Monday, June 16, 2014

Becoming a big sister

The impending arrival of Baby Sage means Mommy and Daddy are getting a new baby.  The grandparents are getting a new grandchild.  But these things have happened before.

However, one thing will be happening for the very first time:  Miss Emma will become a big sister.

Emma turned two on May 29th and I'm not sure exactly how much she understands about Baby Sage yet.  But I'm so excited just to see her reaction to him!

Will she be scared?  Curious?  Protective?  Think he's a toy?  All of the above?

We found out we would be expecting baby #2 the week of Halloween.  But we didn't really start talking to Emma about the baby until Mommy started showing.

We would tell her Mommy was carrying a baby, and eventually she started pointing to my belly and saying, "Baby."  Then once we found out the sex, we told her she would be having a baby brother.  She loves to tell people her brother's name when they ask.

Sometimes she will go into the nursery, sit in the glider and say his name.  Hearing his name come out of her mouth is absolutely the sweetest thing!

She has a baby doll that Santa brought her for Christmas.  Well, the doll's name USED to be Emma.  But now its name is Sage.  It's so funny and so sweet all at the same time.  I guess kids are like that a lot though.

I'm afraid her world is going to be rocked when we bring home a real baby.

Although maybe she's already adjusting.  Because Emma has been a momma's girl from day one!  We were practically joined at the hip.  But recently she has turned into a daddy's girl.  She wants to be with him all the time now.

That has made me feel much better because I've been so nervous about my attention being divided and Emma feeling neglected.  I don't want her to feel like I've abandoned her for another baby.

Of course, our world may be rocked, too.  We don't know anything about boys at our house!  I guess we will learn, right?  I've heard stories from people who have boys and can only imagine the adventures that await us.

If you have more than one child, what did you do to make sure you weren't neglecting the older one(s)?  How did the older child(ren) react to the new baby?

Monday, June 9, 2014

Preparing the nursery

Baby Sage could arrive any day now.  We are so excited!  I've been busy trying to finish his nursery.  He will have basically the same nursery as Emma, with a couple of changes.

We planted hydrangeas alongside our house when we bought it.  They are a beautiful blue, and I've been keeping a fresh vase in Baby Sage's nursery.

I also bought him a hand-knitted mobile with sheep hanging from it.  Hopefully he will learn to count really soon so he can count sheep and help him get to sleep.

He will have the same crib Emma had.  It's an iron crib with gray and white bedding.  We're using a piece of furniture for a changing table so that when we are finished with the nursery we can use the furniture in another room.

And of course, there are a few must-haves from Cloud 9 for Baby Sage.

We will be using the Aden + Anais Swaddles.  We swaddled Emma until she was four months old.  She slept better and was calmed so much easier this way.

We'll also be using the Mum + Bub skincare products.  I absolutely adore the smell of their body wash and lotion.  I associate that smell with Emma and can't wait to use it on Baby Sage!

And no wardrobe is complete without lots of adorable bonnets, diaper covers, and day gowns.  Day gowns make diaper changes super easy, not to mention they look beautiful on precious babies.

In addition to preparing the nursery, I've also had lots of fun getting Emma's big girl room together.  I can't believe it's already time for Emma to be in a bid girl room!

Her new bedding is called Jungle Boogie.  It has lots of animals along with stripes and polka dots.  I had Brian from the Cottage House find her a dresser and paint it green.  It makes a cute accent piece for the room.

On her wall, I've framed and hung artwork that Emma created at school this year.  I plan to use a different frame for each piece so that as we continue to add to the wall it will be more of a collage look. I think it says a lot to Emma that we find her artwork important to hang.

We've also put all of her books on ledges.  This has been so helpful in creating more space and keeping her books organized.  Now she can see them all and simply points to which book she wants to read at night.

I hope Emma and Baby Sage will find their new rooms to be fun places where they always feel safe and know that they are loved.

Tuesday, June 3, 2014

The Nesting Instinct

Closets cleaned out?  Check.

Bathroom drawers organized?  Check.

Cookbooks alphabetized?  Well, not quite.  Not yet anyway.

That's just some of what's been going on at our house.  But it's not spring cleaning.  Rather someone's nesting at our house.  (It's me.)

The nesting instinct, of course, occurs in many animals as well as humans.  In a world that has become so technologically advanced, there's something very basic and refreshing to me about a mother's instinct to prepare for her baby.

I've been nesting since March in anticipation of Baby Sage, organizing everything I can get my hands on.  I cleaned out my closet so thoroughly that I think my husband has more clothes hanging now that I do.

I'm sure he thinks I'm crazy.  But he just goes along with everything and lets me do my organizing.  I was even mowing the grass for awhile, until my OB (and my husband) advised me not to.

It's even spilled over to Cloud 9.  I guess when I'm at work I feel like I need to be getting things ready, too.  So I've cleaned out catalogs and paperwork and organized back stock.  It looks like a whole new stockroom back there!

I just fear I'm going to go into labor soon and want everything ready and clean!

I keep a list on the kitchen island of things I think of that need to be done before Baby Sage arrives.  I just hope I'm not forgetting anything.  Like defrosting our frost-free refrigerator?

Did you nest, or are you nesting?  What are some of the things you cleaned or organized?