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How I'm Preparing for Baby #3
My due date is just 6 weeks away. As ready as I am to be done with pregnancy and meet my new little love, I’m a little bit anxious to see what being a mama of 3 is like. My oldest is just 3 years old, so my hands will be full, both literally and metaphorically. I’ve gotten great advice from other moms of many, but it’s still hard to know what life will be like with a 3 year-old, a toddler, and a newborn. Here are a few things I’m doing to get ready for this big transition for our family…
- Our big girls are sharing a room – To prepare them (and to make room) for the new baby, we moved our girls into the same room. So far, the transition has been great!
- I’ve been organizing all of the hand-me-downs so that everything is ready when she arrives. (Of course, we’re spoiling her with just a few things to call her own.)
- I’m collecting advice from as many mamas I know who’ve had a natural birth in a hospital. The more prepared I am, the better.
- I’m planning on babywearing again. Even with just 2 kiddos, this was a life-saver so I know it will be with 3 kiddos in tow, as well.
- I’m reminding myself how much I loved breastfeeding. With 2 older girls, breastfeeding will certainly be easier than measuring formula and making bottles.
- We have been freezing all of our leftovers so that when baby girl comes, we have a freezer full of soups, stews, muffins, and other things to eat.
- We have come up with several plans for when it’s time to go to the hospital. We live 30 minutes away and need to hand off our girls to someone, too.
- Our arts & crafts supply is fully stocked, so that we never run out of things to do. With a newborn, I’m going to need the older girls to be a bit more independent.
- I’ve lined up a once-a-week babysitter so that the older girls can get out of the house and so that I can get some one-on-one time with my new baby.
- My husband and I have a few dates planned (and even a weekend at home without our kids!) so that we can have some alone time before life with a newborn arrives.