I was so intrigued by all the wonderful posts I got from my panic-laden message, that I thought I would try starting this thread to see if there was any interest. Am feeling a BIT more settled about the thought, but realize I am going to need some support (OK - LOTS of support) before this little one arrives.
So my thought is to introduce ourselves (please feel free to not post anything that makes you uncomfortable) by posting a bit about our present family, what number we are expecting, our age, what kind of work we do (in/out of home), hobbies and where we live. And maybe our biggest fear about having #3 (or more!).
Then I thought I would throw out a topic to discuss for the week - or the month, depending on the interest (and my getting around to starting the thread each week!!).
Oh, and lurkers and first time moms are welcome!! I don't feel like moms of more than two have any more inherent wisdom that first time moms - just maybe more experience??!!
So I am Lisa, living in Baltimore with dh (a Brit) and two dds (aged 5 and 2), so this would be #3 for us (due November 24). I am originally from TX, but really like living here - good mix of north and south! I work 2 days a week in health care and am home with the girls the rest of the time. I am 39 - wanted to have my 3rd before turning 40, and just barely made that deadline! I (used to) love traveling ;-) but now have to settle for more local exploits, except for a trip over to England to visit dh family. I enjoy cooking, speaking Spanish and French with my patients and family, hanging out with the fam (my mom and two brothers live close by) and watching documentaries and foreign films.
Biggest fear....hmmm...having enough patience to get through the day without losing it, while also enjoying this stage in my life. It is a hectic stage (and I am not so great with hectic) but it is also the only moment we have (for me and my kids)...I guess I'll like to be able to surrender to (and even occasionally enjoy) the chaos...I'd just like to be more intentional about it this time around (whenever possible!!)
This week's (month's??) topic : Lots of people have mentioned to me how important it is to reserve some 'special time' for the older children - before little one arrives, and after... Anyone have any ideas/ experience of what are good ways to spend this time?
My thoughts : quick moments (walks in the neighborhood, working on a puzzle while little sister is getting put to bed), or half/full day events (going to the zoo, a bike ride with a picnic). I also want to include my mom in doing some activities with each of them. OK - everyone just descended upon me, so will stop here, but looking forward to hearing from you gals!!
Lisa in Baltimore