You’ve heard this saying before. It takes a village to raise a child. This is such an incredible statement and so true! My husband and I are so very thankful to have such a supportive network of friends and family. Before, during and after the birth of little Miss Mya, our “village” has been helping us so much!
First of all I have to say that before Mya was born, I went through all those normal fears of how will I have time for both children, my husband, my dog, work, my life and oh yeah, taking a shower! It’s been just a few weeks and so far it’s all happening…nothing is perfect but it’s happening and it WOULD NOT be happening if it weren’t for the support of our “village.”
Here are some things that our “village” has done to help us make the transition from a family of 3 to a family of 4.
We have had numerous friends bring us meals and our freezer is totally stocked with goodies from my Freezer Meal Co-Op Group.
While my Mom stayed with us, she made us some incredible snacks and meals that were perfect in those first few exhausting days. One of our favorite treats she made was this recipe for Energy Bars.
While we were at the hospital, Miss Ava stayed with my In-Laws.
They baked cookies.
Went for boat rides. Swimming, nature hikes, played dress-up and I’m sure she wasn’t spoiled one single bit!
When Miss Ava came back home with us, my Mom was staying with us for a few days. Which translates into more fun and excitement!
Her very own baby doll with a baby carrier! The doll has diapers and outfits, brushes and all kinds of things that Ava can help her baby with while I help our new baby. By the way, I’ve decided that baby-wearing is the ONLY way to handle a new baby and a 3-year-old! My choice is the Moby Wrap and the Ergo Baby.
They planted a fairy garden.
Complete with a pond, swing set and bird houses. Ava has so much fun looking out the window in the morning to see if any fairies came during the night.
Simple pleasures like homemade cranberry slushies are perfect.
We have also had people send us incredible gifts and treats for the girls. Like silly music CD’s, aprons, teddy bears and all kinds of goodies. Let’s be honest…a new package or card to open can keep a 3-year-old fascinated and occupied for hours…okay, sometimes it’s only minutes but a box can be pretty entertaining!
Thank you, Thank you, Thank you to everyone for all of your help, support, thoughts, prayers, phone calls and messages during this exciting time for our growing family!