to of (i.e. sound machines, PB chairs).
- Preparing Ranger to become a big brother. Trying to explain to a 20 month old he’s going to be a big brother isn’t exactly a concept I expect him to grasp, BUT we’re been trying to prepare him. We’ve bought books about being a big brother, recorded his favorite shows that have a new baby coming home (Daniel Tiger has a great one) but I think the thing that has helped the most is the baby doll we bought him. I picked THIS one out that was easy for him to hold and that he could feed. We applause him when he gets his baby and loves on it and feeds it… it’s been so sweet to watch him nurture it. Either way, when Everly gets here, he will either treat her like his doll or he can feed his doll while I feed her. And we’ve also tried to expose him to other babies, and thankfully he really likes little babies.
- I’ve gotten a few things this time that I wish I had known about the first time.
- We did an upgrade on our carseat to the Cybex Cloud Q (read my review and why here)
- I purchased a Rock N Play this time, everyone had raved about them so we got them (HERE is the one we got)
- I ditched the traditional diaper bag and invested in a nice tote and have gone with the ToteSavvy this time! Game changer… I can switch it from bag to bag and even to a bag my husband won’t mind carrying and I won’t forget to transfer something! BOOM! And they come in 2 different sizes.
- We’ve got a new bottle type on hand. As much as I hope breast feeding works for us, it wasn’t quite the case with Ranger, so we’re prepared with our Dr. Brown’s bottles we used with Ranger, but we’ve also got some Chicco Natural Fit Bottles to try as well.
- We haven’t set up a “nursery” yet. When we were expecting Ranger, the first thing I dove in to preparing was the nursery. I couldn’t wait to get it all situated and everything perfect. But this time around, I’m well aware that we won’t need a nursery for a few months. Ranger slept in a mini crib in our room for a few months before we moved him up to his room. Knowing this, I’ve decided we will keep Ranger in his crib and nursery for now (he’s 23 months so he’s not quite ready for a big boy bed) to keep some normalcy for him and then when it’s time to move Everly upstairs in a few months, we will make him a big boy room. I’ll make the nursery more girly and then we can make a big deal about Ranger moving into a “Big Boy Room.” So I’ve been channeling my nesting instincts into other projects around the house for the time being.
- I’m stocking my freezer with some meals. I know the first time around this was a big help. People were so generous to bring us meal and we had a Meal Train set up, but it was good to have food on hand for the nights when there wasn’t someone bringing a meal by. I did learn that dinner was easy and if I really didn’t want to cook, Rusty could pick something up on the way home, what I didn’t anticipate was the lack of lunch options to have on hand. That being said, this time I’m make foods I like and freezing them in individual servings to that I can warm them up to eat quickly (or when I get the chance). Thankfully Ranger likes the things I do too so he will eat those as well! I’ll share some of my recipes in a later post as I prepare them in the next week.
Mommas who have multiple babies, what am I missing??? How did you prepare for the second or third baby??? What am I forgetting???