I’m 35 weeks pregnant now. If all goes well, I should have at least 5 more weeks to go. Currently, we have a couple of outfits that people have given us, a newborn stash of cloth diapers from Melissa, and several review products for newborns and new moms. That’s pretty much all that what we have prepared for Lily’s arrival. So far.
Abby has gone through several adjustments, too. She was night-weaned fairly early on in the pregnancy because I needed sleep. Desperately. Then I officially weaned her one day after Le Leche League because I couldn’t handle the long nursing session and she couldn’t handle me stopping it. She hasn’t nursed since.
There’s one place, though, where Abby hasn’t given Lily room yet. Our bed.
We usually co-sleep for at least part of the night or early morning. It’s rare for Abby to sleep on her floor bed all night long. If she’s sick, she tends to be in our bed for most or all of the night, which can make some hard nights for this pregnant mama. Thankfully, my husband get up to help her fall back to sleep in her own bed when he can. Because once she comes into our bed, it’s cuddle-with-Mama time.
Now, when Lily comes, she will be in the bassinet we used with Abby for at least the first few months. We may try using the crib beside the bed instead, but she won’t be in our bed for a while. I’m hoping that Abby will be out of our bed before Lily starts making her way between my husband and me. Because our queen-sized bed does not allow for a family bed. At least if my husband or I want to actually sleep!
We still have 5 weeks or so left for the other stuff. For cleaning the bassinet, washing Abby’s newborn hand-me-downs, and prepping diapers. For packing for the hospital and nesting. For preparing freezer meals, too. To finish making room for Lily. Well, at least in the rest of the house.
What was the most challenging part of adding another child to your family? If you have only one child, what was the most challenging part of preparing for his or her arrival?