I'm due in two weeks (and, if I go by my gut, this baby is coming sooner than that!) and DD is 3yrs 4 months. I guess I was in denial or some sort of pregnancy bliss, but seriously it just suddenly dawned on me that there will be a newborn and a preschooler to care for in this house very soon!!!
I'm looking for any tips, tricks, advice from BTDT mamas on how to make those first few post-partum weeks go as smoothly as possible.
DD is excited about this baby, and I think (hope!!) we've done a good job preparing her, but now I'm looking for some practical concrete tips on the logistics of the whole thing!
So far, I've been cooking and loading our freezer with food, and between that, my family and in-laws, we've definitly got food and meals covered. DD will keep going to her preschool until June, and DP has changed his work schedule to be able to drop her off and pick her up for at least a month (and maybe more if need be, we'll see)
But other than that??
3 is old enough to be a little helpful. I'd involve her with things and praise for her helpfulness with the new babe. Get some new (even library) books for you guys to read together while you're doing lots of nursing early on. Have a 'spot' where you can be all set up with babe but still watch 3 yo do things. Does she like to dance or sing or do 'shows'? I remember my then 3.5 yo when my nb arrived, he would put on 'shows' for me with his dinosaurs to entertain me while I nursed. We read a lot of books. He also continued preschool--which was so nice! Gave me a little time each day with just the babe.
If you have to do lunch/snacks, try to have them ready ahead of time. If you have them on a lower shelf and ready to go, your dd can help 'serve' the meals too. Have sippy cups full of water/milk/juice whatever you allow ready to go either in fridge or even a small cooler near you. If possible, have hubby help you the night before to get everything ready to go for the next day.
~Mama to my boys~ to a teen, a tween & a toddler and surro-mama to twins and their sister
Livin' in the sticks with my chicks and lovin' it!
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