After much cajoling, pleading and trickery, Milo finally let me pick him up for a Mother's Day photo. He even smiled! I didn't think Chris was going to get the shot, but staying calm and having patience seems to be the key with my little man. He generally doesn't want to do what I want him to, getting dressed, changing his diaper, getting in his car seat, but if I give him enough time and continue asking, eventually he relents willingly and without a fight.
He's too big and strong for me to be forcing him to do things and even though it takes more time and effort to convince him to do something, it's worth it to avoid a fight.
So, on my second Mother's Day, all I can say is how quickly Milo has grown and changed already. It's such a cliche, but it's just so true. In a year he's grown up so much. Here is a photo from my first Mother's Day!
It's hard to believe that NEXT Mother's Day I will have 2 little guys! What fun. I am so excited to have another baby. I'm looking forward to every little milestone that we went through with Milo, but this time doing it with Milo being involved and helping out.
One thing that I haven't been able to quite figure out though is how we are all going to share our space. The boys will be sharing a room, so we will have to figure out how to create spaces for each of them, where they can have toys that are just for them, and spots for their clothes and shoes. Sleeping arrangements are also a bit tricky, I can't figure out whether I want the crib in our room, or in the boy's room. At night we will all end up in our bed, but Milo might need a place where he can go and sleep with Dad if the baby is fussy. I'm thinking that having Milo in a full size bed in his room might be a better idea than his toddler bed. I'm also thinking about switching rooms, so the boys have the bigger bedroom with the attached bathroom with tub, and Chris and I take the smaller room and use the bathroom with the shower in the hall. These are big moves and I think I just have to do it to see how it will work. I've been running it over and over in my head and I think I've gotten as far as I can with that.
Besides thinking about how life will be after the baby arrives, I've been thinking a lot about how I need to prepare for labor and delivery this time around. I did a lot of work the first time around to get ready, taking a class every week for 3 months, reading every book I could get my hands on, meditating every day, resting all the time and really concentrating on eating well and excerise. This time around it seems I don't have as much time to dedicate to mentally and physically preparing, but I need to make a bigger effort. Because I am having a home birth, I must be even more prepared than last time. More on this soon, right now I need to go get some things for Milo's 2nd birthday this weekend!! It's exciting, but again, life with a 2 year old trumps planning for the new baby.