With baby #2 due to arrive in approximately 6 weeks, the nesting instinct is in full swing. Except nesting this time involves digging through our storage and revisiting old lists rather than going on a (whatwasbasicallyablind) shopping spree at Buy Buy Baby on Seventh Avenue. On one hand, I feel so comforted having been through this. On the other, I have yet to meet a person (and there have been several) who also have babies approximately 20 months apart who haven't said "Oh, it's so great; they play together and are great friends growing up" without preceding it with "It's really hard the first few years. Like, really hard." I haven't had the guts to ask for details but seeing as I was up with Isabelle 3 times last night, I can imagine. On the bright side, the way I see it is at least I haven't gotten used to full nights of sleep, diaper-less days, or life without a little body on my hip, arm or leg.
As I'm digging through my stash of pre-baby wisdom imparted to me by friends last time around, I thought I'd post these two handy lists. These may come in especially handy during those early days when I'm reminded that mama-of-a-newborn brain is actually worse than pregnancy brain.