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I am half way through my second pregnancy and I found myself starting to get the urge to nest for baby already. This nesting urge is certainly starting a lot earlier than it did when I was pregnant with Mía and I think it is mainly due to our house being under renovations. I just need to have a little corner of items I know I will depend on when baby arrives. I know I have said it before, but the first few months post-partum with Mía was a blur to me and that is one of the things I regret the most. I suppose the blur extended to Jon as well, his world changed just as much as mine did in an instant and we both struggled to learn what this tiny baby needed from us, but also what we needed from each other.
The first few months home with a newborn are hectic and you tend to immediately be in survival mode where your only goal is to care for that tiny little human you’ve brought home. I remember how hard it was to adjust to the immediate lack of sleep and also being bombarded by so much information and advice on the “proper” sleep habits and routine for a newborn… I was always worried if she was sleeping too much, or not enough, how many times was normal for her to feed, wet a diaper, and so on. It was endless days of counting and recording habits and it felt so unnatural and foreign to me. The one thing I realized with Mía was that every baby is so different with their preferences and habits so it doesn’t matter how many articles or books you’ve read, you have to remember to watch and listen to the cues that your child is giving you. Mía was never the baby that went to bed at 6:30-7:00 pm and wake up at 6am… like, EVER! So, once I accepted that fact, I was able to just let her tell me when she was tired and needed to go down and (it wasn't the same time every night) over time we started to see a pattern with her and things went more smoothly. I am excited to have the Fisher-Price Soothing Motions Bassinet for when our second little baby arrives. I know my hands and attention will be divided this time around because I will have a toddler to care for as well as getting to know my new little babe. The bassinet has swaying motions and calming vibrations that mimic a womb-like environment for the little babe and I can already tell Mía is excited to tend to the baby in the bassinet too. I love that the bassinet comes with soothing sounds so it cuts down on the need for another item, like a sound machine. The best part is that the soothing sound machine is detachable and you are able to easily take it with you when you are travelling. This is going to be so helpful for our 3 hour drives to see grandma and grandpa during my maternity leave and it gives me comfort to know that the baby will have familiar sounds for naptime and bedtime when we are away from home. We tested out some of the sounds and Mía was getting soothed so maybe I will have to see if playing the sounds from the bassinet will help with nap time… wishful thinking? Probably! I would love to hear from you mamas and papas that have multiple kiddies and hear if their sleep habits were similar or drastically different. Jon and I are so excited to have our little nugget fill this bassinet but we are even more excited to get to know our little babe and to see the sibling bond blossom.