Robert and Alora-Sara are 7 years apart. Granted I had Robert in high school it was a “starting all over again” situation. Not only starting over but BAM I was given a girl! I decided to breast feed as well, something I did not do with Robert because at that time not only was I put to shame because I was 17 with a child but they were making me go back to school 3 weeks after birth. Yea WTG public school. Anyway there was a lot of changes 7 years later. I mean EVERYTHING changed as well. Which is weird? I mean everything “improves” and becomes better.
Car seats changed BIG. I was all confused. Robert’s carriage and car seat was bought at Brandlees. Yea that shows age right there! “New and Improved” bought there! Anyway his car seat held 15 pounds and was so small. My son was 9 months old when he was to big for this infant seat. Alora-Sara well there was SO many choices at the Baby Stores! I ended up with a infant seat that held up to 33 pounds and 33 inches! YUP LOVE IT! Alora-Sara was tiny so she was in hers till the age of 2! Which is amazing! That was a huge change!
Diapers. well everything is “cloth” now. And like it say in my “about us” section we are not “crunchy” at all! Give me a damn huggy and send me on my way. Carrying around poop in my diaper bag is NOT appealing to me, even if it hangs out in a wet bag.
Breast feeding was still frowned upon with Robert in 2000 and even in 2007 it was still not as popular as it is now. Yes I did it. I sometimes wonder if Alora-Sara was so tiny because I breast fed her and bottled Robert? But our Pedi says no. So I guess not.
“Wearing Your Baby.” WTH is that? Both my kids didn’t have that! Look! They are still trying to get back into my vagina with all their cuddles and love. So I don’t think “wearing” a baby makes it any different.
Wait wasn’t this post suppose to be about surviving a new baby after a long period of time between the next!? Ok here is my out spoken opinion.
Oh look my oldest is 10. Here oldest I want to sleep leave me alone and take the baby, wake me up when she needs a boob. Ok there ya go. Hey oldest I need a cup of coffee you remember how to use the Kureig right? I need to poop! I have not pooped in 3 days, here oldest I want to poop in peace. Oh look I want to watch a trashy soap, here oldest play with them so I can have an hour of peace. Look there is a LOT of new things so here husband and oldest figure them out and tell me how they work, I think the Babies R Us guy is sick of my questions. Oh and oldest I love you still the same! You my oldest are my FAVORITE oldest in the world!
A lot of things change when there is a big gap. Some like products for the better some not at all. It is all in personal choice. I chose to have Robert help me a bit (although I never napped hmmm the next one I will nap.) However mostly my husband and I did the work knowing if we needed a poop break Robert was there to help a bit. We learned about new car seat safety and crib safety by going to classes. Both of which Robert LOVED going to and getting loads of attention!
Well there ya go some of my opinions. Well the ones I can post here without being a “mean” “crazy” “what the hell is she talking about” Mommy.
Do you have children that is a big age gap? How did you survive? What are some of the “changes” you needed to do?