After about 6 month away, I’M BACK! After struggling with infertility for 6 years, the last thing I expected was to get pregnant again so quickly. Planning for baby number 2 is something that we thought we would have a little more time for but it seems God had other plans.
Now that baby girl is on her way we have been working on getting ready for her. I have to say its been a little different than getting ready for our son’s arrival. There are definitely fewer things that we need but also new challenges.
The first thing I did when I found out that I was having a girl this time around was go through my son’s old clothes and pull out everything that was gender neutral. The nice thing is that we have a decent amount of outfits that will work for her and even things like a football onesie can be made girlie with a bow and a tutu.
In addition to finding quite a few outfits that could be reused, we also started moving things like our baby swing and tummy time mat from our son’s room to our daughter’s room. Swaddle blankets and burp cloths are also being handed down from my son to my daughter.
There are a few things we need to double up on for baby number 2. We of course need to buy her some of her own clothes, especially since I love everything girly. The main things we need to buy again are things that my son is still using, like a nursery furniture.
There are some things that they could share but we will probably buy her some of her own like toys and pacifiers. We will also be doubling up on things like wipes and baby wash. Not to mention the fact that we will now be buying 2 sizes of diapers.
If your babies are farther apart in age and you already started getting rid of baby item, you will likely have to buy a lot more for baby number 2.
Deciding where the new baby will be sleeping was another thing we had to figure out. We had already decided that she would sleep in our room for the first coupe months, but once she’s ready for her own space would we put her in our son’s room or give her her own room?
We weighed the pros and cons of each and decided that converting another bedroom in our house into a second nursery would work best for us. The biggest deciding factor was the fact that the two babies will likely be on different sleep schedules for a while and the last thing we want is to have them waking each other up.
If you decide to do separate rooms, the nursery checklist for baby number 2 will be very similar to the first time around.
Although there is a lot less to buy with baby number 2, there are some added challenges. My son isn’t walking yet and carrying around a baby gets more and more difficult the more pregnant I get. I also had really bad morning sickness with this pregnancy so there were times early on that I had to stop feeding or playing with my son to go throw up.
Once my daughter gets here there will be more added challenges having two under two.
Double the Love
Despite the challenges of having two babies so close in age, we couldn’t be more excited to welcome baby girl into our family. This pregnancy is flying by so much quicker than my first and she will be here before we know it.