Saturday, January 12, 2019

Getting Ready for Baby...

I can't believe we only have a few or so weeks until our baby arrives! It really has gone by so fast this time around--having twin 5 year olds sure does keep one busy and occupied.

I've felt great so far and really enjoyed this pregnancy. It's been smooth and so much easier than my twin pregnancy--I'm praying it stays that way! We took some impromptu maternity photos recently when it snowed here in NC. My husband and I may have been a little crazy running out in the middle of the snowstorm but I think we got some pretty shots to document this precious little one growing inside :)

Still, we have managed to find time to prepare for this new little one in the most basic ways. I thought I would share with you all the ways we have prepared (early on) for the new baby in our house. I hope this may help some readers out there who are wondering what and when to do the things for preparation of a new little one when you already have young children and most of what you need.

Since we are keeping the baby in our master bathroom (attached to our bedroom) likely for the first six months to one year, we didn't have to worry about a "proper" nursery. We simply set up the crib, changing table, diaper pail and hamper in the area where a bathtub would normally go (but we had left empty).

My mom got me this wonderful changing table on sale from Pottery Barn that can double as shelving for when the baby gets a little older.  I outfitted it with some baskets from HomeGoods to hold things like diaper changing necessities, clothes, blankets and extra crib sheets, wipes, and many other things.

The crib fits perfectly in this little nook beside our shower. On the wall I hung some baskets that we used in the girls' nursery to hold diapers so they are within easy reach. The hamper is also new from HomeGoods.

Upstairs in our guest bedroom (we aren't sure where the baby's room will end up being yet), we have added the baby armoire and stocked it with most of what we already had on hand in terms of blankets, crib sheets, clothes, bibs, socks, and any other baby necessity that would normally fit in a dresser.

I started early in the second trimester pulling everything out of the attic, sorting through it, washing anything that could be washed and putting it away. I organized and cleaned anything we had saved that we could reuse for this baby, including things like breast pump containers, bottles and feeding supplies, baby seats and carriers, and baby toys and books.

Each week I did a little bit more until most of the work was completed. I don't like to procrastinate, and I decided it would be better to go ahead and get as much as I possibly could done when I was still feeling up to it rather than wait until late in the third trimester when I may not be feeling so great.

Next I began making a list of things that we would need new and I created a small Amazon baby registry. Some things we added we did not have for the girls and we decided would be nice to have for this baby, and other things we needed new of that we had either lost or needed to replace.

In our living room, I cleared out a bookshelf to house baby books and used one of our cabinets to hold baby toys since the baby will probably be playing downstairs quite a bit the first year. In our bedroom, we moved the glider from upstairs to a corner in our bedroom and replaced where it was in the girls' room with another armchair.

Some friends of ours and my sister-in-law hosted a lovely baby Sprinkle for us which was so nice! We received a lot of needed items and some new fun things for this baby girl--she is already so loved :)

We are excited to meet our baby girl soon and our daughters are looking forward to being big sisters! I'm being monitored for any signs of preeclampsia considering I had it with my twins last pregnancy, but so far everything looks great (for which I'm so thankful!). Praying things will go smoothly during labor and delivery and that we will have a healthy baby and mama :)


  1. You look great! Best wishes for a safe delivery for baby girl.

  2. Lovely pictures of you pregnant in the snow, sounds like your ready and anxious, praying it all goes well.

    1. Thank you, Marlene. We had fun taking the photos. We sure are ready--thank you for the prayers!

  3. So excited for you! It's crazy how different the second pregnancy is--and especially for you since this one is more "typical" with only one baby. I hope it's as relaxed and joyous as possible.

    1. Thank you so much, Diana. This pregnancy has been way easier that is for sure. We are more and more ready each day to meet this baby!