Guest Editor: Nicole Vargas, Lillies and León
Photo: Courtesy of Nicole VargasPhoto: Courtesy of Nicole VargasPhoto: Courtesy of Nicole Vargas
Here we are with 10 weeks left to go in my second pregnancy, but baby girl and I are hanging in there! My first pregnancy was a breeze- this time around, though, has proven to be a bit tougher. All day sickness for the first four months and running after a toddler are a terrible combination. So I have been keeping it simple with a few maternity staples like these jeans and this tee – both of which I wear several times a week- sshhh!
However, regardless of the exhaustion, I am so excited to be having a girl! We shared the news with our son early on and up until recently he refused to accept that he was having a sister – he was rooting for a boy. He has slowly, but surely, come around and I can see the excitement growing about bringing home our little girl. As far as preparing him for a new sibling, a friend of mine recommended reading books with him on becoming a big brother. I also talk to him a little each day about his sister and let him feel my belly when she kicks, which he loves.
We don’t want to overwhelm Lucas, our son, with “baby things” though. When she arrives we will have him help with daily tasks in order to make him feel like he is a part of her routine. For example, we are planning to keep a basket of diapers within his reach so that he can help mommy and daddy during changes by passing us her diaper.
When I became pregnant again, if I’m being honest, for a while I suffered from a bit of mama guilt. I’d look at Lucas and think, “He’s not my baby anymore!” I was concerned about him not being our sole focus. As time has gone on, the excitement has grown and the feelings of guilt are fading away. I just can’t wait to see my children together and watch as they form an incredible brother and sister bond. We are absolutely thrilled to have our baby girl join the family!
One of the greatest things about having been pregnant before is knowing what expecting styles I like and also what children’s products I trust. There are just so many I love! A few of my favorites are Hugo loves tiki, Freshly Picked, Zara Kids, Agatha Cub, and Oeuf. I think after the first trimester sickness, I deserve a little retail therapy! -Nicole