I can’t believe we’re one day away from delivering our 5th baby! When I go out with my preggo belly, people tend to ask me if this would be my first, and I really enjoyed letting them know that it would be my fifth because of the shock in their faces.
I realize that people might think we’re on the crazy side for having so many kiddos, but we’ve really loved raising our kids and seeing them grow into the little individuals they’re becoming.
We know that bringing another baby to our family of 6 isn’t going to be a small task. So we’ve been very thoughtful in preparing our family, our kids, our lifestyle to welcome our 5th baby without getting into too much anxiety.
HOW WE PREPARED OUR FINANCES
Making extra and saving! We’ve had to ramp up our woodworking side gig, months prior to our due date. There have been long weeks of pushing through after our day job, making, building, painting to make extra cash to save up for a cushion in our finances. We did this through our Facebook marketplace sales and made quite a bit more to save.
HOW WE PREPARED OUR KIDS
Getting them used to chores and a reward system! We know that with our time taken up with work and making extra money, we would need some help to maintain and keep our house in order. And this is why you have multiple kids! So you can put them to work : D
Since they’ve been out of school for summer break, we’ve implemented the reward system again. They’ve been helping with washing the dishes, watering the plants, folding their own laundry, vacuuming and sweeping, sometimes even making their own meal. With me anticipating being busy with the new baby, I’ve taught Hannah to give Sara a bath and Sara LOVES having her sister to play with during bath time. Gabe has also helped with sanding planters when we had to get more of them done.
We’ve been very proud of how much they’ve stepped up to help keep up with all the demands of our busy lifestyle. We wouldn’t have been able to do it without them.
HOW WE PREPARED FOR BABY’S COMING
Our littlest Sara has been sleeping with us in our bed. So one of the things that must happen before baby gets here is to move her out of our bed and into her own room. We’ve set up her play room to be her room as well, but since she’s still not used to sleeping on her own, we’ve decided to let her sleep with Hannah and it’s been working out well.
We also remember how much diapers babies go through! So with any extra money we bring in, Patrick’s been really good at stocking up our diaper and wipes supply. This would help us not to stress about this stuff once baby arrives.
MOST IMPORTANT OF ALL
In the midst of all the work and preparation, we also made sure that we keep checking in with the kids on how they feel about the new baby coming. We talk about our expectations, their feelings about it, things they would love to do for baby when she gets here, etc. We also want to make sure they know how much we love each one of them. When we come home with the new baby, I’m planning on giving them a special shirt gift each that says “Big Sister” or “Leveling Up to Big Bro Again” to give them a sense of ownership in their roles. Here’s what I got them.
But as much as we’ve planned and prepared, we would not have been able to do this without the prayers and support of our family and friends. We’ve been praying for my health and the baby’s health just about every day since we found out we’re pregnant. The medical field is so good at reminding you of your “advanced age” and the risks involved in carrying a baby at a later age, enough to make any mom worry or depressed. I’ve always had hypertension with every pregnancy and we’ve had to do a lot of close monitoring and avoiding any additional stress on my part. But God has been watching over us, and reminding us that He’s got this, and has helped us overcome many of the worries and health concerns. We trust that she would come at His perfect timing and the way He intended.