One Big Happy Hello

A big happy thank you to Gymboree for sponsoring this post! They’ve been delightful to work with and we’re all thrilled with the new fall clothes. Be sure to check out their giveaway for an amazing baby bundle here


After we came home from the hospital the first time, we didn’t really have a chance to adjust to our new 4-kid family before poor Baby Finnegan had to go back to the hospital for his light therapy. When we finally did make it home, school had started and the big kids were gone all the time. It’s made our first two weeks home feel sort of disjointed and hectic, not the calm, cuddly, peaceful time I had imagined in my head. It hasn’t helped that along with school, it was the first week of soccer, E had to go back to work and the toddler has been trying to give up napping, so even WITHOUT a brand new baby things would have been a little crazy. Still, we are so excited about our one big happy hello moment – completing our family with baby #4.

One thing that HAS been just as good (or better!) than I could have hoped is how Evan, Caroline, and Lincoln have all fallen in love with their new baby brother. They adore him completely. It’s such a joy to see and makes my heart want to burst every time I find one of them patting his head or singing Twinkle Twinkle to calm him down or saying “I just LOVE Baby Finn!” Obviously, this isn’t my first new-sibling rodeo and I’ve learned a few things over the past 3 kids. I think applying them all has really made this transition easier. Here are some of the things that have worked for us:

  1. Don’t change anything you don’t have to in the days before the baby comes. Linc is 2 now and probably getting close to potty learning, but we didn’t even consider trying right now. That’s a big change for a small person and adjusting to sharing Mommy with a baby is hard enough. I couldn’t avoid sending the big kids to school the same week the baby came home, but we kept our routine as normal and typical as possible. No new expectations or demands, no new charts or schedules, and I cut back on this year’s fall enrichment activities so they have more time at home in the evening to relax.
  2. Bring the kids to the hospital to meet the new baby. The kids visited us twice before we got to come home, which gave them a chance to interact with Finnegan without having him immediately in “their” space. It also helped them build up excitement for the moment when he (and I) would be released  and back under the same roof with the rest of the family. We let them all hold and cuddle the baby as much as they wanted in the hospital and made a Big Deal about how proud we were when they were loving and gentle.
  3. Put them to work! “Helping” with the baby is a favorite chore around here, especially for Lincoln. He loves bringing diapers and burp cloths for Finn or snacks and drinks for Mommy. Caroline and Evan are expected to do the same stuff, as well as contribute to general household well-being by feeding the dog, picking up after themselves, and helping Linc with things that are slightly above his abilities. Everyone likes to feel useful and important, and they all love their Big Kid Helper status.
  4. Do your best to give everyone some one-on-one attention. I know that’s easier said than done, especially if you’re adding a 3rd, 4th, 5th, etc etc child to the family. Just do your best. I’ve taken Caroline alone with me to do errands or pick up food, E took Linc with him to Home Depot and watched a movie with Evan, my mother reads endless books patiently to anyone who asks. Even if I am holding or feeding Finnegan, I try to make room next to me for whoever needs a snuggle.  It’s easy to get touched out, exhausted and want nothing more than 10 minutes of quiet, but try to remind yourself it’s not forever and some day you’ll kids who don’t even want to be seen with you, let alone sit in your lap. This too shall pass, and probably way faster than you want it to when you look back.
  5. Accept help. The more time you can spend with the kids – or the more people around who can also spend time with the kids – the less likely they’ll see the baby as an attention-stealing monster. It can be tempting to try to prove you can do everything on your own (and you probably can, Supermom) but you don’t HAVE to turn down help. Try saying yes. A freezer meal means you could spend that time snuggling instead of cooking. Someone whisking away older kids for a playdate means you can take a nap while the baby does. Someone who wants to come over and just hold your baby for an hour means you can take a shower. I am one of those people who says “No, really, I’m fine! We’re good! I don’t need anything!” but when people ignore me – and I’m so lucky to have people in my life who ignore me – and help anyway it’s amazing. The less stressed you are, the easier it is to make a smooth transition to +1 more kids without major meltdowns.

Another way to get ready for baby is to shop for newborn essentials like onesies, socks, bibs, blankets and hats. Gymboree has all that and more covered with 100% combed cotton baby items, which are crazy soft and incredibly cute too. The newborn styles are easy to mix-and-match (who has time to hunt for the ONE pair of matching leggings on 3 hours of sleep?) and reversible bibs and blankets mean you can get twice the use out of them.

One of my favorite things about Gymboree is their kid clothes LOOK like kid clothes, whether you’re just looking for comfy play outfits or dressier looks for family photos. I also love matchy-sibling stuff and they are super great at carrying a theme/styles through their baby, toddler and kid’s collections each season. I had so much fun putting together looks for each of the kids and then surprising them with these fun orange boxes.









