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How We Are Preparing for Baby #2

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How We Are Preparing for Baby #2
Our second baby is due in just 12 days (when I am writing this) and 4 days by the time the post goes live. Wow! This pregnancy has gone so fast, it's crazy. Yet the last month has been super slow of course as I am more uncomfortable and anxious for baby's arrival. We have had to do more than I even expected to prepare for the arrival of baby #2 and I wanted to share some of these things with you today in case you are in the same position of having another baby and need some ideas of how to prepare.

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1. Making freezer meals

I researched a ton about freezer meals and didn't go too crazy making them but we have quite a nice stock ready to go. When we had Adalyn, I couldn't believe how little time I had to cook and this time, we determined that having meals made ahead of time was totally necessary. Some of the things that I made were Chicken and Black Bean Enchiladas, homemade veggie loaded lasagna, butternut squash soup, salsa verde enchiladas and a couple more soups. This should be helpful during the crazy newborn days (and witching hours!).


2. Stocking up on essential baby items

We have a bunch of the main baby gear from when Adalyn was born but there were some things that I needed to stock up on such as diapers, wipes, burp cloths, bottles and more. We love the Playtex VentAire® bottles from Babies "R" Us  for baby. I plan to breastfeed but when I am away or at work, baby will have to take a bottle and these ones are great! This bottle was a "Mom's Pick Best of 2017" finalist in the BabyCenter Awards.


At Babies "R" Us stores, you can participate in a Registry 101 program which helps pregnant women setup their registries and it happens on the first Saturday of the month. When I was pregnant with Adalyn, I registered there and definitely asked some of the employees and other moms for their opinions on different products. They also have Registry Completion Events on the third Tuesday of the month where you get a discount for closing out your registry on items not yet purchased that you may need.

These bottles aim to help baby have less colic and reflux. Adalyn had reflux and would scream and scream. Anything to reduce this would be so beneficial. They have a unique bottom vent to keep the air in the back of the bottle and out of the baby's stomach. The bottle is on an angle to promote semi-upright feeding to help prevent ear infections. They also have a nipple that is made to be "most like mom" for easy latch-on an easy feedings.

3. Having date nights

Troy and I do not get the opportunity to go out on dates a lot but in the last couple of months, I made sure to have a couple of dates with Troy. Getting out that first year is really hard (especially with nursing) so we wanted to squeeze a couple of dates in. We had the great opportunity to spend the night at a local hotel, go out to dinner and go to the movies. I love spending time with my husband and spending some time one on one was important to me.
Fisher-Price Auto Rock ‘n Play Sleeper
This rocker was a totally lifesaver with Adalyn! We now have two of them for baby boy!

4. Pulling out all the baby gear

When I found out that I was having a boy, I went through all of Adalyn's clothes, blankets, burp cloths, etc. and pulled out what I could use for baby boy. This way, I had a better idea of what I needed to buy and stock up on. I had Troy pull out the car seat, bouncer, swing, playmat, etc. and give them a good cleaning and they are ready to go for whenever baby boy decides to make his arrival.

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5. Nesting like crazy!!

It is so crazy what a natural instinct that nesting is. I have been cleaning my entire house like crazy, organizing everything, etc. I have scrubbed the shower with a toothbrush, organized cabinets at 5 AM, etc. I feel a lot better having everything ready to go and knowing that our home is clean when we have a newborn since I won't have a lot of time or energy to be cleaning.

There you have it! Some of the main things that we have been doing to prepare for baby #2 (along with a million mini house projects and what-not!). Can't wait to meet you baby boy!

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1 comment:

  1. Oh my goodness, good luck! You are really in the home stretch! Congratulations! {client}

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