Monday, October 24, 2011

Little Girl's Arrival Prep

We're busy getting ready for the arrival of Little Girl Hartley. She's due to arrive sometime in December, but we're not taking any chances like we did with Elijah. I'm not saving all of my "to-dos" until my last month so I stay busy like I tried with Eli. Also, it takes me twice as long to do everything anyway with a toddler "helping".

Some things we've been working on:

We're stocked with newborn disposable diapers and we've got our cloth diapers ready to begin using once she turns 1 month old.

I made a big shopping trip with my mom during her last visit and we stock piled household goods, postpartum, and newborn care items.

My mom and I both have been stocking our freezers full of ready-to-heat-& -eat meals. We'll start soon making and freezing chilli, meatloaf, banana bread, breakfast casseroles, etc.

I had a great natural quick birth with Elijah, but had a long postpartum recovery. Frozen meals, my mom and good friends were our saving grace during that time. I don't know how we would have eaten otherwise.

We organized the upstairs baby room closet and we'll move the bassinet in our room sometime next month. She'll stay with us until she's 4 months old or so. Then we'll *try* Elijah and baby girl in a room together.

We've been to consignment events and clearance sales since the change in seasons and bought Little Girls clothes until she's 12m old! I'll be washing up her layette to 3m clothes next month.

Baby Girl's layette and blankets

Elijah and Little Girl's summer and beginning winter clothes for next year.

I'm making a car seat cover mostly for the fun of getting ready for a new baby rather than necessity. It and the infant car seat will go in the car mid November as well.

After much searching our Birth Team is finally assembled. We've got our hospital, midwife, and doula all ready to help welcome baby girl into the world.

You may notice she's being referred to as baby girl - we're not being coy or evasive; it's because she has no proper name and won't until birth. We're giving ourselves time to get to know her. We've got a list of possibles....a long list...that is revised often, but that's about it. We'll all just have to wait and see.

As far as big brother prep goes - I'm using one of my old baby dolls to help Eli learn the concept of gentle. I've started placing baby paraphernalia around the house. I also point out babies to him where ever we go (though, he could care less) and Rob and I are discussing how to handle any behavioral challenges that a new sibling could cause. We've decided extra snuggles and distraction is our first tactic.

He looks like a stellar big bro, right?

I was seriously stressed last month about ALL I had to do to get ready for her. But after my mom's visit earlier this month, I feel much more at ease. Next month, I'll wash up her clothes, pop her car seat in the car, put a few things in the freezer, and make her bed. Voila! And cue baby's arrival. It has been MUCH easier getting ready for baby #2 than baby #1. We have bought virtually nothing. I think all I've purchased is a cradle swing (would have killed for one with Eli) and I'm on my way this afternoon to pick up a Nose Frida from a local drug store. Ever heard of them? I've heard amazing things. Oh, I have picked up a few sewing projects for her, but they are all just for fun. This is in large part, though, due to generosity of grandparents. They've picked up a lot of stuff for us, including this beauty below!

1 comment:

  1. i love your earth mommy calm and organization. you make me feel calm and prepared. we have nose frida and they dont love it or just sit there calmly like i had hoped they would. and it was a two-man job every time. but its better for us than the bulb because we can see the fruit of the labors.

    did i not know that you sew? i cant wait to see your carseat cover. that was my favorite project pre-layla.

    cant wait to see your girl!