There are many varieties of family sizes and dynamics whether it’s having just one little one, to the other extreme like the Duggar family with 19 kids (and counting). Although I don’t have any kids of my own now, I have always wanted three. I grew up with two brothers and loved the balance we had in my family.
After working at Graco for a few months now, I’m beginning to better understand and appreciate the duties of parenthood and I am in awe of those who have two or more children. I’m starting to wonder, “How do others do it? How will I do it?”
No parent would deny that each baby is special and significant in its own way and the experience is always a new one.
From my conversations with a variety of second-time moms here at Graco, many things change when baby #2 arrives.
Most agree that the first pregnancy is a time for “doting” and constant discussion of your baby. Everyone wants to talk about your due date, gender, preparation, and excitement of baby #1. Once you are on to the second, your life pretty much seems to remain the same. After all, you have another child to care for, nuture, and educate about the new little one joining the family.
Accoring to Melissa Parlaman, mother of two adorable girls, “For me, people seemed to discuss the pregnancy less and were more likely to continue everyday conversation when pregnant with my second baby. Caring for another child in the meantime also allowed for a normal schedule, making my second pregnancy feel shorter than the first. This was partially due to preparation and knowledge from my first pregnancy, but mostly because I continued on with my daily routine.”
Everyone can relate to time flying by when we are in our daily routines. Our moms said to try to remember that the pregnancy experience is always new one – so take a step back to enjoy it and don’t let the time slip away!
Another expected difference is the evolution of baby gear over time. Graco’s strollers, swings, and many other products (even our diaper bags!) are constantly being updated. Not to mention the fashions continue to change with trends.
Second time moms collectively agree it is important to be practical when purchasing new baby gear. Sometimes, things need replacing (especially car seats after a certain period of time) but we allow use for all your babies, not just the first born. Advice from our moms on what you will definitely need to purchase ? A second humidifier, books (don’t expect baby #1 to give up that easy!), hangers for new clothing, photo albums to document all the milestones for baby #2, and a new “blankey.”
Each baby (no matter the birth order) brings her own unexpected surprises and differences. How were things different for you? How did you prepare your first for baby #2? Share your “second time mom” stories!