Our son is now five days old. Mazlo Rockwell Oliver Wonder. We did a home birth with two midwives, and while our home may not be tiny, it is certainly small. It was cozy, and we definitely preferred it to the idea of going to a hospital. Ever since Sunny’s dad passed away in the ICU a few years back, and especially since my dad was in the ICU across the street while Sunny was in labor, having a baby in a hospital doesn’t seem like the right decision for us. I really liked how one of the midwives just got comfy with us and crawled onto the bed when it became necessary to get comfy and crawl onto the bed.
With Coraline, almost two years ago, we went to The Minnesota Birth Center, which was sort of like staying at a fancy hotel. If you’re looking for my advice (and you must have some interest in it since you’re here) go to a birth center and get a doula. Always get a doula. There’s nothing wrong with doing it at home except that when you’re at home the midwives feel a little too much like guests in your home. Sunny even made me clean before they came. I’d rather be the guest at the fancy hotel. But even if you’re going with a hospital birth, get a doula. If you live in the Twin Cities, I can recommend Ellee Owen.
While there were a few differences between Coraline’s and Mazlo’s births, there were also some similarities. With Coraline we ended up making lots of trips to Target (we lived in Minnesota, the birthplace of Target) and spent a lot of time on Amazon buying more things that we thought we needed. This time around…that’s exactly the same. It’s almost like we’re new parents all over again. Still running to the store to get a new bottle brush and picking up a cute onesy while I’m there. Heading out to buy a boppy and getting, well, more clothes. I think that’s all I’ve spent money on that I don’t really need. And we’re planning for Coraline’s second birthday, which will be her first birthday party. We ordered her some Duplo Legos that we thought we’d give her to keep her occupied and happy while Mazlo gets so much attention. But she’s doing such a great job being a big sister that we decided to hide the Legos until her birthday next month.
So with the addition of Another Wonder, and really the last few months leading up to the event, Coraline has ended up with more toys. We had planned on getting rid of an old toy whenever she gets a new one to keep her footprint small. And we’ve done that to an extent. But lately it seems like Mazlo will soon be playing with the toys that Coraline has outgrown, so really that’s Mazlo’s footprint, right?