by Rebecca DeDomenico, Blogger of PunchBugKIDS
Are you ready for baby’s arrival?
Preparing for a baby’s arrival can be the most exciting time of your life, but also can be very frightening. If you are a first-time parent you really don’t know what to expect and that’s ok. When we were preparing for our first son to be born 7 ½ years ago (boy, how time flies) I can remember sitting in his finished cozy nursery thinking to myself, “These are going to be the best days of my life”. I was so excited for him to arrive and so excited to expand our family. My husband and I would go through all of the cute baby stuff to make sure we had everything imaginable that we could need and believe me, we had it all and then some.
Of course, we registered for the wipe warmer and every little gadget. Then on November 23rd, he arrived! I can remember my baby’s arrival so vividly how all of that excitement immediately turned into fear. It’s one thing to prepare for something and a whole other thing to have that moment you prepared for staring you right in the face. The truth is, you never are really fully prepared and that’s ok. Nobody tells you about the crying, sleepless nights and in general how you are going to feel.
I had an emergency c-section for him and of course, that was not part of my “plan”. When talking to people who had children prior they never discuss those little details that you wish you knew about beforehand. After a few weeks went by, we were in a good groove and things started to settle down. My dreams of having a baby started to become a reality. There is nothing better in life than holding your little one and seeing them smile and coo. For the first time, I realized that I could do this.
Baby #2 |
About 2 years later we discussed having a second and needless to say after a few months I was pregnant with our sweet, now 4 ½-year-old daughters. I can remember how preparing for her was so much different. We, of course, had the joys of doing her room and buying all the cute little clothes and being so excited to finally meet my little girl but, at the same time, I did not know how to prepare myself for having a second child. Everyone would say to me that it just flows.
I can remember it like it was yesterday feeling so sad for my little guy. I didn’t know how in the world I was going to share my love with two little ones. Everyone was right, it does just flow and your heart grows bigger and just makes room for one more. You look at the both of your babies and you love them both unconditionally. It’s amazing, how you could have so much love for someone that you just met.
I am now preparing for my third, due in May and I have to say I feel totally out of the loop and a little nervous. We have begun the nursery and started getting all the things ready for him to arrive, however, you forget about the sleepless nights until someone reminds you. My children are more excited than ever and I know that my heart will grow even bigger then it is now. Watching my son and daughter prepare for our son due in May is the best part of preparing for a baby this time around. I can’t wait to watch how much love they have for him. They are completely engrossed in preparing for him and love picking everything out for him.
With each child, comes a different set of anxieties and preparations and even if you think you have it all figured out, you don’t and that’s ok…