New Baby Coming! Part 1: “The Countdown Chart”

Family, Mothering / Monday, March 28th, 2011

Sleeping Baby Portrait #DarlaDixon
We are expecting our seventh baby in about 2 weeks or less, so there is high excitement around here!  I thought I would take this time to do a small series on preparing for a new little one in the house, as well as some traditions we have developed over the years that make this a very special season.

Over the years as a new little one is expected the dynamic has been constantly changing. When they are all little, they take part with great excitement and wonder.  Now, as my children are getting older, we find even more delight in seeing how involved they are in the preparations and expectation. The worry now on their part is that they won’t get their share of the baby enough.  (Smile)  I certainly am going to have a lot of helpers! They love to feel their little brother moving and kicking and are counting the days until they can love on this little one.

The first tradition I would like to share is our “Count Down Chart”. As I hit my 30th week of pregnancy I create a chart with 10 weeks on it. We take turns crossing off the weeks until our new one’s due date. This time I was sick around the time I normally would have made it.  When I finally put the chart up, we had lots of boxes to check off.  Doing this, is such a fun way to see visually how long we have to go. When I hit 30 weeks I always think of it as the homestretch. Here are pictures of each of my children crossing out a week on our countdown chart.

In my next post, I will share about our Baby Care Class that I do with my children as the time draws near to our siblings arrival.  Stay tuned! And in the meantime, do you have any fun traditions you do at your house to prepare for a new baby?

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