I am 22 weeks pregnant. No, I’m not having twins, I swear. I make the ultrasound techs check every. single. time.
During the last pregnancy, by 30 weeks, I was pretty much useless. Between the back strain, the giant non-functioning kidney (a story all its own), and general pregnancy complaints, I could barely walk a 1/4 mile and needed multiple naps every day. This time I know I won’t have the luxury of those naps, since DoodleBug has reached the magical age of 3 (or almost 3), where children realize they don’t actually have to do what you say and they lack the judgement skills necessary to keep themselves alive.
So that means the to-do list I waited to complete until 8 months in last time? Needs to be started now. Christmas shopping. Painting the nursery (or rather, decorating DB’s new big girl room so the baby can have the nursery). Meal Planning. Shopping for baby supplies. (Yes, honey. I said shopping for baby supplies. Please don’t go hiding the credit cards. I have the Amex number memorized, anyway.)
We have so much left over from DB…and much more given to us or lent by friends and family who have small children. Clothes, high chair, swing, bouncy seat, high chair, blankets…all set. In fact, the growing pile in my living room is honestly a little intimidating. And yet, I know I’m missing something, just because although I am an expert parent of one, I have NO IDEA how to be a parent of two. I know I’ll figure it out along the way…really, I do. But in the meantime, I’m turning to you, internet, to point me in the right direction.
What is your best newborn essential? Your best bet for keeping sane with a toddler and a newborn rivaling for your attention? What couldn’t you live without the second time around?