After everyone tried on their new clothes, they helped Baby Finnegan open his box and see what his new outfit looked like.







They are DELIGHTED with the outdoors/wolf theme, and I think it’s so cute that I have a whole “pack” of kids.
















You can expect to see these clothes in our weekly photos a LOT this fall – soft, comfy, and stylish (plus easy care) check all the boxes for the things that become instant favorites. Linc’s outfit comes from the Mountain Trail collection for toddlers, and Evan’s is from the matching boy’s stuff. Caroline’s owl dress and leggings are part of the mix & match collection.

And now for a GIVEAWAY!

Did you know September is one of the most popular birth months? To celebrate, Gymboree teamed up with 6 popular brands to bring parents the ultimate bundle for baby. They’re giving away over $2,000 in prizes from Gymboree, Land of Nod, Seventh Generation, 4moms, Baby Bjorn, and munchkin. You can enter to win this AMAZING prize pack by clicking here. It’s an AMAZING bundle, don’t miss out!

I will also surprise and delight one person who comments on this post with a $50 Gymboree gift card. (I apologize for taking down the Rafflecopter, I misunderstood some directions in my new-baby exhaustion fog and it’s totally my fault. I’ll still choose someone at random who comments on this post between yesterday and Monday Sept 19th with a $50 gift card.)

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26 Responses to “One Big Happy Hello”

  1. Kim C says:

    Congratulations on your newest family member! Everyone looks great – keep up the good work!

  2. Monica C says:

    Super cute! Congratulations!

  3. Barbra Baker says:

    I love these photos – the kids all together with Baby Finn is just too cute for words. Congratulations Davis Family!!

  4. Jessica sharp says:

    love this! I especially adore little boys in foxes! it’s become my new obsession!!! hope I entered the contest correctly. your kiddos are adorable! and congrats mama!!

  5. Jett Black-Maertz says:

    Such Cute Outfits!

  6. terri d. says:

    Congrats to the entire family on your newest addition – he is adorable! So glad to hear that everyone is settling in :) I am actually expecting my first little one in November and have all kinds of first baby worry and concern…but I’m sure I’ll get over it once I’m sleep deprived!

  7. Carmen says:

    Congratulations on your new addition! I am a mom to 3 boys (and we are done having kids) and I think it is so fun! Have fun with your brood of boys and Miss Caroline :). I’ve been following your blog since way back when it was just Evan. Crazy how time flies!

  8. Susan says:

    I love Gymboree!!!

  9. Sarah says:

    Could your kids be any cuter? I’m glad things are bubbling along relatively smoothly with the addition of Finn.

  10. Baby Finn is adorable :) and the clothes are very cute as well.

  11. Megan says:

    Very cute! Love the clothes!

  12. Lauren says:

    So cute!!

  13. Ana says:

    Congrats on baby Finn! Your kids are so cute, I’ve also been reading your blog since it was baby Evan ?

  14. Jeania says:

    I thought it was super conveinent that I went into labor on the first day of the four day labor day weekend, so my daughter didn’t have to miss school, but it still wasn’t enough time to adjust and she ended up refusing to get on the bus one day because she wanted to stay home with baby brother. I love that she loves him so much.

  15. Amanda says:

    Such cutie pies! Almost makes me want a fourth (my third is only three months old right now) – almost.

  16. Christiana says:

    I love Gymboree baby clothes! They’re so soft, seem comfy, and I love all the coordinating pieces! Our elementary school mascot is a wolf, so we’ll need to take a trip to Gymboree soon. =)

    Congratulations on Baby Finn! He is precious!!

  17. Jessica Beard says:

    Congrats on your addition. I love all of the sibling gifts! I just had a baby this summer, so I’d love to buy her some Gymboree clothes. They are so cute!

  18. Laurajj says:

    Oh he is so precious! I loved watching all the kids open their boxes…and was so fun to see them open Finn’s! The look like they will be such great helpers with their new baby brother! I love everything Gymboree sent them! All so cute! The Boys Wolf hoodie is so fun! I also love the Wolf long sleeve tee. Had to go and look around the Gymboree website….The Mountain Trail Collection would be so perfect for our little one! He just started school last week.

  19. Sara says:

    Glad to hear the transition of +1 seems to be going well! I forgot how hard the first few weeks are and i am only working with 2. ?

  20. Taylor Closet says:

    This would be a dream to win, I can use each item. Awesome brands that I trust.

  21. Jayme Barone says:

    Adorable pictures! We love gymboree!

  22. Sara Floyd says:

    Thank you! Gymboree clothes are the cutest!

  23. Betsy F. says:

    I love Gymboree clothes! Thanks for the chance to win!

  24. Jessica S. says:

    did anyone win this?

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