You guys know that I am always upfront with you, so wanted to let you know that this post is sponsored by Maytag. I received compensation, but all thoughts are my own!
Is it seriously May already?! I cannot believe that our baby boy is due to arrive this month. I guess technically I could go into labor any day now really. Plus, Molly came 8 days early and my doctor keeps telling me that second babies tend to come even earlier. Needless to say, I’m in full on nesting mode at this point! We just finished the nursery, so now I’m in spring cleaning mode. I’m busy organizing all of the little guy’s stuff and getting all his clothes ready for his arrival! So, I thought I would share with you some last-minute things we’re doing to prepare for baby number two!
Anyone who has had a baby before knows that absolutely EVERYTHING needs to be washed! I feel like we had all Molly’s stuff washed and put away three months before she was due. Things change the second time around! You’re much busier and time seems to pass so much more quickly. And, as many of you know, we just moved into a new house a few months ago. It didn’t come with a washer and dryer so we were going to the laundromat for a couple months there. OK OK, Kevin was going to the laundromat. Thankfully, I have an amazing husband and he went every time. But I was in charge of picking out the washer and dryer for the house. I did a lot of research because I wanted to make sure we were getting the best of the best and I ended up deciding on a Maytag front load washer and dryer. Here’s why…
We went with a front load washer instead of top load for multiple reasons. One thing I love about the washer we chose is it has a huge capacity for laundry loads. A new baby means lots of new laundry! It’s unbelievable how many outfits a baby can go through in one day! Plus, now that we have two kids and our own clothes, we know we’ll be washing a lot more at a time. I don’t know about you guys but since I breast-feed, I always wash my clothes with the baby’s clothes in gentle detergent. And since Molly and Kevin will obviously be very close to the baby as well, we will probably wash all our clothes at once with the baby clothes. So we just wanted to make sure we got something that could power through all of our clothes in one load. Our Maytag front load washer is also very efficient on water usage. We love that because one, we’re all about trying to use less water because not only is there a drought in California, but in general we try to use less to help our planet. And using less water means spending less money on our water bill. It’s crazy how high our water bill can get in this new house, so this was a must for us when I was looking for a washer!
I’m not gonna lie though, Kevin has done the majority of the laundry since we got together. I know, I know, how did I get so lucky? However, things have definitely been changing lately because of how busy our lives have gotten so I’m starting to take on more of the chores myself. And laundry is actually something that I’m really starting to enjoy doing! I was a little nervous about the front load washers because I thought I would have to bend down too low being as pregnant as I am. However, another reason we went with Maytag is because they had matching pedestals that you can get to go under your washer and dryer that lift them up higher so you don’t have to bend over as far (and they include drawers for additional storage)!
Oh and one more thing! you can add a bunch of laundry detergent to a compartment in the washing machine and it only uses as much as you need every time you do a load with their Optimal Dose Dispenser. So, you don’t have to guess how much detergent to use each time, which I just think is super cool.
And once we decided on the washer, getting a matching dryer was really just the obvious decision. I didn’t even do a ton of research on it before we got it. However, I will say that after we got it, I’m so loving it! It dries our clothes so fast it’s unreal! It has 7.4 cu. ft. capacity so it fits a ton of clothes and dries them so quickly. But I think my favorite feature on it is that it has a Steam Refresh Cycle. Basically, if you’re like me and forget you left clothes in the laundry and leave for the day, you can come back home and hit the steam refresh cycle and it will help remove odors and wrinkles out of your clothes without you having to rewash them. I can’t even tell you how many times I use this feature! It’s a lifesaver!
So as you can see, getting the Maytag washer and dryer was really a no-brainer for us. And I just wanted to share my review of it with all of you since some of you asked what we decided to get after I did an Instagram story about it a couple weeks ago. Oh and May is actually May is Maytag Month! So, they have a bunch of great deals going on from May 3 through June 6. Check out their site HERE to see all the promotions they have! If you have a Maytag washer and dryer, tell me about your experience in the comments below! Oh and I’ll definitely take any tips on keeping up with infant laundry once this baby arrives.
Setting Up Baby Stuff
We did this before Molly was born so that Owen could get used to seeing all the baby stuff in the house before Molly arrived. That way his world didn’t completely change the day she got home from the hospital. So, we set up the bassinet in our bedroom, put out the nursing pillows on the couch in the living room, set up the rock and play in the living room that the baby would nap in and just in general took out all the things around the house that she would be using. We even took Owen on walks with an empty stroller to get him used to that.
Well, now we need to do that stuff all over again but this time it’s not only for Owen but it’s for Molly too! We just don’t want her to feel like the day the baby gets home, her entire world gets turned upside down. So once again, we’ve started setting up all the baby stuff around the house. It’s funny because she wants to get inside the bassinet to sleep and sit inside the infant car seat when we’re getting in the car. She thinks all her baby brother’s stuff is her stuff. We’re very carefully trying to tell her that all these new things are for her baby brother but we also don’t want her to feel like everything new coming into the house is just for him. So, we’ve also made sure to get her some new things too. We are actually in the process of designing her bedroom in our new house and we purposely planned it so it would coincide with the baby’s arrival so that she felt she was getting new things at the same time a bunch of new things were showing up for her little brother.
We also need to get her a gift from her baby brother. Have you guys heard of doing this? A bunch of people have told me, and I’ve read that it’s a good idea to get the older sibling a gift from the new baby to give them the day the baby is born. Any suggestions? Have you guys done this and was it a good idea? I want the gift to be something she really loves but also something kind of meaningful and sentimental since it’s marking such a big occasion in our lives. Give me all your suggestions!
Clearing my Calendar
I will be the first to admit that I took on way too much in April. Honestly, there were points that I got so stressed out that I would break down in tears and cry so hard that I honestly felt like I was hurting or stressing out the baby. I legitimately had a conversation with my OB/GYN asking her if I could possibly be hurting the baby because I was under so much stress. Thankfully, she told me that the baby is pretty well protected in there from any outside stressors and the only time my stress would really affect him is if I wasn’t sleeping or eating well because of my stress levels. Luckily, I sleep pretty well and have no trouble eating at all, so I think our little guy survived April with me relatively unscathed. However, I just didn’t like the person I was because I was so overwhelmed. Have you guys been there?
So for me, I promised not only myself, but Kevin as well, that I was really going to try to cut back on things. On everything really! Work commitments and social commitments. I just needed the chance to look at my calendar and not see one thing scheduled for the week. Well, except for my weekly prenatal appointment since at this point I’m going to the doctor every week until the baby arrives. As we all know, once this little guy gets here there’s going to be very little time for us to have to ourselves and it’s going to be chaos for a while. I’m not sure I’m prepared to have two kids under two for a hot minute but I guess it doesn’t matter if I feel prepared or not. It’s happening!
Well that’s all I’ve got. I still can’t believe that he’s going to be here so soon. Even though I’m trying to prepare I still just feel so totally unprepared! I feel way less prepared for the second baby then I did for our first baby. Is that normal? You’d think that I would feel like I have it down since I’ve done it before. And please share any tips that you guys have for preparing for baby number two in the comments below!