Maternity leave is well under way and I have to say I am enjoying it!
Even with the nesting that has kicked in, meaning I am wanting to do much more than I can actually manage each day. Partly because I am 8 months pregnant and partly due to my CFS. So I have a giant To Do list pinned to our fridge with realistic targets on it and the promise of a treat after each list is finished. The current one has only 1 thing left on it and then I’m booking a much needed eyebrow wax!
Maternity leave has been helped by the fact Izzy has been an absolute delight, her excitement at her baby sister arriving is really infectious and she has been involved in all the preparations (including naming her sister, something that happened by accident but that we love because she is so involved now). One of my biggest concerns is sibling jealousy. I hated my sister when she arrived and I mean hated. I was 3 years and 3 months when she landed in my world and I can still remember the burning rage I felt towards her for ruining everything. It actually scares me, mostly because Izzy really is a mini me. She will be 4 years and 2 months when her sister arrives so I am hoping the extra year will help. Plus she is such a good natured child and can be reasoned with surprisingly well! We have gone into a lot of preparation with her about what having a new baby in the house will mean, crying, not doing much, Mummy feeding etc. We hope that this will help her in those early days when everything is a whirlwind. My husband knows his paternity leave is there to focus on Izzy first and us second. My Mum will be helping out again like last time (and maybe even my Dad too which is super exciting) and we have already been told (by Izzy) that they have to come see her pre-school as she wants to show them everything.
Another tactic we have used is to assign Izzy certain tasks she can help with, as I’m planning to breastfeed she is in charge of bringing the muslins, she is keen to be involved in nappy changes so has packed and re-packed the changing box in the living room several times!
All in all we can hope that the baby lives up her to expectations and fingers crossed there is minimal sibling jealousy.