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?