Hit 35 weeks today! It’s the final countdown, woohoo!
The baby seems simultaneously light years away and coming way too quickly. While I am as uncomfortable as I look, after two children, I am fully aware that this is the easy part.
Once this baby comes, our whole lives shift yet again. Everything gets just a tad bit more complicated–childcare, work, grocery shopping, breastfeeding, diaper changing, heck, just getting out the door.
For the most part, I have everything set for the new baby. It helps that we have all of our “big” stuff in gender-neutral colors, so I just have to pull it out and dust if off. I never actually put away some of the stuff from last time (whoops), so the playpen, bassinet, and baby swing are happily waiting in Mya’s closet.
Which brings me to one of the biggest obstacles to tackle for the baby comes:
Getting the girls to share a room.
We have two kids’ bedrooms–Ada is one with a full big-girl bed and Mya in the other, still in the crib. Obviously, this will not sit well when we need the crib for the little man.
I had absolutely no problem with jealousy of any kind with Ada. She happily and willingly shared everything with Mya and helped me in every way from the start. We moved her out of a crib and into a toddler bed sometime after Mya was born, re-arranged her room several times, and even ended up getting a new bed a few weeks later–didn’t phase her a bit. Apparently, she is a lot like me and isn’t bothered by change whatsoever.
Mya on the hand…is going to present a problem.
Every morning she wakes up, happily snuggled in her crib, and looks lovingly around her room.
“My crib,” she says, patting her mattress.
“My stickers,” she says, gazing at the brown and pink wall decals.
“My room,” she finishes with, gesturing grandly over her small kingdom.
Our attempts to gradually introduce them to the concept of sharing a room together haven’t been all too successful. While I am not rushing the process, as I know the baby will not actually need the crib for a few months (we’ll keep him in our room for the first few months for ease of nursing sake), part of me wants the switch-over established before the baby comes to avoid any jealousy.
I’ve started small, having them in Ada’s room for bedtime stories every night, and we’ve even tried letting Mya sleep in there a few times. To no avail. Every night always ends with cries for “her crib.”
Plus, the truth is, she just sleeps so much better in there, I’m hesitant to rock the boat too much. Then there is the small fact that Mya still naps and Ada doesn’t. Usually I make Ada have some “quiet time” in her room while Mya sleeps, so I’m not sure what I’ll do with Ada then if Mya has to nap in a shared bedroom.
The dilemmas of a mother’s life, right?
My grand idea thus far is to get them both excited about “their room” and make it a big deal by re-arranging it and sprucing it up a bit. Ben had the genius idea of turning the small storage loft they have, currently covered by a small door over Ada’s dresser, into a fabulous reading loft.
I am so jealous I didn’t think of it. It’s the perfect size, really. I would have loved something like that when I was little–my own little reading space? Heaven.on.earth.
So that’s the plan for this drizzly weekend, I’m hoping we can start painting (and by that, I do mean, I hope Ben will climb up there and paint. Ahem.) and get the girls excited about the project.
Anyone else have any ideas?
Should I try to get them sharing a room before the baby comes??