This post was sponsored by @GBChildUsa as part of an Influencer Activation for Influence Central. I received the GB Lyfe Pram Travel System to facilitate my review.
Bringing in a new little person into your family is stressful. Bringing in a second little one into your family can be even more stressful. I’ve talked about my concerns with adding another little guy to our family, and now as the months, weeks, and days are winding down, I’m taking action to making myself feel a little more prepared for our second son’s impending arrival. Preparing for baby number 2 can be a daunting task, especially if you’ll soon have 2 under 2 like myself. Hopefully, this glimpse into what we’re doing will help you find ways to feel more prepared yourself!
How I’m Preparing for Baby Number 2
–Taking stock of what we have leftover from Ryan. I saved a decent amount of the things we used with Ryan. If it was in decent shape, not stained or holey, we kept it and it’s sat in a box in his closet waiting for the next baby Wieboldt to come along. Sometime between months 7 and 8, I started going through the boxes of clothes, throwing out anything I had saved that I wouldn’t use, (apparently I was very nostalgic with Ryan’s clothes – I kept a lot of stained things!) and making detailed notes (okay, a list with tallies.) on what we had so I could figure out what was needed. Same goes for equipment – take it out, clean it up, decide if you need to replace it. This way, you’re not scrambling to clean/assemble/buy things last minute.
–Working on the blog. Two weeks ago, I shared a post on how to prepare your blog for a baby (or another type of extended leave) so I won’t go too much into, but having a method and a game plan for knocking out posts and scheduling content has taken a lot of the impending newborn + toddler + blog stress away!
–Meals for Ryan. In the past few weeks, I’ve been trying to make Ryan individual things that I can freeze. I know that it was stressful feeding myself the first few weeks. Adding in an always hungry toddler seems like it’s going to be a big hurdle. So far I’ve focused on things like eggs, baked oatmeal cups, and pancakes. Breakfasts are always stressful since Ryan seems to wake up starving, so I figured making those meals a little easier would be great. I hopefully will be making a big batch of chicken (shredded or grilled – doesn’t matter) and freezing individually for dinners, and maybe a batch of chili and individually frozen servings of rice. It may be wishful thinking, but I think it will really help in the first weeks while I get used to dealing with the baby and Ryan by myself.
–A gift for Ryan. We actually already bought and ‘gave’ Ryan his real present – a Strider Bike and helmet. (To be honest, Alex really just wanted to get it so I justified it by calling it a big brother present.) I also got him a coloring book to bring and give to him at the hospital. It’s nothing big, but from what I understand a present “from the baby” (even if Ry won’t make that correlation) will make him accept the new baby a little easier. If nothing else, it will entertain him while he and Alex visit me.
–GB Stroller. Having 2 under 2 is obviously going to pose a bit of an issue in terms of getting around. When you’re one person, 2 kiddos is a lot. Enter GB Lyfe. This thing is SO COOL you guys. First, it’s your typical infant car seat. Super fashionable, the GB Asana LTE infant car seat holds babies 4-35 pounds. (GB actually manufactures 2 out of every 3 strollers sold in the US and Europe for other well-known juvenile brands, and is a well-respected brand in Europe, now branching out to the US.)
Then comes the actual stroller, the GB life. It converts to 4 different modes of use, holding children up to 50 pounds. Use it with the car seat for easy transport to and from the car, an elegant European style pram, (I can’t be the only one who has always admired these!) as well as a forward or parent-facing seat when your child can sit up with a 4 position recline. This makes it perfect for families like mine! I can keep one stroller in the car and be ready for anything – be it pushing along the car seat while Ryan plays at the park or wearing the baby and pushing along Ryan for a trip to the zoo. No need to keep a car seat caddy and a big kid stroller in your trunk “just in case”!
You guys, this travel system is amazing. It’s perfect for families of all sizes since it can grow with your child. There are so many other awesome features to this stroller that I haven’t even touched on. Head over to your local Babies “R” Us or Babiesrus.com to find out more about this awesome travel system.
–Soaking in every last moment as a family of 3. I’m doing my best to soak in every little second of (relative) calm in our family before this new guy makes his appearance. I’m holding Ryan a little tighter, basking in quiet moments, and appreciating one on one time with Alex. I know that our little family will only benefit from our new addition, but it’s hard to not feel a little loss. So I’m just soaking it all in and trying to remember every moment and nuance.
Moms of 2 or more – how did you prepare before your newest addition came? Anyone have some great individual meals for the freezers? Let me know in the comments!
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