Just poppinâ€™ in on a Sunday to say hello and share some thoughts from my weekend!
The theme of this weekend has been â€œgetting ready.â€ Countdown to Little One is ON. When I found out I was pregnant in the spring, I thought forward to autumn and the holiday season and felt like it was so, so far away. But as the leaves in my front yard change colorsâ€¦
â€¦I realize that our second baby will be here before I know it.
More than anything, we are really, really excited. I have asked so many people if they thought going from 0 â€“ 1 children or 1 â€“ 2 children was harder, and opinions are so mixed. I think (and hope) that I am going to find 1 â€“ 2 a lot easier than 0 â€“ 1. The lifestyle shift when we welcomed our first kiddo was so huge, but the arrival of this one just feels likeâ€¦ our family is becoming complete. Does that make sense? But thereâ€™s still a lot to do to prepare for the inevitable craziness of two!
On Thursday night, I was flipping through my date book and realized that I was running out of time to complete my â€œdeclutter and organizeâ€ goals. So I peeled myself off the couch and tackled the attic and the babyâ€™s room.
It doesnâ€™t look much more organized, but trust me â€“ it is! All our baby gear (swing, pillow, infant car seat) has been pulled out of storage.
Newborn to 3 month clothes are in drawersâ€¦
And little baby diapers are unpacked! Gaaaaah so tiny.
I also bought Little One his or her first â€œnewâ€ outfit (kiddo is going to mostly live in hand-me-downs regardless of sex!). I canâ€™t believe I made it to 33 weeks without buying anything, but thatâ€™s what not knowing the sex gets you! I bought Henry and baby some Christmas jammies. I definitely had an OMG moment at the register.
On Saturday, Kristien and I went to a Bradley Method course refresher. Now THAT was an OMG moment! ;-) The class was actually really helpful. I would highly prefer a shorter push time with this baby, and I think I made some tactical errors that elongated the process with Henry. My goals for Little Oneâ€™s birth include: actually pushing in different positions (instead of just a variety of back positions) and not being so vocal/scream-y during pushing (I think I wasted a lot of energy).
Iâ€™m sure most second-time moms donâ€™t feel the need to drag out all the old birthing/newborn booksâ€¦ but I do! Reading really helps focus my mental energy â€“ so I have a ton of reading to do. Especially the birth books. I really donâ€™t want to â€˜wingâ€™ this babyâ€™s birth; I feel like I had an overall positive experience with Henry because I was preparedâ€¦ I donâ€™t feel prepared (yet!) this time around. But I will!
And last â€“ but not least â€“ I had an epic 1.5 hour prenatal massage. Thank you, Husband! It was an awesome surprise.
So â€“ that was my weekend. Very baby-focused. But fun and exciting, too!
What did you focus on this weekend?