Between being forever sick and very pregnant over here, I’ve been pretty MIA when it comes to being online. I have been really distracted lately and having a hard time focusing on any one thing – pregnant mom brain, y’all! But my due date is only getting closer, so I thought I’d try to inspire myself by sharing what I have done and hope to do to prepare for baby #2.
I don’t consider myself a veteran mom by any means, so most of these preparations are just specific to what works with our family. But maybe some other moms will find this useful too.
Preparing Big Sister
This is first and foremost the biggest thing we are preparing for when it comes to another baby. It seems backwards to me to at times since preparing Claire technically has nothing to actually do with the new baby herself. But I want to set us up for success as a family. Claire is already here and takes up all my time and attention. How she does when the new baby comes certainly will impact the new baby, so it’s pretty high up on my priorities.
So far, here is what we have already done or plan to do with Claire:
- Emphasize Claire as “Big Sister.” We’ve gotten her some big sister books, talked to her a lot about babies, the baby in my tummy, “where is the baby?” and things like that. Do I think she gets most of this at her age? Not really, but I still think it’s important to talk about it as if she does.
- Move her out of her room and into a big girl bed. We already did this at the very beginning of the year and so far it’s gone great. A lot of people seem to feel very strongly one way or the other about moving rooms/beds. I personally did not want two cribs around and wanted to make sure Claire never felt like she was getting kicked out of her crib or room, so we moved her far in advance. She loves her new room and has had no issues with her new bed. She has had her sleep regress some recently, but it was long after the move to the bed so I don’t think it was related to the bed/room change.
- Attempt to start potty training. We just started this last week and I’m happy to say it’s actually going pretty well. I will admit this is something that totally stressed me out to try to do before the baby arrives. But I use cloth diapers. I don’t have enough to cloth diaper both kids, so if I can get Claire out of diapers before the baby, it would be a huge cost savings. It’s not convenient to potty train while I’m in the third trimester, but it won’t be any more convenient when we have a newborn either! I’ll definitely share more about our potty training experience soon.
- Deep clean the nursery. There’s some serious dust bunnies in there!
- Hang a shelf, her name letters on the wall, & other wall art
- Wash all bedding, blankets, & baby clothes
- Wash bottles & pump parts. I already got a new breast pump through insurance.
- Order anything else we need off our registry with registry completion from Target. Already did this but it was a NIGHTMARE and still need to make some returns/get price adjustments. My feelings about Target’s baby registry remain the same (if not worse) as last time.
- Strip & resize our cloth diapers
- Keep the house as clean as possible up until baby arrives. So far, the house has been spotless most days, which can I just say is super impressive considering I have an almost two year old tornado and I’m 34 weeks pregnant?!
- Make some freezer meals. Anyone have recommendations? I made some last time before C, but I wasn’t in super love with anything I made.
- Stock up on pantry staples & household goods like toilet paper, trash bags, etc.
- Pack my hospital bag & an overnight bag for Claire.
- Listen to Hypnobabies almost every night, just like I did last time to prepare for labor.
- Prepare all of Claire’s birthday stuff in advance since her birthday is only 9 days after my due date. We aren’t planning a party or anything big, but I did already order her a cake and a birthday dress.
- Officially announce maternity leave for my business. I’m at least taking all of April and probably most of May off.
- Do some things around the house like hang some picture frames for a gallery wall and prep/clean our guest room
In addition to all that, my husband is getting to take a bunch of vacation time off when this baby arrives, which I’m so thankful for. I’m definitely more nervous to be left alone with a newborn and a toddler this time around! My in-laws are also coming out for three weeks to help us, which is going to be a godsend! Between those two factors, I feel pretty confident I’ll get off to a good start in being a second time mom.
It’s hard to believe that in just 6-ish weeks, we will have a new baby!
I keep feeling like I may have her early, but I really have no idea and I’m sure most of that is just wishful thinking. Apparently my due date was also April 6th and I arrived on March 31st. It would be so cool if we shared birthdays! I can dream 😉
Questions for You:
- Second time moms: anything I’m missing? What did you do to prepare?
- Have you been hit with the plague sickness that everyone seems to have that isn’t going away?!