It seems such a long time ago we welcomed our first son into the world. I walked around knowing I had no clue! Was the baby supposed to just lay there? (mostly, yes!). Is THAT [smell/sound/face] normal? (probably). Do I really NOT get to sleep again for the rest of my life? (somewhat true!).
Trying to benefit from past experience, I’m thinking of ways I can make Baby 2.0’s arrival smoother for our family! I’ve already gotten a better camera! Here’s a few other things I’ll try:
Rest up – I should have been better rested going into natural childbirth. Although I could hardly be blamed for poor pregnancy sleep! Still. The last two weeks, I am going to try to get extra rest. That means… you might see a little less blogging out of me (well… maybe!).
Tone up – it would’ve helped to do more toning exercises with my arms / legs. It was winter last time, and I wasn’t as active. One thing I remember about natural birthing is how TIRED my arms got from supporting my body as I was laboring! I feel like I haven’t done as much as I wanted to this time either, but at least the summer warmth and sun (and a toddler) has me running around a bit more!
Take a natural birthing class – I took a “prepared childbirth class” last time and MOST of it was about how to bath, diaper, feed, and not shake the baby. About fifteen minutes was spent on “pain management.” It was a colossal waste of money that hubby and I giggled our way through like we were in seventh grade because it really was not applicable to us.
Limit visitors – I exhausted myself seeing SO many people in the hospital. I was SOOOO happy to share our new little one, I did not turn ANYBODY away. Honestly, it’s so FUN to show off a new baby, I will probably not be able to say no this time either!
Create a secondary diaper changing station – With our firstborn, I used the upstairs nursery for changing diapers – I stored everything there, so I had to keep running up and down stairs for nearly every diaper change. This time, I want a downstairs station too, so I can stay in one place and not wear myself out!
Have more meals in the freezer – we ran out WAY too soon! All the meals people bring are so wonderful and kind… but the truth is, three and four weeks later, you’re still pretty tired and making dinner is not tops on your list!
Plan ahead for baby photos / announcements – I didn’t even THINK about this last time. As a result, I got talked into an expensive photography session in the hospital. What was I THINKING? Our son was red and yellow with jaundice. I was in a bathrobe and hadn’t even showered. And we both just looked tired! I already have a plan to work with a local photographer for newborn photos in a better environment than my hospital bed!
What would you / did you do differently from one baby to the next? I love hearing tips and advice on this topic!