3 Questions Before Baby Number 2: Rooms Prep and Water Birth Option??
Being pregnant with baby number 2 gives cause for pause. And consideration about what steps need to be taken in a practical sense to be prepared, or at least, pre-prepared. I recently wrote about finding out the baby’s gender (just about 4 weeks away!) which will help greatly with the baby clothing situation.
1) Getting baby’s room ready.
SuperBoy co-slept with us for about 3 months until he no longer wanted to nurse at night and in fact, don’t kill me with jealousy, he stopped waking up every 3 hours and slept about 8. This baby will sleep with us for a few months, so the actually sleeping arrangements aren’t as crucial to me as the baby’s nursery.
Do I really need to have it all set up ahead of time? Well, for organization’s sake, it would be nice to have all infant clothing in one chest of drawers, a place to stash the cloth diapers (we’re doing round two with Do Good Diaper Service–love ’em as evidenced by our discussions of them in the world of cloth diapering and why to cloth diaper), and a place for baby to nap that’s quiet and away from SuperBoy.
So that means moving him to his bigger boy room next door to his current nursery, and doing so with enough lead time that he doesn’t associate baby with stealing his space, right?
2) Getting SuperBoy’s new room ready.
We already striped the wallpaper & repainted the room that used to have floral wallpaper and pastel blue curtains. Now the walls are a very gender neutral green and I still have to figure out curtains. When you live in Minnesota and in an almost 100-year-old-house, and have radiant heat, shades don’t cut it for keeping the heat in. It’s like a medieval mead hall that needs wooly curtains.
Right now it is a pseudo guest room/play room. The big person bed is still in there for our Christmas guests (yay!) but we’ve added a ton of SuperBoy’s blocks, books, and toys to it to make it a “fun” room for him. Hat tip to my eldest sister for her insights on this whole gradual transition thing.
The other big question is do we keep a 22 month old in a crib (so buy another one) or move to a twin bed low to the ground? How do you keep an unhappy I’m-too-tired-to-nap child in a bed without bars?
3) Decide on water birth or no.
Right now, after the hospital tour, we weren’t sold on the water birth idea. I thought it looked like I couldn’t really PUSH off anything or anyone, and the thought of having to get up/down/in/out was not appealing. Similarly, AA didn’t see that he could play as active a role as he did with J in our unmedicated hospital birth. We had done a lot of preparation ahead of time last time with Bradley exercises and reading about birthing positions. I really liked being able to move around a lot during labor. The water tub seems to obviate some of that (though I realize you can wait to get in until you’re in active active pushing labor). I did have the blood tests done to clear me for it if we changed our minds.
Any of you have water birth I-loved-it or I-hated-it experiences?
Three questions I need insights on: 1) when to transition toddler to new room? 2) what kind of bed to have in new room? and 3) water birth, love or hate?