Jenna and Jason Surratt share what they've learned as their family continues to grow.
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Jason: I think it’s maybe easier this time because we know what to expect, we know how to prepare, I think the first time that she was pregnant that—you know, you just said no, it was the kind of fear of the unknown. So, although we had classes and we felt like we knew until you really experience that, you don’t know. Jenna Surrat: Well, it’s really hard to prepare for that aspect of it because we’ve never had to and—but one thing that we’ve really tried to focus on with Adison is just making her a welcome member of our family and necessarily the center of the family. So hopefully, that practice in itself will help her with the adjustment of another new baby coming along. As far as preparing her for the new baby, I mean, we’ve told her that—you know, there’s a baby in mommy’s tummy, and we’ll ask her, Adison, where’s the baby and she knows. She knows that there’s a baby but I don’t think that she really understand what that means. What we’ve also been preparing a new room for Adison, we’re going to use Adison’s nursery for the new baby, and just letting her go into her new room to explore even though it’s not officially open yet, some kind of “under construction”. We’ll let her go in there every now and then and she loves it, like she loves to go in and she loves her new big girl bed and—So we’re hoping that that excitement of it will kind of counteract the attention that we will have to focus on the new baby. Jason; -- it’s a good thing like I have the brother that’s sixteen months younger than me, and she’ll be sixteen months older than the new baby. So, I think it will be good thing for us, so --, a lot of people we’ve talked to say the same thing. They had – sibling, that’ll be a good thing. Jenna Surrat: Yeah, we’re definitely excited about her having a little playmate to grow up with. I think it’s really important for their development and just being around another children, and learning things like how to share and—it kind of goes back to being the welcome member of the family and not necessarily the center of it cause that’s kind of hard for—There will be seven kids, two and under in our family like there are typical family gathering which happen a lot. Jason: Christmas is going to be interesting. Yeah! Jenna Surrat: Yeah. So, I think it’s been awesome, she’s got a cousin who’s—he’s like nine months older than her. It’s been great just even—especially in the past like four or five months when they’ve really started to play together and interact and—so much fun to watch. And watch them learn from one another and grow, that could’ve – be really great having them grow up together. Jason: There’s a lot of classed that I think whatever doctor or obygyne you got to recommends like with the hospital and things like that. Those were good – I feel those—definitely have the community of people of the church that we’ve learned a lot from— Jenna Surrat: Yeah, growing families and their – husband just—they’ve had a huge impact on out parenting philosophies—and just in a way that we’ve raised our child in a way that we’re playing to raise our future children, it’s—totally worked of us. It’s been such a blessing to our family, it’s helped us to really—I feel like maintain our sanity. We hear about—you know, friends of our who still have a three year old – sitting through the night and—it’s just, sounds like a nightmare to me and I would never want to it so—They’ve really helped us to learn principle that we’re able implement and it’s amazing how it just works.
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