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
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!