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July 5th, 2011, 10:26 PM
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has anyone experienced this or close to it? how did it go at first? how did you tend to the newborn without having the older one feel neglected? how did you do bedtime?

i am soooooo scarred for when this baby is born that i have panic attacks pretty often. my ds still nurses and needs me to nurse him to sleep at night and naptime so i am worried about what will i do with the baby while i am getting ds to sleep...what if ds wakes up while the baby is awake at night, how will i get him back to sleep while im nursing the newborn. my anxiety is through the roof and hubby is gone at work A LOT and when he isnt at work he is at school so i will be alone with all three kids pretty much 90% of the time.
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July 6th, 2011, 12:39 AM
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i used to have panic attacks when pregnant with Lucas, they were awful, but we always think the worst instead of thinking how good it could be, we think how bad it could be, never ends up being as bad as we imagine.

The gap between lacey and lucas is 22 months and i found that fine, the only thing that was difficult was lacey at the age where she didn't understand what hurts and what doesn't and used to poke lucas eyes and grab his face, so we had to watch her alot around him, that was the only hard bit really, she never felt neglected though she never paid much attention to him until he hit 8 months old unless it was to try poke his eyes out lol.

I am sure you will be fine, you have us all here for support, it is hard being alone with 3 kids somedays when they all whine, but i think on them days you just have to try do whats going to keep you sane even if it means turning the TV on and sticking the older two in front of it, while you hide in the bedroom with baby x
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July 6th, 2011, 05:20 AM
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i used to have panic attacks when pregnant with Lucas, they were awful, but we always think the worst instead of thinking how good it could be, we think how bad it could be, never ends up being as bad as we imagine.

The gap between lacey and lucas is 22 months and i found that fine, the only thing that was difficult was lacey at the age where she didn't understand what hurts and what doesn't and used to poke lucas eyes and grab his face, so we had to watch her alot around him, that was the only hard bit really, she never felt neglected though she never paid much attention to him until he hit 8 months old unless it was to try poke his eyes out lol.

I am sure you will be fine, you have us all here for support, it is hard being alone with 3 kids somedays when they all whine, but i think on them days you just have to try do whats going to keep you sane even if it means turning the TV on and sticking the older two in front of it, while you hide in the bedroom with baby x
I didn't know this was an option!!! I may try it!

I was a complete nervous wreck with overwhelming fear when I was pregnant with Alayna. I worried about everything!!! But it really hasn't been hard AT ALL. I think its good that we worry and stress so much, then when the baby's here anything that would be hard just seems easy compared to what we were imagining.
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July 6th, 2011, 07:25 AM
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Dillan and Chase are 26 months apart. I didn't really have to much trouble though, Dillan never showed jelousy and kept him self busy quite well...I got lucky I guess. I did get him to help me with things like get a diapers pass me the wipes he feld his brother with the bottle on occation too (I only made it to 8 weeks nursing with him). When Chase was sleeping that was time for Dillan and I to play a game, color, bake or even just sit and watch a show together. I also wasn't afraid to take them out of the house we went to the park, play group and play dates.
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