Ha! I knew that title'd get your attention.
So first, do you like my new header? I did it myself. I think it turned out really fun. It wasn't what I was expecting to do, but I think it's so fun, I decided not to change it. Supposedly there are 192 photos in it.
Now back to the point at hand....
No. We don't have a new baby at our house, and actually as I got to looking at #7 this morning, I realized that my baby days are over. She's so big, and I swear she's grown at least three inches in the past week or two. Ugh!
As I looked at her, I got to thinking about a few things that helped out when we did have a new baby, and I thought I'd take a minute and share them here for anyone who might be heading that direction. If so, CONGRATULATIONS!!! No, I'm not jealous because I figure I'll hopefully have grandchildren within ten years or so, so it's all good. But, I'm VERY happy for you!
When the baby got hungry, I'd simply grab the basket and the baby and go. It made things so much easier.
With my second baby, I had the added challenge of keeping my older child busy and out of trouble while I was feeding her brother. Funny how she'd never been a challenge until he came along. She found that the insides of the kitchen cupboards were fascinating--no joke.
So, here's what I eventually did for her, but more so when younger siblings came along....
There were a couple times when I delegated this to my mother-by-marriage, and she did it as a baby gift to us.
When child #4 came along, though, we did something different. Actually, we did this with child #3 also, but when child #4 came along, my mother-by-marriage did it, and it was fabulous! She went way above and beyond.
When I was doing any of these things for the real baby, they could do the same for theirs. These babies didn't disappear to a top shelf, they were theirs to take care of at all times. I caught some flack about giving my oldest son a doll, but I figured being a good dad has to start some time. Why not at 4-years-old?
These things made life with a new baby fun for everyone. Nobody felt left out because there was always something for them to do. I hope this helps.