In 24 days we will have a new bundle of joy in our growing family. Right now I don't know if it is excitement or pregnancy insomnia but I have been wide awake since 2:00 am. This has become a regular occurrence. It also make it hard to get through the day awake. People say to me "you look tired", I want to say you would too if you have been awake since 2:00 am. I have been pushing for a mandatory nap time at work, people think I am joking.
I have such mixed feeling about the approach of this baby. Part of me can't wait (the uncomfortable, painful, heartburn, can't sleep, beach whale part) and part of me wants him to stay nice an warm were he is.
I worried so much before Bubbie was born that I would not be able to handle taking care of a baby, but at 20 months he is proof that I can. Now I worry, will I be able to mange 2 and how will Bubbie deal with not being the center of my world. I have tried to prepare him for his brothers coming but he just does not have the comprehensive ability to understand.
I do feel good that we have prepared him in other ways. We are bottle free, crib free, highchair free. We talk about him being a big boy, we no longer call him the baby. We have him doing so many things on his own (partly because he wants it that way), he can get on and off his chair and bed, he does the steps all on his own and now is climbing in and out of his car seat. It's almost like he does know what is coming and he is getting ready in his own way.
I have been surprised at how different this pregnancy was compared to Bubbie. This time definitely went by much quicker, I didn't gain that much (nor did I need to) and this babies kicks and movements are so much stronger and different. I swear I can feel the baby "breathing", I know they don't breath but he has these movements that look and feel like breathing. I think it's called fetal breathing movement, like practice. My Braxton Hicks have been very strong and frequent this time as well. I try to tell him he doesn't need that practice (having a repeat c-section) but he continues to practice.
So in 24 day (or sooner) I will be the proud Momma of two boys. I am really excited. I will need to change the name of my blog, it won't just be Bubbies Corner anymore.
I am not usually one to rave about many of the products out there for kids but this weekend I found a great product for my grown-up independent toddler.
Bubbie has now refused to sit in the high-chair or the booster seat for that matter. We battle at breakfast and dinner on where he is going to sit. He wants to sit in the regular chair but has to get on his knees. He seems to be fine for a short period and then get awful fussy and won't stay int he chair. Then he wants to sit on you lap (which I do not have at the moment) so he can sit on his bottom and finish his meal.
So I was telling my sister how difficult this has been over the past week. She tells me about this "chair booster" found at my favorite store Target. So off I go and get myself a Kaboost. I love this thing. It goes under the legs of the chair, he can sit in the chair like a big kid and as he gets bigger it can get shorter to accommodate.
He is growing up so fast.
On top of this he is also sleeping in his big boy bed for the past 3 nights. Before I know he will be off to college (tears welling up as I think of this).
With the coming of his brother in a few short weeks we decided he really needed to get off the bottle. We were down to two, one before bed and one in the middle of night b/w 1-4 am when he fussed.
We finally realized that he did not need the middle of the night bottle. He was not hungry, he eats well and gets plenty of substance throughout the day. It was more of a habit (mostly on our part than his) and we decided to break it.
That took about a week but we all persevered and made it thorough. Middle of the night bottle gone!
Then came the before bed bottle. This was a routine for him, get changed into his jammies, lay on Mom & Dad's bed and drink a nice big bottle of milk while hearing a story or song. He also knew that he was to lay down for the bottle to the point if he saw it before he was laying down he would do just that. The only issue was he did it where ever he was.
If you came walking through the dining room with the bottle and he saw you he would drop to the floor and assume the position. I could just see it, every time I go to feed the new baby a bottle Bubbie will lay down on the floor and want one too. Oh, I can't have that.
So one random night we just decided to take the bottle away, skip it. We did not even try to replace it with a sippy cup of milk (tried that before with no success and a huge tantrum). We just change the routine and cut out the bottle.
I really thought that he was going to pitch a fit, but he didn't. I almost feel like he didn't even miss it. We made sure to completely change bedtime routine. We now get change for bed in his room, read a book in his room and then he goes in the bed.
It has been over two weeks! I am just hoping that once his brother gets here in 4 week or so he will have completely forgotten the bottle. We are also getting completely different bottles for the new baby.
On that subject I am thinking of going to glass bottle from the reports of Bisphenol-A leaching out of bottle. Any advise or thought on the subject? Send them my way.