Apologies for the impromptu blog break last week and many thanks for the encouraging words about the M word. I want to reiterate that I haven’t abandoned this blog or living with less. Just working, as I always am, on finding a balance with our possessions and commitments.
The silence last week was mostly positive. We were on our last trip as a family of three and I thought I would have more time for writing and blogging than I did. Most of it was good stuff – the sun, sights, my guys and some books – but one of it was of the bad variety. Getting felled by a 24 hour stomach bug is unpleasant most of the time but doubly unpleasant on your last day in Ibiza. Lucky for me I was shaky but standing the next morning as we headed to Barcelona. It was a great trip and we are so lucky to have the means, and proximity, to travel like this.
Tomorrow I hit the 26th week of my pregnancy. As many mothers of two or more have told me, second pregnancies fly by. I was questioned by a flight attendant about how many weeks I was and had to do some math in my head to give her the answer. FYI Flybe has a policy that pregnant women need a doctor’s note to fly between 28 and 32 weeks. Oops. Had no idea. Glad we didn’t book for a few weeks later…
Since my last update I have:
Made it to prenatal yoga twice. Success!
I’m a fair weather yoga-ist at the best of times. Last time around I went to exactly one prenatal yoga class and found the instructor and setting to be a bad fit for me. The room was cramped and the instructor’s tone and talk were grating. I couldn’t focus and was counting the minutes until it was over.
Looking back I wish I had gone to at least one more class. I’m sure I was having an off day, hormones raging or a trouble at work, and perhaps the class in general was off as well.
This time I put my positive hat on and kept my expectations low and they were blown away. The instructor was fabulous and I felt so calm and relaxed by the end of class that I almost fell asleep during the guided relaxation session.
Second pregnancies not only fly by but there isn’t as much of that quiet bonding with your belly moments. Happy to have 90 minutes a week carved out for just me and this new baby.
Decided not to buy a double stroller.
For a few weeks I mulled over if we needed a new stroller. Our BOB stroller isn’t suitable for infants until 6 months unless you add a car seat attachment. With no car we rely on that stroller for getting around town. The stroller also isn’t suitable for a buggy board or toddler standing board attachment.
While I could easily justify buying a second hand stroller with buggy board I’ve decided to wing it for now.
If this baby is like Henry it will be fine in a carrier (Ergo) or wrap (Moby) for quite a while. Henry can keep his seat in the stroller and when his sibling is old enough to sit in the seat, Henry can hop on the front lip of the stroller for short rides when needed.
If this baby hates being in a carrier we’ll deal with it. I don’t want to buy something for a problem that might happen.
Bought newborn size cloth diapers.
The diapers in the picture above just arrived. I bought them, and a few more, off of swap/buy and sell site.
With Henry we used a diaper service until three months and never needed infant sized diapers. No diaper service on the Isle of Man so I bought about 20 previously owned infant diapers. They’re all in great shape and were less than half of what I would have paid for them new.
Infant diapers are used for such a short time, usually less than 4 months, that it’s hard to justify spending $400-$600 dollars them. Two solutions are to buy pre-owned diapers or inexpensive prefolds. I’ll have a few prefolds in my stash of new born diapers and the rest will be fitteds (used with a cover), all-in-ones and pocket diapers.
These diapers are tiny and when I showed them to Chris it really hit us that we’ll soon have a very small baby here.
And… that’s it.
No wonder first time parents spend a fortune. This newborn checklist looks overwhelming for even a second time mom.
Luckily I already know we don’t need all that stuff.