Prepping Baby #1 For Baby #2
It’s funny how my pregnancy concerns have changed this go ’round. We’ve got all the stuff and this time I know that I’ll really only need about 30% of the stuff. This time, I’m mostly worried about Baby #1.
Oh, my sweet little boy. He really is sweet…most of the time. But like most of you, I have spent every minute of his life catering to his every need. Some days I wonder why I was in such a hurry for him to say “Mommmmmaaaaaa” because now he says it over and over and louder and louder until either I come to his rescue, or he gives up to come find me. Times like these make me get a little panicky. I start to envision me nursing a newborn while also trying to get his cars that have rolled under the couch for the hundredth time that day.
He is almost 26-months-old and not really showing signs that potty training is on his radar. He is, however, getting very annoyed that “Mommmmaaaaa” has to interrupt story time to pee constantly. I get his point. It’s annoying to me, too. Wouldn’t it be nice if I could get him potty trained before the baby gets here? *sigh*
I’ve mentioned that he sleeps with us, right? Which I love, by the way. He’s a snuggler and 90% of the time, it’s not a problem (I better throw in 75% in his father’s case). My concern is that with the baby coming, will all the middle of the night time feeding effect his sleeping? I know that I’ll be a sleep-deprived zombie, but I can’t throw a sleep-deprived toddler into that mix. I’d love to hear some feedback from anyone who has experience with this.
I want to prepare him for what’s going to happen as much as you can prepare a 2-year-old.
So far, in my reading, I’ve learned that it’s important to not change up his schedule too much. Even though I’ll be home with the baby, he should continue on with his current MDO schedule, gymnastics, bedtime, etc. Obviously things are going to change, but as with all parenting to-dos, consistency is key.
I got him a baby doll after taking a mental note of Natural Mom’s article from last August. He’s very sweet with it…most of the time.
I’ve also heard that it can be frightening for children to see their mommmaaas in the hospital bed, so I plan to take him to this Sibling Family Tour at St. John’s (where I’ll be delivering).
If you know of any other classes or helpful tips for preparing a future big brother. I’d love to hear it!