Ready for my second pregnancy?

Rewind 8 months…

We were in the thick of summer in Atlanta and I was 8 months pregnant with my first child. I was hot, tired, cranky and most noticeably, swollen. My body apparently had enough as well because I developed a hive-like rash on my skin (formally known as PUPPPs). I wore gloves on my hands at night to keep from scratching and only gained a minimal level of comfort from ice cold showers. I was reduced to flip flops (feet were too swollen for my regular shoes) and I could only bear to sit in the same place, position for an hour at a time. In the final weeks, I selfishly cried and pleaded at my appointments to be induced — to no avail. (For the record, I was eventually induced at 40 weeks and it was not fun).

Needless to say, I was miserable, not considering conceiving again and convinced the universe was punishing me for gloating on a pain free and enjoyable first and second trimester.

And then, the most special, memorable, AMAZING day came and Cameron was born (screaming at the top of his lungs – oh, what a wonderful sound). He was happy, healthy, adorable and perfect.

Fast forward to present day…

I feel incredibly lucky to have experienced pregnancy and Cameron’s birth. He’s, without a doubt, the most wonderful thing that has ever happened to me. How rewarding it is to be his mom!

At 7 months, he’s crawling, albeit backwards and has a small, little peg of a tooth poking through his bottom gum. He’s babbling what I think sounds a lot like mama and I could just melt. I love him, uncontrollably.

I now find myself longing for another baby but feel compelled to hold out so Cameron isn’t cheated out of our undivided attention. And maybe we’re not ready since we’re barely managing our new busy schedules. But it wouldn’t feel right without a little chaos.

What do you guys think? How did you know when you were ready for bump #2?

Thanks to Melissa Jackson on our team here at Graco for this beautiful photo and post!!

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5 Responses to “Ready for my second pregnancy?”

  1. Lindsay February 3, 2012 at 11:05 pm #

    I’ve been ready for a while now, nature just isn’t cooperating! A lot of factors went into being ready for #2… missing being pregnant (I had a great pregnancy), wishing my boy had a sibling to interact with… but the biggest thing was when my boy became a toddler, walking, climbing, running, never sitting still…

    Although it’s a great age, I miss holding my tiny baby.

  2. Vanessa Parker February 4, 2012 at 3:03 am #

    Wow! Great post. I think many of us have the feel for a new baby bump but feel guilty that everyone else may think it is too early. I have decided that I will not have any more children but deep inside there are days that I wonder what if. . .

  3. Kristen February 5, 2012 at 6:54 pm #

    I am pondering the very same question but not with #2, with #3! At what point do you know whether your family is complete or if the joys of another bundle will be what is what He wants to you? We have 2 wonderful little boys (2.5 and 4.5) and I miss being pregnant and having that little baby to hold and snuggle and teach the ways of the world. But I am also so thankful that we have 2 healthy boys and that we are financial ok where we are with 2 (although 2 college tuitions at once could be interesting. Let’s hope for a soccer or some scholarship :) haha) . I’m looking forward to those family adventures with “big boys” and that we are officially done with diapers. I do miss a little nursling and baby wearing and all those tiny fingers and toes. Not sure whether I want to go back…. but still yearn for more. What to do? When do you know? Thanks for pondering with us! Do we adopt or have another of our own? Hmmmm…

  4. Kelly Voelker February 7, 2012 at 8:06 pm #

    I love this post! My question is more about being ready for #1, but I can definitely relate :) Thanks for the post, Melissa!!

  5. Latorra Hodridge February 10, 2012 at 2:50 am #

    Love this post Melissa!! There is nothing like feeling your babies grow inside of you. Their tiny kicks and hiccups are so memorable for me. The idea of baby#2 was not immediately a thought for me but when it happened I was ready and scared at the same time. My daughter was just 18 months and I didnt want her to feel cheated of our time. I think she adapted well to having a brother because they are so close in age. I wouldnt change anything about it! Now they are 2 and 4 and I’m loving every moment of being their mommy!