So our sweet baby girl #2 is almost here!
Name to be revealed after delivery ;)
A hint though-- it is another E name!
So there are quite a few things that are different with the 2nd pregnancy, well for me at least.
I feel so much more peaceful. And relaxed.
I just know what I'm going into (of course there will be things that happen that are unexpected), I'm in a house that does not need any work (which was the case last time-- hello foreclosure!), I have a wonderful community around me with church and girlfriends and my parents will actually be here for 5 months this time (living across the street!). We are just in a good place!
That being said, there are some items that we didn't have when we had Eden and I am pretty sure they would have been awesome to have! I made sure to make these a priority when it came to registering/purchasing. So excited to meet our sweet girl in just a few weeks!
Do you have any other recommendations for me? Things I can't live without? I would LOVE any input! xo
I can't even begin to tell you how many times I took a monthly growth picture of Eden that was LATE because I had to do the work of numbers and editing via PhotoShop (yes I'm lazy and with a newborn things that are convenient are essential). I was never opposed to the monthly stickers, but I never could find any that I liked. My friend Jenna introduced these to me when she had her daughter Henley! I'm in love :)
I was hesitant to get this last time because it just didn't seem necessary-- we were given Joshua's childhood bassinet and that seemed like enough. But in all seriousness I would look at Eden in that bassinet and think "Boy that does not look very comfortable!" It is soooo flat. I've had way too many people tell me this is a lifesaver to not go without it this time. I'm just crossing my fingers that it won't cause any problems when we transition baby #2 to the crib (which we had no problems with with Eden).
Also highly recommend, especially by my friend Ruthie, this was another on the must-have list. I remember countless times where we wanted to throw those nasty nose-suckers that you get from the hospital or Target or wherever at the wall! They just did.not.work.for.us! I am so excited to have this item on hand this go-around.
So a girlfriend at church sold me her never-used Medela (above) for $50! Score! I had a horrible pump when I had Eden and I will be honest that I used it a few times and just gave it up and became an exclusive non-pumper :) I knew that a good pump was essential this time. I really hope to go 13 months of exclusively breast feeding like I did with Eden, but I also have realistic expectations that it might not go as well and or be harder with having a toddler to chase around. I'm trying to just enter into it with a flexible attitude. But that being said, I'm pretty confident that this pump is going to be a lifesaver!
We will have had two summer babies and it gets so hot here! So finding sleep sacks with velcro that help us cheat in the middle of the night for easy swaddling but that are not TOO much material is essential. With Eden we used the Aiden and Anais swaddle wraps-- which I ADORE-- but I need something a little bit more sturdy. I still have all my A&A wraps and use them as light blankets for Eden, car seat covers, blankets, nursing covers, etc. Love!
P.S. I also wanted to add that a nursing cover was essential this time around, too! It is something I just had to add, so it's my #6 ;) I bought this one on Etsy. It was kind of pricey but it was essential for me. I never nursed in public because Eden would pull my shirt or the cover and half of me was exposed! The rectangular style just did not work for us. This is a 360 degree cover that I am hoping will really put me at easy with nursing in public. It is super lightweight and can also be used as a scarf and carseat cover :)