Let's talk about packing the OTHER hospital bag! My best tip to get ready for baby #2 is by making a special hospital bag for the older sibling!! We packed a little bag for him to bring to the hospital when he came to meet our new baby. It had a set of stacking blocks, a new notebook & markers for coloring, a book, some stickers, and a book (Laugh Out Loud Baby). We also included a little snack for him to nibble on; it doesn't need to be a sweet treat- we did olives and salami, something that would last in his belly. After he was done checking out the baby and moving my hospital bed up & down, he opened up his bag and was able to just hang out while the rest of us ooh-ed and ahh-ed over the baby.
We've successfully made it through 3+ weeks as a family of four. I'm not going to talk about sleep because I don't want to jinx it ;) The little one is a trooper, as most second babies have to be. I've been trying to post daily photos on our Flickr site. Some of our construction is done - we've moved back into our room (see first photo!) and it's lovely!! We made the pom-pom mobile before he was born as one of the advent calendar activities! I'm very happy with how it turned out! And the green "bed" is a total IKEA hack that I made!! It's from an under-bed storage container that I added padding and bedding too!! Woohoo :)
Here are a few recent favorites.