Preparing for Punkin has been TOTALLY different. For one thing, we already have baby stuff. We knew we wanted more kids so we saved most of the baby gear. The co sleeper go peed on by a kitty so that got tossed but we probably wouldn’t have used it again anyway (though it would have been nice to sell to recoup some of the cost…oh well!) The crib is now Munchkin’s full size big girl bed but we’re not crib people so we’re not missing it. The swing was a hand me down and worked ok. We didn’t use it a lot. The seat part was detachable and can be used as a rocking chair and we still have that but we got rid of the swing part because it stopped working. If we decide we want one we’ll get it when we need it. Other than that, we have everything we need for a new baby:
Bouncy Chair? Check
Breast Pump? Check
Bibs, burp cloths, changing pad? Check
Baby girl clothes? Check
OS Cloth Diapers, covers, fitteds, prefolds, and cloth wipes? Check
Infant toys and cloth books? Check
High Chair? Check
There were a few things that I have gotten for Punkin. Even though we already had baby girl clothing, Nana and I couldn’t stop ourselves from buying Punkin a few things. Plus, Munchkin was born in the summer so I didn’t have a ton of warm clothing for Punkin. So that was a NEED. Then I decided that we were going to start cloth diapering sooner (Munchkin started at 5 weeks) so I purchased premie/newborn prefolds, diaper covers and some newborn All In Ones. We scored a Rock N Play on clearance and I had wanted one so I was excited about that. The big splurge for Punkin was the purchase of a woven wrap. I had wanted one with Munchkin but never wanted to spend the money on one. Since we didn’t have to buy a lot of other items I was able to buy one. It’s used but I love it. I can’t wait to use it! I also purchased a Mei Tai carrier since the one I used with Munchkin was borrowed and I already returned it because I was afraid I would lose it. Munchkin hated it but I’m hoping Punkin will like it, especially since I plan on personalizing it with Duck fabric.
We’ve also been preparing Munchkin for Punkin’s arrival. We talk about Punkin daily and have taken Munchkin to all the ultrasounds. She knows there’s a baby in Mama’s belly. She loves to look at the ultrasound photos. She gives my belly multiple hugs and kisses a day. We’ve read books that talk about being a big sister. She knows that babies cry. Her world is going to be turned upside down but I think she’s going to be ok. So for now, I’m soaking up the time I have left with only one child. I know once Punkin is here I’ll wonder how we ever got along without her.