My friend Melissa has this week’s question, and it’s a goody. Please comment below if you have any helpful tips, this topic is such a big one – not that I want to freak you out Melissa tee hee.
Becoming a mum of two?
I’m about to enter a whole new level of parenting…becoming a mum of two! While you may think that I’d have this whole parenting thing down pat (after all, I have been Mum to Ashley for 2.3 years now) there are times when the thought absolutely terrifies me.
I’ve accepted the fact that there’ll be days that my house will look like a bomb’s hit it, that my trips to the shops will perhaps become more than a little manic and even the fact that there will be some days that I don’t shower until midday…or worst case not at all! The bit that I’m really worried about is how miss Ashley will cope with the change of having a new baby in our lives. Don’t get me wrong, Ashley adores babies and she’s a right mother hen when it comes to friends’ babies – kissing, cuddling and fussing all over them and while I’m sure it’s going to be just as exciting when her wee brother/sister arrives, I’m sure that the novelty of it may wear off pretty quick when baby starts taking up big chunks of ‘my mama’s’ time.
Like a lot of second time mums that I’ve spoken to, I guess I feel slightly guilty that Ashley, who has had my sole undivided attention her entire life, will now have to share that attention and when you think about breastfeeding approximately every three hours, 8-10 nappy changes a day, plus bonding time, that’s a lot of sharing for a little one!
I’ve heard of people introducing a special toy that only comes out when you’re breastfeeding and having your toddler help gather items for a nappy change but what are some of the other tips and tricks you can recommend to help me balance becoming a mum of two?