One of the things that I’m preparing for already is recovering from my c-section, once the baby is born. Last time, I was in my early 20’s (young enough to bounce back with little effort!) and having Sausage in the neo-natal intensive care unit meant that I was backwards and forwards to the hospital and healing just kid of happened because it had to. I was so single minded about being there for Sausage that everything else took care of itself, something for which I’m really grateful.

This time, I’ll be almost 30 when the baby is born, I’m hoping to have a fairly ‘in-and-out’ hospital stay as my c-section will be planned and I’ll be home and caring for a baby (plus Sausage) in no time. Also, my SPD is worse this time around, as is my back pain, so my ‘changing mat on the floor’ method of dealing with Sausage’s nappies just won’t work! That’s why I’m going to be investing in one of these (from Childrens Bed Shop):

changing unit

As well as giving us some much-needed storage for the new babies’ things, the top is a changing unit, ¬†which means I won’t need to bend too much when I’m changing her nappies. I can keep the top drawer stocked with nappies, wipes, cotton wool, Sudocrem and all the other things I’ll need for keeping her clean and dry, and it’ll save me scrabbling around trying to do it on the floor.

Changing units are also great for after the bath, and I’m a huge fan of baby massage, so I will definitely be using this to lay my new daughter on after her bath to give her some soothing rubs before bedtime. Sausage suffered terribly with constipation as a baby and baby massage is the only thing that helped, so it’s something I’m planning to do from the offset this time.

Once they both get older, we may even think about Steen children’s bunk beds, but that’s a long way in the future for now!

Do you have any tips for me on how I can manage with a baby, a five year old and a second c-section wound? I’d love to hear them!