My lovely family of 3 has a nice thing going…. it consists of me (a stay-at-home mom), my husband (he works long hours, but primarily from home which is a plus) and our daughter, Ella, who is the light of our lives and going to be two years old in March! We’ve finally got this parenting thing down (at least during this stage). Ella is listening really well (for the most part… she is still a toddler, after all), we have very clear communication & there is actually a daily schedule in place! BUT, here we are… pregnant again and before we know it our lovely family of 3 is going to get it’s world flipped upside down when our little man (yes, it’s a boy!!! Kind of scary… I’ve gotten used to my world of princesses) joins our family in May. We are so blessed and extremely excited for the little guy to make us a family of 4, however I can’t help but worry about the looming fears of this huge change to our family, like…
How is Ella going to do in this transition? How do we make sure she feels as loved as ever?
Can we handle a newborn with our rambunctious (yet, adorable) toddler?
Will I be able to give Ella the regular daily attention & fun she is accustomed to when I’m awake half the night soothing & breast feeding an infant?
Most Importantly… How could I ever love another little human as much as I love my girl?
I know these fears are normal… but it’s still very scary. After talking to so many Moms who said they could relate, they all reassure me that all will be okay. You find a way to make sure your first born is as happy as ever. Here are a few tips I’ve received:
- Try my best to make the special parts of your daily routine just between the two of you still existent
- Make my toddler my “Mommy’s Helper” and have her extremely involved in my infants day to day
- As soon as you feel comfortable leaving the house with your infant, try to keep up with your toddlers usual schedule so as little changes as possible.
Who knows how any of these tips will work, but all I can say is this is just our next adventure and I’m sure in a year I will look back at all this worrying and laugh at myself for the extreme concern. Our beautiful family is growing & I can’t wait!!
Here’s a picture of the 3 of us 🙂