I spent my morning at the hospital today for a variety of pregnancy related tests & injections. One of the things they were testing for was Gestational Diabetes and I thought having been given very little information in the lead up about what to expect […]
Category: Pregnancy #2
It’s official, I’ve reached the third trimester and while in the most part I’ve eased my way through this pregnancy I’m really starting to flag a bit now. I feel every day of 29 weeks pregnant and with 11 more weeks to go until due […]
Now that we are past that half way mark, I have been thinking a lot more about how we are going to prepare Florence for becoming a big sister. With time speeding by and the next few months being busy with all sorts of events and festivities his arrival is going to come around quicker than we think and so over the next few months my focus really has to be on preparing her for that.
Making routine changes now rather than later
Florence has always been pretty routine led. She is a bit of a creature of habit and doesn’t really cope well when things go out of sync. Obviously certain elements of our day to day will have to change once baby arrives and to avoid it being such a huge shock to the system we have started to tweak a few things here and there already. We made some significant changes to bedtime a little while ago which have since gone awry due to it being quite a busy time here, but as of next week everything should go back to normal. With any luck we will have cracked bedtime again soon and our evenings will be newborn ready!
Things like setting aside times each day for independent and one to one play are also on our routine agenda. I’m going to try and match these up with standard feed & nap times for baby so that Florence gets a feel for our soon to be daily rhythm.
Enlisting her help
She’s starting to understand and carry out simple instructions now for example she will go and get a nappy out of the box when asked which once baby is here she’ll be able to do for him when it comes to nappy change time and will not only help her feel more involved but it’ll help me no end when I have my hands full.
Reading lots of books about babies
I’ve ordered a bunch of books for Florence all about being a big sister and babies. She loves stories and sitting down to read together and I think this is a great way to help her build a bit more of an understanding of her new role as a big sister as well as reassuring her that Mummy & Daddy still love her just as much.
Making babies just a regular thing
So, obviously Florence isn’t exactly used to babies – she’s only just grown from baby to toddler herself! – so the whole concept is a bit alien to her I would imagine. Making sure she had the opportunity to be around babies and is invited to interact with them is really going to help her build a bit of an understanding of how to behave around them. She has a baby cousin and her godparents have just recently had a little boy so we are just encouraging her to interact with them as much as we can. So far, shes been so good and doesn’t even blink when I have them on my lap and she’s definitely intrigued by them… so long as they don’t touch her she’s fine!
Including her when choosing things for baby
When we get nearer to the time, we are going to go out for a bit of a treat day when we have cake for breakfast in our favourite café and then hit the shops. I plan to get her to choose a couple of things to buy for the baby and then also choose a few things for herself. Involving her in the whole buying process, I hope will help her take a little pride in the things she chooses for her brother.
Talking openly about baby
So she might not completely understand what we’re going on about but I make a conscious effort to at least mention the baby to her a couple of times a day. Simple things like “I think the baby will like doing this when he comes.” and “ooo the baby is wriggling around in Mama’s tummy” are just gently ways of introducing him to her world. With any luck, she’ll be able to make a loose connection to my rambling when he actually arrives.
Putting together a Big Sister Basket
I’ll be putting a little big sister basket together for when baby actually arrives filled with some of Florence’s favourite treats & activities. This will also double up as a bit of a busy box for her to turn to when I’m feeding or settling the new baby.
Florence has suddenly taken a real liking to dollies and teddy bears and tries to dress them, feed them and wanders around the house with them in her toy pram making sure they’re all tucked in to their blankets. It’s very cute! I love how loving she is to her dolly and it gives me some confidence that actually she’s going to cope just fine! We’ve put a request in to Santa Claus to bring her a new baby and some bits for him and I think she’s going to love it!
Those are the steps we are taking to prepare our toddler for her new sibling. Fingers crossed by the time February comes she’ll be as prepared as she can be for her new role as big sister.
This last fortnight has been a super busy one. As well as the usual day to day madness raising a toddler brings I have been busy work wise too – a wedding I’ve been working on for the last few months came around so I […]
We have finally arrived in chunky knit season – officially my favourite time of year! I mentioned in my post last week that I have been on the hunt for some new maternity clothes to see me through Autumn & Winter and I’ve recently teamed […]
Hello 24 weeks! Today I’m 24 weeks pregnant which means we’ve made it to viability – such a huge milestone in every pregnancy. We are officially counting down rather than up now and there’s only 16 weeks to go!
Other than tired beyond belief – more on that below – I am feeling every day of 24 weeks pregnant at the moment. I seem to be growing at warp speed (as everyone keeps reminding me) at the moment and I think it’s having an effect on everything else too. SPD & a trapped sciatic nerve are making it really difficult to sit or lay comfortably and I’m waddling around wherever I go. I also get really full really quickly and so tend to now eat little and often rather than big meals which is in turn helping relieve the heartburn and reflux.
Oh so tired
Everyone always tells you how tired you’ll be when the new baby arrives. What they don’t tell you is that, from experience, it is nothing compared to the exhaustion pregnancy brings. Growing a baby takes a huge toll on your body and often, by 5pm I could happily go to bed for the night. Of course, the addition of raising a toddler (who has once again decided that sleep is for wimps) means that there’s no early bedtimes for me and instead my days are finishing at 11pm and starting at just after 5am with a whole lot of running around in between. It’s safe to say I’m in Mombie status right now.
Feeling a bit fragile
All these extra hormones are leaving me feel quite fragile at the moment and things that wouldn’t usually bother me are getting to me a bit. I’m having to remind myself that it’s impossible to please everyone and not to let things get on top of me.
How will we all fit?
While I’m definitely in countdown mode to meet this little one, one of the things that’s really been playing on my mind is how it’s all going to work with our current living arrangements. If you didn’t already know, we’re staying with my Mum at the moment while we save for a mortgage deposit and we’ve had to condense our two bedroom house into two rooms. I’m more than aware that our belongings are spilling out of our two rooms and slowly taking over their house and I’m seriously starting to wonder how another person and all of his things is going to fit. Of course, everyone knew this would . I’m feeling more and more guilty and anxious over it as time goes on.
Baby buys & wins
On a lighter, more exciting note I made some exciting baby purchases at the Baby Show and I even won a couple of instagram competitions too! We have a new bedside crib for the baby which I won through a competition with Channel Mum & Mini Maison, a bunch of goodies from the Gro Company, a NodPod and a few clothes and nappies etc too.
What’s Baby Up to?
According to Baby Centre, baby is now the size of an ear of corn which is actually quite big. That explains all the strong kicks and rolls I can feel non stop. His brain is growing and developing quickly now and his face is fully formed complete with eyebrows and lashes. His lungs can now breathe air as they’re maturing a lot quicker now and he can now hear my voice and other sounds which he’ll apparently soon start to respond to. All in all, a pretty busy fortnight for baby.
What a busy fortnight it has been! We had our 20 week scan and announced that we are indeed having a boy! I’ve had so many lovely comments and messages about our gender reveal so I thought I would take this opportunity to say a […]
So if you didn’t already see, I published our gender reveal at the weekend. I did a lot of planning and put a lot of thought into how we were going to announce our news but as things go, it all went a bit pear […]