Learning the ropes

Our hospital offers a Sibling's Class so that the "big brothers and big sisters to be" can get an idea of how life will change once a new baby comes into their lives.  I wasn't going to do it, but in the end changed my mind after thinking it wouldn't be a bad idea.  (At least they can't blame me years from now that I didn't prepare them!)

They had to bring a picture of them as a baby and a doll or stuffed animal with them.  It was nice - first each child (there were about 10 of them) walked around the room with the instructor and showed their baby picture to everyone while the parents told a special thing about them as a baby.  I said that Maddie was wide eyed and just loved to look at everything around her.  Katie was a screamer and a climber.  Both of those hold true to this day!

Then they got the chance to practice diapering their dolls.

They both loved this part and took it sooooo seriously.  Good!  Because anytime they want to step in with this new little one is fine by me!

They watched a cute little movie that showed a new big brother and all the changes that were happening in his house.  The instructors went over how to hold a baby ("Never pick up the baby!") and all the things that the baby couldn't do that they COULD.  Like eat ice cream.  I have a feeling there are going to be lots of ice cream requests over the summer!

We also got a tour of the new Maternity Ward - no pictures allowed.  It's all brand new, even from when I was there four years ago.  I did manage to get a single room to myself last time, mostly because I had twins, but now ALL the rooms are singles!  Whoo hoo!  I don't share well. 

Andy slept on a cot for 4 nights last time and now there is a nice built in couch/window seat for him.  He's excited about that. 

I had a C-Section with the girls, but only because Katie was breech and she was first.  So I am going for a VBAC this time and my OB is all for it.  I told him that if it looks like things aren't going well and I need to have another C to just wheel me on in.  I want to try for the VBAC, but I'm not being stupid about it.

Another new thing with this one is that we are using cloth diapers.  But that's a whole 'nother post!


Becca's Dirt said...

Looks like the girls were getting into it. Obviously they love their babies. They will make wonderful big sisters. I bet they will be helpful too. Now I haven't heard anyone mention cloth diapers in a very long time. Saves money and probably reduces rashes.

Coop said...

You GO GIRL! I guess as a mom of multiples, you have to prepared for everything! And I think you can't prepare your girls enough for this, although they seem very well-adjusted anyway. I am following your updates religiously until Baby #3 comes!!

Dawn said...

i like that it can be a family affair! and lucky you... a nice new place!

~~Mel~~ said...

I bet you had a blast watching the girls be 'little mommies' to their dollies! So cute!

Audrey Lois said...

Loved reading this entry on preparing for Baby C#3!

Safire said...

Looks like you guys are preparing as best you can! And I wish I had someone to help with the diapers. :)