With the upcoming addition of a new baby, it makes for a TON of changes. Now, I'm not going to get into all of the psychological parts of it, but let's just say it gives you a lot to think about before your baby arrives.
Most importantly you worry about how your child will react to the new baby. I've been getting a lot of strangers telling me, "just wait, your toddler's whole world is going to be turned upside down." Or, "your daughter is really going to be going through a lot of changes." Hmm. Okay. Thanks for the advice.
I've talked about how to help plan for a new arrival before here, and there are different ways to help for different ages. For instance explaining about the new baby coming to my just turned 2 year old, who doesn't quite get it, is completely different than a 4 year old. But my little cutie knows that the baby is my belly and it's super cute when she comes up to rub it.
My new bundle of joy should be here this week (maybe even as soon as tomorrow) as they are going to try to induce me due to a couple of things. Long story short, I will still try to go to the birth center to deliver and if not, will be moved to the hospital next door. My last birth came in the middle of the night and was super fast in 1.5 hours at the birth center, but this one is a little different.
With the knowledge of knowing exactly when this baby may come this time around, it makes it more special in spending time with my daughter before we become a family of 4. We had a good family day with my husband yesterday and my daughter and I spent a lot of time playing today.
Knowing my last days are nearing with just us, it makes it even more sentimental and really cherishing the storytime, rocking her in the chair, and our special play time :) Because I know very soon, it's going to be a little crazy around here! It's going to be a good thing, but still a little crazy. I've learned the specialness of quality time with one child and really hope to make sure we all spend time together, but also to have some separate time with my new little one and still have some mommy and me time with my first :)
I can't wait for our new family to be here and to introduce our first born to her new little sister!!