Yes, it’s true. I am pregnant again. I often ask myself what possessed me to put myself through this torture for a third time, but to be completely honest I actually enjoy being pregnant.
Aside from the mood swings and the Braxton hicks and the extreme tiredness, pregnancy is a joyous time. It was a little rough in the beginning because I was craving everything but everything also made me nauseous. But now that I am well into my second trimester, I am back to my old self again and I can enjoy the life growing inside of me.
Now that all of the sappy stuff is out of the way. I do have a few concerns about this new addition to my family and reasonably so. My family of four is being promoted to a family of five and we are one step away from a minivan. That’s scary.
Concern Number One: Will my older kids accept this new baby.
My youngest daughter is spoiled beyond repair and I’m afraid she won’t be too happy to find out that someone is coming who will need some of my attention. I had a little trouble getting my oldest and my youngest accustomed to each other and I’m a bit afraid that I will have double the trouble with this child.
My oldest daughter doesn’t want a baby if it’s not a pink baby. She’s going through a phase right now where she only wants pink. Pink eating utensils. Pink underwear. Pink bows. Pink everything. How do I tell my daughter that I can’t make a pink baby? Maybe if I wrap the baby in a pink bow she will be happy with that. I don’t know.
Concern Number Two: Will I grow another set of arms before this baby is born.
After the birth of my second daughter, I was often seen carrying both of my children in each arm. I don’t have three arms and I’m afraid that one of my children will feel left out and a little less loved. This is my biggest fear. I want all of my children to feel equally loved at all times but all mothers of multiple children know that this can be difficult sometimes. I’m just hoping that my older children will be a little more understanding of this situation when the time comes.
There are some things I’m looking forward to with the arrival of our new addition. One thing I’m looking forward to is having a newborn around again. They sleep all day and they smell heavenly. Who wouldn’t want one around? I think every house needs a newborn, at least once. Another thing I’m looking forward to is the bond that my children will have. My daughters have grown so close over the last year and every day I’m amazed at how much they love each other and how they show their love for each other.
I’m just excited to see how this change will affect us as a family. I know it’s going to be good, and I know that this little one will be a blessing to all of us. Please share your tips on handling three children under four if you have any. I need all of the advice that I can get.