The new baby arrives in just under 6 weeks. I can’t wait. This time around I feel much more prepared for a newborn. Im sure there will be lots of curveballs but the second time around (in theory) should not be as daunting as the first.
So why am I nervous? It’s because of my toddler. She is really attached to me as can be expected from being at home with me for the past three years. Lately though she’s been even more stuck to me than usual. I even had to peel her off me earlier because I couldn’t handle the kissing and hugging. My husband will never understand how I can get tired of the affection but there’s times when I just can’t handle being touched so much and so often. I just need a little space to breathe. I can’t even go to the loo without her standing outside the bathroom door crying like her heart is breaking. What is going to happen when I have a new baby that needs my attention. How am I going to adjust to breastfeeding an infant if there’s a toddler trying to climb into my lap at the same time.
I need to do some research on independent play. At the moment she plays alone but only for about 5 minutes before she comes to find me. I don’t like the idea of scolding her all the time or sending her away coz I’m busy. I know tempers are going to be short from sleep deprivation but she deserves better. I just need to find a way to balance my time so that she doesn’t feel neglected but she also knows that her sister needs time with me too.
Being a parent is tough.