For most, baby steps are just that. Not around these parts...baby steps are big steps especially when it comes to, well, baby stuff. (Appropriately stated, huh?)
We took a big, baby step this weekend.
I hinted to it a little in the last post...we had been shopping and purchased a new travel system for Luke. I am so blessed with family and friends who are joining us in celebrating this new gift and precious baby boy by giving him a couple of showers. Well, along with the showers came the registering. I put it off about as long as I could until I knew the invitations were in the mail and I had to do it. Scott met me at the baby overload superstore that is Babies R Us. I, of course, had my list in hand so that I wouldn't spend too much time getting caught up in there...knowing it would be hard enough. The one big thing that we really needed (so, maybe there were a few more things but my daddy took care of the other ones on our baby shopping spree the other week:)) was a travel system...the whole car seat & stroller combo deal that's imperative that first year.
As most of you know, Annabelle passed from this life to Heaven while in her car seat. It was Wyatt's car seat first and, to save money, we just reused it for her. I have run into it once, on accident, in Scott's office many months ago and just wept over it. Everything is left in it just as it was that morning...her pink blanket, her rattle toys hanging from the handle & her monogrammed pacifier holder with her binky still attached. Scott wrapped it up for us and has put it in the attic so that I don't bump into it again...unless I want to. Since losing Annabelle, I have not been able to look at another baby in their car seat or a car seat just sitting by itself without getting upset. It's been hard. That's why this was a BIG, baby step.
So, getting back to the shopping...I knew that the day was coming where I would have to look at them again and, sigh, pick one out for Luke. Our first attempt at registering went really well, except that I didn't have it in me to go down the car seat/travel system aisles. My better half checked them all out & hit the trigger to register one for us. I finally looked it up on the computer just so I would know.
A couple of months have passed...my heart has been soaring over anticipating another baby boy...and opening all the precious blue gifts has proved to be healing all in itself. We had been given some gift cards and knew just what we were going to use them on...the travel system. We went as a family to take this big, baby step. It went well and I was really thrilled with the one we ended up getting. (It was different from the one we registered for because it's a newer one that they just started carrying and I LOVE the pattern!)
Man, I am all over the place trying to tell this little story...preggo brain?
Anyways, back to this weekend...I have been nesting, terribly if you ask Scott, and I am so ready to fill my arms with a new life that we decided to take another big, baby step and install the car seat. It was bittersweet at first but mostly just sweet. The seating arrangement is different than it was with our baby girl, as it should be, and this just feels so good!
Scott getting it all secure & Wyatt supervising, of course!
Wyatt installed the mirror/toy thingy all by himself! He was so proud!