An Uncomplicated Life Blog: What I'm Excited About for Baby #2

Monday, July 20, 2015

What I'm Excited About for Baby #2

Pregnancy isn't really my jam, but I am excited about having a newborn in the house again. I know, call me crazy. I'm not pumped about the lack of sleep or the chaotic schedule, but there are a few things I'm REALLY looking forward to with a second go-around with an infant! Here's the short list:



Breastfeeding. As an experienced mom, I now have a few tricks up my sleeve to make this an easier process than it was with H. I had no production or latch issues with him, but that boy wanted to nurse every two hours and ate everything I produced! I was green on how to pump properly, how supply/demand worked and the whole process in general. Now? I get it, and I'm ready for it - even if I have another super hungry boy like Henry was!

And if I still struggle to eat enough (OMG, you have to eat constantly - who wants to consume that much food??? Everyone talks about that like it's a benefit. It's not. It's a pain in the a$$), drink enough water and am just plain too tired to nurse all the time like I was with H, I'll switch that baby over to formula a heck of a lot faster than I did with Henry! I toughed it out for three solid months with him. I'm going to give it a good try, but if it's just as miserable a process as it was the first time? Formula, all the way! Sanity is better than breast milk. Period.

Baby wearing. I didn't get into baby wearing like hubs did with Henry. Maybe it was because I could just carry him everywhere since he was my first and I had the available arms... But it was never my thing. I've gotten a few carriers sent my way already and I'm excited to try them out. It will be especially nice with a winter baby - gimme all those little warm baby snuggles!

Nursery prep. Ok, so this is more of a pregnancy thing. With H, we didn't own the home we were in so we couldn't do anything to the walls. I didn't want to buy curtains for a home we weren't going to be in long. I didn't know ordering furniture took three to four months, so his stuff didn't even arrive until after he was here! Now we own our home and I have free reign to nest away. I have two sets of plans depending on the baby's gender... Just patiently waiting for that news to get cranking on the nursery!

Being a second time mom. Y'all know that, for me, adjusting to motherhood was HARD (read about it here here and here). The hardest thing I've done in my life, without question or doubt. The struggle to CONSTANTLY be needed, have no time to myself anymore and the permanent scar and changes to my body was a mental hurdle brick wall I had to scale without safety ropes or a ladder. Frankly, it robbed me of much of my joy of having a newborn.



It's not that having a second won't bring it's own set of challenges; it will. But for me, the gear-shift into motherhood has been made already. I'm beyond excited to actually to have the opportunity to enjoy having a baby, spending my time soaking up the new baby smell and baby snuggles!


10 comments:

  1. Aww, I love how excited you are! These things sound awesome. I'm sure it will be a lot more fun and a lot easier going through the newborn stage the second time around.

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  2. Ah! Now the excitement starts. I'm seriously giddy to meet this new little nugget. You learn so much from motherhood. You better believe when it's my time, I'll be barking up your tree for all of your mommy-knowledge.

    My sisters SWEAR by baby wearing--especially the one with 3 young kiddos. It's a must for a busy mom in need of both (or at least one) of her hands.

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  3. Toooootally with you on the breastfeeding thing!! Sanity is way more important lol! And I hated having to eat so much too! I felt like all I did was feed my son and feed myself over and over! I was never hungry and had to basically force feed myself! And don't even get me started on the drinking water... I'm still floating from all of it o had to drink lol!! So excited to hear about your journey with baby #2! Nothing like those newborn snuggles! Great post!!

    XoxoX
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  4. You crack me up. Here is the short list ;-) All about that newborn baby smell and snuggles. Those are the best. My sister used to have like one of those water jugs with the handles that you see body builder men who clearly use a lot of creatine carry around when she would breastfeed. She was like a furnace burning up all those calories. I can't wait to find out what you are having! Yes to wearing baby number 2, you need those hands for your active Henry!

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  5. Absolutely love this post!! I am pregnant (due in Nov) and have a 16 month old son. And your post was so spot on with how i feel that i was overjoyed to read it! Glad I can see that i'm not the only one.

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  6. Yay for getting to really nest! That is going to be so much fun. I am totally addicted to baby snuggles. I bet you are going to love being cuddled up with a newborn, especially when it's chilly outside. You're due around Christmas/New Year, right? Perfect snuggle season!

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  7. Baby snuggle will be the best and how sweet is Henry kissing that doll - he's going to be the best big brother ever!! xo, Biana -BlovedBoston

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  8. Sanity is better than breast milk - hahahahaha. Yes. Seriously though. Every time you blog about being a mother, I love that you are so honest and real. I am terrified about being needed all the time and never having a minute to myself. Thank you for not acting like it's sunshine and roses, aint nobody got time for that.
    I can't wait to see what y'all have and the nursery - you have fabulous taste so I feel like you should just decorate my future nursery ;)

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  9. Keepin' it real, sista. It makes me happy you're excited for this baby. ;)

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  10. Second-time motherhood is soooo good! First kids are definitely the practice babies, but subsequent kids just seem "easier". Having knowledge really is powerful!

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