Welcome to my new guest post series, Ponderings on Two, where I ask a different blogger and parent of more than one child, to share their experience of having a second child. This week, we hear from Stacy, who writes the blog, Mom of Two.
Tell me a bit about yourself, your family and your blog.
What age gap did you have between your first and second children? What’s their relationship like?
We had originally planned on an 18 month age gap between our children but unfortunately things didn’t go to plan and we ended up with a 22 month gap. This turned out to be a good thing as in my early pregnancy my daughter still insisted on being picked up whenever she could get away with it and I couldn’t imagine doing it when heavily pregnant!
I’m glad Sophie was that little bit older as she understood immediately that Samuel was “Mommy’s baby” and that he was here to stay. She kept telling everyone who came to visit that they needed to give him back to Mommy! She’s so sweet with him and will give him his favourite toy when he cries and asks for cuddles and to hold him. This doesn’t last very long though as she quickly tells me she’s “too little” when he starts squirming!
What was the hardest thing about having a second child?
What was the best thing about having a second child?
Were there any products that made life with an older sibling and a newborn easier?
What’s the best piece of advice you could give someone expecting their second baby?
There is no need to be worried. Worried that you won’t love your second child as much, worried that your first is going to hate you for turning their world upside down, worried that you wont be able to cope…any of those fears and worries that niggle away at you during pregnancy, where you wonder if you’re doing the right thing even though it’s too late to change it, they all disappear. Some of them might last a little bit after the birth but they all eventually disappear. You are giving your child a best friend and a partner in crime and you will love them both more than life itself. You are a Mom. You’ve got this.
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