We just found out a few weeks ago that we’ll be having a baby boy and I’m finally starting to get used to the idea. It’s not that I didn’t want a little boy, but I had just gotten so used to being a mother to a little girl, that it’s taken a bit of time to adjust to the idea. Now that I have though, I’m starting to get excited. The other day I stumbled upon some old photos of my brother and I and it was seriously like getting a peek into my future as a mother to a big sister and a little brother.
Bedtime struggles are sort of like a parenting rite of passage. Some kids are better sleepers than others, but at some point or another you’re going to have challenges. This is why bed time routines can be so helpful – especially when you start them from an early age. These routines can be especially helpful during times of transition such as when you are weaning, or when you are moving your baby into a toddler bed. Our daughter just turned two a couple of weeks ago, and we rarely have bedtime troubles anymore, so I thought I’d share our night time routine in the hopes that it might be helpful for some of you.
I am currently 22 weeks pregnant and let me tell you: second pregnancies are definitely a little bit different. When I was pregnant with my daughter I thought about her all the time. I read books about pregnancy and fetal development and always knew exactly what was going on in there (at least according to the weekly projections). I also talked about being pregnant all the time and spent my free-time preparing for her arrival by getting her nursery ready and stocking up on baby supplies. This time around? I’m chasing a toddler and so tired that I honestly go the majority of most days not even remembering I’m pregnant. I want to bond with this baby too though. And even though we’re still going to have to get to know one another once he arrives, I don’t want us to feel like complete and total strangers. So, I’m working on being more proactive about bonding with Baby #2 and here are a few things I’m doing…
It is no secret that I LOVE Disneyland. I was never that into it before taking my daughter for the first time (she was 15 months old), but that trip ignited the magic, and I’m pretty sure I will be a full-fledged Disneyland lover for the rest of my days. So far, my daughter has been to Disneyland twice and Disney World once. We just got back from Disneyland trip number two a couple of weeks ago, and I definitely learned a few new tips and tricks for making the most of Disney with a toddler — so I thought I’d share them here! (Oh, and just a full disclosure lest you think I’m just a walking, talking Disneyland advertisement…Disney did not send us on this trip. It was a Christmas present from my parents who totally spoiled us.)