Good to hear from you again. Myself and "Baby Bean" as I am now affectionatley refering to the bub (after hearing another mum who used the same term) are both good. I felt great on Christmas Day, it was like "Baby Bean" was giving me the day off, but the next day I was hit with terrible morning sickness, I guess "baby bean" didn't want me to forget who was boss. You ask a lot of questions and I am very happy to answer them, but remember I don't actually have the 2 babies yet, Just a very active 12 month old daughter and my "Baby Bean" (2cm long!).
You actually gave me an idea, the one about a sling and being able to push the stroller - now that is clever thinking.
As for the bed / cot dilema... at this stage I think that "Baby Bean" will sleep in the pram (with a bassinet liner), like my daughter did for the first 3 months - the cot was too big and scarey and she would not settle in it, she felt safe and secure in the pram beside my bed and it made it easy for me with the night feeds. My daughter will be about 22 - 23 months when I want to introduce her to the big bed. (I think that is how I will do it?) But I will just go with the flow.
I've thought about those bed rails, and I've also thought about just having a single matress on the floor to start with, that way if my daughter rolls out she wont fall far... What do you think???
I am pretty sure unless your child is particularly small that 19 months will be fine to move to a car booster seat. My daughter acts like a confident little lady at the ripe old age of 12 months so I can't see us having too many problems. She loves to do stuff like a big girl now.
I think that "Baby Bean" Is going to be a boy... I just wanted to add that. I could be wrong, but it will be interesting to look back and see if I was wrong or right so early (9 weeks) into the pregnancy. My husband will be exstatic if it is a boy. Personally I'd like another girl - but will be happy no matter what the sex is.
HAPPY NEW YEAR... Hope to hear from you again soon, Michelle