Friday, April 29, 2016

Preparing for Baby Boy #2

Hi there!

I woke up at 5:30 this morning ready to start the day.  That never happens.  The big cozy chair that takes up half the nursery arrived this week.  I decided to test it out so I'm relaxing in the chair and thinking about baby boy that will be here come summer.  Also, I don't want to wake up my husband this early and if my dog knows I'm up and about he'll want to get outside.

Preparing for baby #2 is an entirely different experience.  There is less and more to think about at the same time.  For example, I feel much more prepared in the “stuff” department.  We know what the basics are that we need.  There are a few items I want to purchase this time around (or already have) either because we need a new version of that something or I want to try a new product.  I want to buy a baby sling because while I do really like the baby carriers we own, I’m anticipating needing something like a sling for the first few months.  In another way I have more to think about because Sage is in the picture.  He’s still my baby and the family dynamic will certainly be changing.  We are so excited for the change, but nevertheless it is still a change.

My brain is focused on being able to manage a toddler and a baby this time around and quite frankly that changes my entire mindset.  I’m not sure I left our couch much at all the first month with Sage.  I’d feed him, he’d nap in my arms, and we’d do it all again.  I know I ate and showered so I suppose I did get up sometimes.  Sage had reflux and feeding him was a process in the beginning.  He had to be held upright for 30 minutes after every feeding and for the first two weeks feedings were every two hours.  I know with Sage in the picture that I will not (and cannot) be glued to the couch with baby boy.  My husband will be around to help, but I know I’ll want to be there for Sage as well.  I’m not sure what the balance will look like, but it is certainly on my mind.

I still want to buy a few new bottles to start fresh, I’m wondering if I need any new pump parts, and we still need to stock up on baby essentials (disposable diapers for the first month, wipes, soap for bath time, etc.).  From there I think we may need a few more cloth diapers as well as I’m not sure when potty training is going to happen for Sage.  He’ll be almost two when baby boy #2 arrives so I’m planning on some time when both are in diapers.  Even though I’ve done the whole baby thing, and not that long ago, it still feels like a while ago in some ways.  It’s amazing how quickly they go from baby to toddler.  Life with Sage at 21 months old is so different than the baby days.  We have got bedtime down to a science and then we greet him come morning around 7 o’clock.  Basically by 8 o’clock each night my husband and I have the night to ourselves.  I know this will be something that most certainly changes at least in the early days with baby boy.

Because I like to feel like I’m being productive, I’m reading Moms on Call Guide to Basic Baby Care.  I never came across this book when Sage was a baby, but I’m so happy to have found it now.  A lot of the information is a complete refresher at this point, but it is a great resource.  The authors are moms who are also pediatric nurses.  The book cost $10 on my Kindle app on my phone and I’m really enjoying making my way through it.  I know I’ll refer back to it numerous times in the first six months with baby boy.

I’m relaxed right now, but I’m definitely entering nesting mode.  Every week we get a few more things in order making me feel more and more ready for baby boy.

One thing is for sure though, we already love you so much baby boy and can’t wait to meet you! 


  1. You are so much more prepared for Baby #2 than I was! I left everything to the last minute and then he was 3 weeks early!
    I agree that a sling or wrap is really helpful. I had an Ergo for my daughter but picked up a Baby K'Tan for my son that I used a lot - Lower profile for wearing around the house.
    The first month with the 2nd baby definitely looks different! I didn't leave the couch much with the 1st either. But it so special seeing the kids together. :-)

  2. Love these thoughts because I feel I may be in the same boat with the age differences of Claire and our second child. It's so hard to wrap my mind around two that little and all that the newborn stage entails with a wild toddler running around!

    I also think I want different baby carrier next time around. I did next to no research the first time and just got whatever was popular. I hate our Ergo because it's too hot and Claire just isn't comfy in it. I have a wrap that I love but I got it when Claire was 6 months so we never really used it. I'd love to get a ring sling next time because those look so comfy for both mom and baby! Let me know what you end up getting.