Any Advice In Preparing For 2nd Child

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Jenna - June 13

I am due in about 10 weeks and getting stressed as to how I am going to juggle new baby, 3-year old, basic chores etc. My husband tries to be helpful but he seems to need so much direction that I end up doing it all myself. I do plan to make a bunch of meals ahead of time to freeze.....Does anyone have any advice or ideas that will make life run smoother after new baby arrives?

 

Ashley K - June 14

The best recommendation I can give is to get plenty of rest whenever you can! If your husband hasn't already, see if he is eligible for a paternity leave. The transition of bringing a new baby into an existing family can be hard at times but just go with the flow and everything usually fits right into place. I chose to freeze ahead a ton of meals too, also microwaveable storebought meals and take-out help out big time. Your 3 yr old will require extra TLC at this time as well. And when friends and family offer to help out, say YES :) Best of luck to you!!

 

monica - June 14

I know how you feel... I feel as though I am about to have a panic attack. I am 33 weeks and have done nothing. I have a 4 year but he will be in school so that helps. All I can say is accept any and all help that is offered. And I read to freeze meals starting week 34.

 

NELLY - June 14

I AM SCARED TOO, I AM 34 WEEKS ALONG WITH MY 2 DAUGHTER I HAVE A 4 YEAR OLD WHO WILL BE TURNING 5 THREE DAYS BEFORE THEY INDUCE ME. ITS HARD ENOUGH JUST RUNNING AFTER HER ALL DAY AND FIXING AND DOING FOR HER. SHE IS THE FIRST GRANDBABY AND I THINK SHE IS GOING TO HAVE A TOUGH TIME DEALING WITH THIS ONE. SHE WILL BE STARTING KINDERGARTEN JUST A COUPLE WEEKS AFTER THE BABY IS BORN, WHICH WILL BE KINDA GOOD BUT I AM GOING TO HAVE SUCH A TOUGH TIME WITH HER STARTING SCHOOL IT WILL BE THE FIRST TIME WEVE BEEN APART. IM AFRAID SHE WANT BE GETTING ALL THE TIME WITH US THAT SHE IS USE TO AND GETTING TO DO ALL THE SPECIAL THINGS SHE GETS TO DO. BUT I THINK I AM STILL GOING TO SET SPECIAL TIME FOR HER AND ME EVERYDAY AND STILL TAKE HER TO DO THE THINGS SHE LOVES AS WE DID BEFORE. AS FOR MY HUSBAND I SWEAR HE IS LIKE A CHILD HIMSELF I HAVE TO DO EVERYTHING FOR HIM. AND WE HAVE A DOG IN THE HOUSE AND I AM THE ONLY ONE WHO TAKES CARE OF HER SO I WILL HAVE MY HANDS FULL. I WILL HAVE MY MOM AND HIS MOM AND MY HUSBAND TAKING TURNS TAKING OFF WORK TO BE WITH ME THE 1 FEW WEEKS TIL I HEAL.

 

Sabrina - June 14

I too am close to delivery time (37 weeks) and have a 3 1/2 year old son who is a handful! My biggest concern is bed times because he is still waking me up in the middle of the night due to spoiledness that we are trying to fix (ie. his doggy will fall off of bed and we'll get up to get it for him) I know it will be hard enough to try to get sleep with a newborn. My luck, he'll definitely be getting up inbetween times when the baby will be up. I'm also a little nervous as to how he'll feel about losing a lot of his attention to the baby.

 

JJ - June 15

I have a fun idea to share---when my husband and toddler came to visit me at the hospital, we had a wrapped gift waiting for my toddler from the baby. Boy did that go over big! It gives both baby and your other child center stage and brings smiles galore. Also I included my toddler in some of the baby duties; bathing, cuddling etc. Your multi-tasking skills will surprise you as well! I managed to b___stfeed my baby, read to my toddler and a__sist my husband in the kitchen (verbally) all at the same time. Baby #3 coming soon!

 

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