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Bringing home a newborn this October definitely has me a little nervous about how things will be with a toddler in the mix. Annabelle will be 26 month old at that time, and I’m hoping that she’ll do a lot of growing up in the next 6 months. I definitely don’t want to rush my little girl to grow up too fast, not at all, but I want her to at least get over some baby-ish tendencies that she still struggles with on occasion before Little Life Changer #2 comes along.  Lord help meh, I can’t have two babies in the house both clinging to mommy.

My biggest concern is nighttime sleeping. Annabelle has always been a great little nighttime sleeper, but she def has her moments where she’ll wake and cry, cry, cry and there’s no simply rubbing her back to soothe her and leaving. Well, at least not when my husband is the one doing the checking in. Inevitably, Annabelle ends up in bed with us because Jeff doesn’t want to hear it anymore. This obvy makes me very nervous about how our nights are going to go with a newborn sleeping in a bassinet in my room and a crying toddler down the hall. I’m pretty sure that will set off a domino effect and newborn will be crying his/her face off, too (or visa versa). Two babies in bed with two adults – sounds cozy! How the heck am I going to deal with this without pulling my hair out? Do 26 month olds still wake in the middle of the night, or are they pretty much done with that? I’m assuming that in 6 months AB will have taken big strides towards toddler-dom, so please tell me this will be a thing of the past!?

I’m know all moms can relate when it comes to all the tricks to getting your baby/toddler to nap, keep them occupied, distracted, and content while shopping, etc. But what works for Annabelle might be different for baby #2. Do I have to have a whole Santa bag full of DIFFERENT tricks for two kids? Ay yi yi! I’m just imagining a simple trip to the grocery store, or going shopping. You gotta get two kids out of the car, one could be sleeping and one could be awake. The trick is getting them both in the double stroller without waking the one and keeping the other quiet and occupied. I feel stressed just thinking about how simple tasks will be so much more complicated now.

Hey mamas with babies AND toddlers, how do you juggle the two and keep them quiet, content, and keep yourself sane in the process?? If you have some good tips, please leave them in the comments section!  Help a sistah out!

Baby bump watching continues – week 16!

photo(16)Four months pregnant, wow! Time keeps on flying. Getting our house prepped for sale with its first showing this weekend has kept me super busy, which is helping the days go by fast. I’ll be finding out the baby’s gender in just 4 more weeks. Still don’t have names picked out, but I think once we know what we’re having we can dive into the name game with more ferver.

I’m still feeling great, thanks in big part to keeping very active with frequent gym workouts and daily walks with the dog. I’m also really enjoying being able to spend so much time outside as the weather has been fantastic in Northern California over the past few weeks. I’m really looking forward to getting a little more of a baby bump so I can go ahead and get out of the pudgy looking stage. I’m def not as self-conscious about this stage the second time around because I don’t have to stuff my butt in fitted work pants that just give early preggos a nasty case of the muffin top. So thank you God for that. But a couple pairs of my fav work out pants are starting to get a little snug, which sucks. Oh well, it’s all part of the process. I’m just wondering when my belly will officially “pop”. It was about 17 weeks with Annabelle, so we’ll see if we see a big jump in the bump next week. Stay tuned!

2 Comments on How to handle a newborn and a toddler? I’m getting nervous! Plus, check out my 16-week baby bump!

  1. Well I’ll just say that I’m glad I’m not the only one worried about this! I wrote you some time back about leaving the working world and wanting to do the same. My daughter is currently 16 months and I’m due in Oct as well! She will be just 22 months and I’m freaking out just a little. My husband keeps reminding me I’m not the first woman to have two children and that we’ll figure it out but I’m scared!!!! My biggest fear is breastfeeding – since it didn’t go so hot the first time around I really want it to work this time and not sure what munchkin is going to do while I’m doing that all day long 🙁 Ahhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhh!

  2. Swaddling, which works well for some babies during their first few weeks, is another soothing technique first-time parents should learn. Proper swaddling keeps a baby’s arms close to the body while allowing for some movement of the legs. Not only does swaddling keep a baby warm, but it seems to give most newborns a sense of security and comfort. Swaddling also may help limit the startle reflex, which can wake a baby.

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