Sorry for the quiet. Things are going quite well on this end – so well, in fact, it’s lead to more than a few moments of panic. You see, I’m not used to feeling alright during pregnancy and actually having that be okay. A FB/blogging friend was nice enough to send me her fetal doppler this week and that has helped immensely as I’m in the middle of the “teen” weeks, in which I feel human (good in fact), but don’t have a lot of signs to remind me that the pregnancy is progressing. Being able to listen to that little heartbeat is just a Godsend right now.
But other than that I’m in a period of planning and making a lot of lists. I’m a planner by nature, I like to know where things are going and there’s a lot to do in the next 5 months.
Some of it’s practical like organizing the house, rearranging a few rooms for the new addition, sorting out things like clothes, diapers and the like. Originally, our plan for rooming kids together worked because they would be closer in age. Now that we have to consider two children, potentially of the opposite gender, who are over 5 years apart we have to push a few ideas out and start from scratch. So I’ve started looking into things like bunk beds and bedroom storage. The age gap also means I’ll have a small baby with a growing boy’s toys and things, and apparently as they get bigger the parts of their toys get smaller – actions figures with accessories, Legos, and various things that make up Henry’s budding “collections” will need to be accessible, but safe.
Some of it’s a bit more frivolous – things I’d love to sewing and knit before the baby is here; though knitting is further down the list since it’s a summer baby. I’ve been dreaming up baby knits here. And I definitely need to go thru my yarn stash and see what I’ve got and what I need. I’m woefully behind in the projects I started this winter already and just need to sit down and get a few things off the needles first.
I’ve also been indulging myself in vintage baby sewing patterns. For myself I love a good 50’s or 60’s dress, but for little kids I’m all about the late 60’s and 70’s. It seems to be the time where little kids clothes hit a peak of cute and practical (probably thanks in a large part to knit fabric).
|If I get a daughter it’s going to be years of rompers, bubble pants and little dress-tops. Years.|
The biggest thing I don’t know how to prepare for at all is how to parent two children. I was an only child, my experience is very limited and full of secondhand observations (luckily my husband had a sibling so it’s not the blind leading the blind). I really have no experience in the day to day managing of this – how to be fair, how to divide up my time and all that. Books and resources would be lovely at this point.