Stork Craft would like to send a warm “Welcome to the world” to little Grayson Quinn. Born at two and a half weeks early, this little bundle of joy is the son of Amanda Vrtis from Saving 4 Five, our Mom of the week back in December, and also PTPA reviewer of Stork Craft’s Carrara 4 in 1 Crib, Aspen Combo and Tuscany Glider!
Now with a total of four children and a husband, Amanda definitely has her hands full! So how does she handle it all? We’ve followed up with her to see if she has any pointers for moms-to-be, and to give us a glimpse of how her family has gone through the transition of welcoming a new born into their home.
-New Arrival’s Name: Grayson Quinn
-Age: 2 weeks
SC: Congrats on the birth of your little one! With three other children, most people would think that you would be a pro at the whole birthing process and all. But has this fourth delivery been any easier or more difficult?
Amanda: I think it’s easy to assume I’m a pro at having babies, but something I try to remember is all deliveries are different! You can’t always plan out what’s going to happen. This delivery had a couple hick-ups. It wasn’t at all what I thought it was going to be.
SC: Any pointers for mothers who are nervous about going into labour?
Amanda: My best advice to mothers who are nervous about giving birth is don’t be afraid to ask questions, understand that anything can happen, and do what is best for YOU! You’re the one having a baby, not your family or friends. Also stay away from Google! That is one sure fire way of scaring the heck outta yourself.
SC: For families that are thinking about giving a sibling to their child, any advice that you have for preparing the family for a new addition, whether in prepping your current child(ren) emotionally, or allocating resources like time, finances, etc.?
Amanda: Being that this is number 4 for us, it has gone different ways with each. This time around my Daughter at 19 months was the youngest to get a sibling. The others were a bit older. I noticed that at about 2 and older the children seemed to be excited for another baby, but my 19 month old not so much. I’ve just tried to understand where she is coming from. I praise her when she loves on the baby and try not to scold her too much when she is being jealous. She is coming around though- Giving more hugs and kisses now than getting mad and jealous.
SC: As a mother to four children now, how do you find time for yourself or your husband? Any tips for doing so?
Amanda: I don’t find time for myself LOL. Well ok I do. I tell my husband that I’m going to take a bath. Going to the store for dinner is also my away time. My husband and I get our time together once all the kids are in bed. So having a set schedule is a must in this house. Even if it’s just a couple of hours watching tv together, it’s just us, and I love my quiet time.
SC: As soon as your new little one is/was ready to go out, where is/was the first place that you will take/have taken them to?
Amanda: Being that it is flu season the only time he has been out is his checkups. I think though once spring hits he may get an outing to the park. I know the older kids will love to get out and about! We also have a season pass to our local zoo. Maybe we will go there.