Babikins Magazine feature 01.21.2014
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So, today marks 4 weeks that we’ve had the pleasure of knowing our little lady, Sydney, and I thought it was high time I formally introduce her! Having a girl was a huge surprise to me as I was certain she was going to be a boy! That makes me 0 for 2 in guessing the sex of my babies, and in both cases, I felt “completely sure” I knew. Hearing her cry for the first time was the best feeling! I had been skeptical while I was pregnant that I could ever love another baby ask much as my first and I was delighted to discover that your love really does just multiply (many people had told me this, but it was something I had to feel to believe). I was also concerned about how Emmett would handle having a sibling, and while he’s acting out here and there, none of it is directed at “Syd-Syd” as he likes to call her. He’s even let us know that she is his “best buddy,” and he gives her kisses and hugs that make me wonder if she’ll survive out of infancy. Life has felt a bit chaotic as we adjust to life as a family of four, but we are just crazy in love with our little crew and thanking our lucky stars for them every day! —Carrie
Carrie here, still hanging in there at 39 weeks today! As we have gotten closer and closer to our due date one thing that I continue to think about is how having another baby will affect Emmett. It is so hard for me to imagine him not being our only little guy. I get really sentimental thinking that I’ll have less one-on-one time with him so soon. I just want to do everything I can to make the transition as positive as possible.
One thing I think will really win him over are a few gifts from the baby, namely a new Thomas engine that he has been wanting for months. I think a new big brother shirt will make him feel important, too! Then, I also rounded up a little goody bag of things to keep him entertained while we’re in the hospital. Plus, I’m hoping these will come in handy when I’m tending to the baby and don’t have a free hand. Some activities I threw in there: crayons, stickers, a sticker book, scented bubbles, a magna doodle, color wonder markers and activity book and then a few snacks. We’ve been talking a lot about him being a big brother and having been trying to talk up the special things he gets to do since he’s a “big boy” and this book has been a good one for helping with that. I’d love to hear any advice for introducing a new baby to an older sibling. A few good things I’ve read are to not be holding the baby when the older sibling comes to visit in the hospital for the first time, but to have him/ her in the bassinet instead, and also that we should record their first meeting. I love both of those ideas!
Carrie here. I am coming to you live from week 38 (and a half, but who’s counting) of pregnancy with baby #2. I am so excited, but I essentially feel like I have a little ticking time bomb attached to me at this point. :) I could go into labor at any moment so I’m scrambling to get ready. I thought I’d share a few little round-ups with you over the next few days of things I’m doing to prepare for our new arrival. I’ll start with some of the (very few) items we’ve gotten for baby. With this being our second, and not knowing the gender, we haven’t really purchased very much. Plus, we’re kind of in limbo right now in our house as we prepare for a remodel. So, our nursery this time around basically consists of a set of tupperware drawers in our bedroom and a few drawers taken over in Emmett’s room next door. Not a lot of real estate for extra stuff, but we’re banking on the baby not giving that too much thought.
Not knowing whether we’ll be having a boy or girl, we need to be prepared with twice as many names (not so easy for us this time around, for some reason) and also like having 2 going home outfits ready at the hospital. How cute are these striped and checkered options? and every
mom baby needs a new toy or two. Socks are something that you can never have enough of and half of the pairs we had last time around are down to one sock. I took Emmett out to pick something special for the new baby and he went straight to his old favorite, Sophie the Giraffe. I thought it was sweet to see him pick something he had loved so much for his new baby sister/ brother. We used these sleep sacks so much the first time around that the velcro is almost wearing out so we got an extra (much more fun now that they even have cute patterns). And… once we do finally have a nursery for this little one, I can’t even resist the cuteness of this canvas! Noticing that baby #2 is going to be subjected immediately to my love of color and pattern. I guess it’s best to get him/ her used to it right off the bat!