I’ve got so much on my mind as we prepare for baby girl to make her arrival in October. I waiver daily between feeling like it is so far away, and feeling like October is tomorrow, and we must have everything done right away! Getting ready for baby #2 has been so different than the first time…many of the motions are the same, but the thought process couldn’t be more different. I thought I’d share what is on my mental to-do list these days…both for the sake of having a written list for myself, and who knows, some of you may be in the same boat!
create room for baby girl
We live in a fairly small house with 4 bedrooms. After our bedroom, Corinne’s, and a small office, the 4th bedroom naturally became that dreaded room where you just put stuff. It was intended to be a guest room, and there was indeed a bed in it, but there was no way any guests could sleep there. We’ve been in the process of cleaning out this room to be baby girl’s nursery. This has involved relocating items to other parts of the house, countless trips to Goodwill, selling the bed, and slowly bringing in our baby things. Whew! Truth be told, this room should have been cleaned out years ago, so it feels great to have this done. Slowly but surely, the room is containing only baby furniture and items, and it’s so exciting to see a 2nd nursery taking shape!
assess all our baby items
It feels great to know we have all our gear and clothes from Corinne to use for baby girl #2. As we’ve cleaned out the nursery, I’ve been able to open boxes from the attic and assess what we’ve got and what we need. I feel very lucky that we don’t need very much at all, especially since we are having another girl. I think we will definitely still need some clothes since the girls will be born in opposite seasons, but many things will also overlap just fine. Another post coming soon on my favorite newborn/baby items, and the few things we have on our wish list!
prepare my mind
It has felt odd that I’ve done far less studying with this pregnancy. With my first pregnancy, I wanted to know everything that was happening week-by-week with my growing baby, and what we should know when she arrived. These days, I just kind of go with the flow and trust what I know from the first time. I did find my journal from pregnancy #1, and it was fun to compare the weeks on the baby’s weight, my weight (ok, that part wasn’t so fun), and what I was feeling last time. We do have a lot still to figure out – life with two, managing Corinne’s emotions as her life changes, managing Corinne’s schedule when I’m on maternity leave – but for the most part, I am just excited. Excited to grow our family, and spend my maternity leave hyper-focused on our family.
I’ll always remember that moment when we learned we were pregnant again. First, was the overwhelming joy of what we had wanted for so long coming true. Second, came a tiny stab of sadness as I knew Corinne’s world was changing forever. I’m so excited to watch her become a big sister, but I’m also trying desperately to enjoy our now, because my time with her will soon change. Likewise, I know date nights and quality solo time with Brian will get tougher as we navigate life with a 3-year-old and newborn. My goal for the summer is to manage our to-do list, but also have some fun as a family of three, and as a couple!
If any experienced mamas of 2 or more have any tips or ideas for navigating these fun and changing times, I’d love to hear them. I know October will be here before we know it!