When Annie Krusznis gave birth five years ago, she expected to sacrifice some sleep in the early months of parenthood. She rejoiced the first time her son Will slept through the night, thinking her sleep woes were over. She didn’t know that she would endure three more years of insomnia while he slept peacefully in his crib.
Do you find it impossible to take a shower, work at your desk or even use the bathroom without your little one tagging along, or crying if you leave the room without him? This aspect of separation anxiety is very common. The good news is that all children eventually outgrow this phase, but you can move things along by using some of the following ideas:
When Julie Barrow learned she was expecting her second child, her friends decided to throw her a baby shower. But Barrow, already mom to a toddler son, Austin, said she didn’t want friends shelling out big bucks for baby necessities she already had. So Barrow suggested a secondhand shower, where her mom friends could pass on goodies their own babies had outgrown.
I am the oldest of five children, but when asking my mom how she prepared us for the new arrival, she couldn’t recall – but hey, it’s been 25 years since her last child was born.
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