2 February 2015

Going back to the baby days

A funny thought occurred to me last night while we were all sat eating tea together, I am not quite sure why it was as big of a lightbulb moment as it was but there we go. I suddenly thought of the massive change that the birth of Little 3 is going to make in our daily life at home. 

It isn't like I haven't thought of it before, we have played around with fitting 3 car seats in the car, practically finished getting the nursery ready and have been doing the playgroup run with Little 2 on foot instead of putting her in the pushchair- it is nearly a mile to playgroup, Little 2 walks it well but can she do the return journey in time to get back to school for Little 1? I usually put her in the pushchair for it as she is tired by then but the baby will be in the pushchair soon and the buggy board doesn't fit the travel system!

Back to last night, we were all sat around the dinner table, eating spaghetti bolognaise I had made from scratch. The girls were chatting and giggling about who had the longest piece of spaghetti and sucking it in, getting rather messy! It was a really nice relaxed family meal with lots of laughter and chatter, everyone eating the same thing from grown up plates with grown up cutlery, no puree in sight and then it dawned on me that it wouldn't be long before I was throwing something from the freezer in the oven half an hour late, the girls starving, as I had been feeding and then trying to cut my dinner up one handed while jiggling a crying baby! I have vivid memories of doing that when Little 2 was born!

My mind then began to wander to the other aspects of life with a newborn and how much of a change it will be this time around than it was when Little 2 came along. There is a 2 year and 3 month gap between Little 1 and 2, Little 1 was still very much a toddler and needed Mummy a lot when her sister was born, she had only been out of nappies a month in the day and still wore them at night, she vacated the cot a few weeks before her sister arrived and she still napped in the day so it was not really that much of a change. This time Little 2 will be 3 years old (this week) when the baby comes and is far more independent than her sister was, she has been potty trained over a year and has had a cabin bed, no day time naps and no night nappies since the early summer, she left toddlerhood behind a while ago. I am really looking forward to having a baby in the house again but it will be a much bigger change this time and probably take some getting used too by all of us.

How did you feel about going back to the baby days? Was it much of a change? 

14 comments:

  1. There is 5 years between my two girls and it was a bit of a shock at first....Especially when I had to do the school run twice a day with a newborn but we soon got used to it. It was fab to have my eldest as a little helper....Like passing things I needed....hehehe

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  2. There is 5 and a quarter years between Little 1 and 3 so we too will have to learn to navigate the school run with feeding, eek!

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  3. I have a similar age gap between my two as you have between Little 1 and Little 2. The hardest part was adjusting to the demands of two children, particularly when it came to naptimes and bedtime. My eldest still used the pushchair (and still does occasionally) so I had a sling for the youngest which made things easier. The baby days hadn't been left too far behind so that side of things wasn't too much of an adjustment. Good luck with adjusting to all the changes once Little 3 arrives x

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  4. In my experience you will not find it as big a change as from 1 to 2, and the fact it's only been 3 years since the last one means you'll just slot straight back into it. My biggest gap is 9 years, and even then it was barely moments before it all seemed like it had been that way forever :)

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  5. Thank you, I am looking forward to having a baby in the house again and once we have a morning (school run) routine in place I am sure all will be as if it were never any different.

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  6. I can't add anything from experience, as I only have one son, but I'm interested in hearing how you find everything! We're thinking of having another baby soon, and I always wonder what an ideal age gap is. I guess, there isn't an ideal and there's pro's and con's for all ages gaps. All the best with your new little one and I'm sure everything will just slide into place. :)

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  7. Thank you for reading, I liked the 2yr 3 month age gap but sometimes Little 1 needed me when I was feeding and giving up naps stage was hard with a small baby etc so I think 3 years is a good gap!

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  8. I'm sure you'll do a wonderful job. I have twins, so won't be returning to the baby days again, as thankfully I had two in one go, but you sound like you'll do a great job. Thanks for linking up to the #BinkyLinky

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  9. Ahh Thank you for your kind words, we are looking forward to it.

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  10. All the very best for the next bit! My third is one at the weekend and I can relate to whay you've said here. You'll find a way, us mums always do :) xx

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  11. Thank you, i’m looking forward to the new chapter...

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  12. I am so looking forward to going back to these days when Ross and I strike lucky! You are going to be great. Thank you for linking to #PoCoLo x

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