I’ve always heard that your second pregnancy and preparing your second baby is SO much different that your first one. And now, I’m living that.
Granted, things are a bit different preparing for twins — as it’s double the gear and double the change — but, still, I’ve been so much more chill than I was last time. And now that I’m out of the first trimester and feeling better, the time is FLYING.
It’s funny, too, because I’m just as excited as I was the first time and there’s still a lot to do — it’s just that you have a better understanding of what’s important to really focus on and what to invest your time and energy in (and, on the flipside, what you can let slide a bit). Plus! You’ve already got a little one to take care of.
Preparing for First Baby vs. Second Baby
Here are just a few of the ways this pregnancy is totes different than the first one. See if you agree!
First baby: Carefully shops for maternity clothes.
Second baby: Rummages through old maternity clothes and larger sizes to see what might fit and be weather-appropriate.
First baby: Buys countless nursing tanks and tops.
Second baby: Goes to Old Navy and stocks up on V-necks in every color.
First baby: Labors over paint color, crib, rocker, and everything in the nursery.
Second baby: Sets up room in a weekend with a chair from IKEA.
First baby: Researches carseats and agonizes over picking the best one.
Second baby: Realizes you need a new carseat two weeks before the baby is born and picks up what’s at Target.
First baby: Creates an elaborate birth plan with playlist, essential oils, lighting requests, etc.
Second baby: Reuses first birth plan or simplifies it to: “Have baby.”
First baby: Always knows exactly how many weeks you are to the day — and what fruit size the baby is.
Second baby: Sometimes forgets exactly what week it is …
First baby: Takes weekly pregnancy photos with cute sign or backdrop.
Second baby: Blinks and the week is over — attempts to get a pregnancy photo at least every couple of weeks.
First baby: Reads a special book to your unborn baby every day.
Second baby: Reads your kiddo’s favorite book to your unborn baby each night as a part of bedtime — and then you crash.
First baby: Naps when you want and goes to bed when you want.
Second baby: Goes to bed after your kids — and getting time for a nap feels like a day at the spa.
One thing that remains the same though? The excitement and love.
What differences did you notice between your first baby and the next one(s)? –Jenn