Jun 22 2010

A post for Baby2

With Johnny, I blogged through my pregnancy week by week. I was a first-timer and everything was new to me! I haven’t blogged much about this new baby, and I don’t want him or her to feel bad about that.

So here’s a post for you, Baby2.

I don’t want to compare you with your big brother. You are both my children, but you are not the same child. You will hopefully have things in common — similar interests, perhaps similar physical features. But I also think you will have some different interests and personalities. You aren’t your brother’s clone! You’re an individual.

When I DO bring up Johnny in regards to you, it’s not that I’m trying to compare you. I’m just drawing on my past experiences.

For example, I only had a few days worth of what I could call “morning sickness” when I was pregnant with Johnny. With you, Baby2, I haven’t had even a tiny bit. Thank you! You are sweet!

I have had a tiny bit of food aversions in the early weeks. Didn’t want to look at or handle raw meat. And certain food smells had me running for the door. Nothing I couldn’t handle.

The only real difference I can see so far is my skin breaks out like crazy and my hair looks pretty lousy. Both things looked better when I was pregnant with Johnny. The old wives would say that this symptom means you’re a girl, because you’re stealing my beauty away. Could be!

Or, because Johnny is still nursing some, my hormones are all over the place. It’s hard telling.

You’re too small for me to feel you move yet, for sure. There have been a few tiny bubbly feelings, but I can’t guarantee that it’s you. In a few more weeks, I imagine you’ll poke me to say hello. We’ll also soon be able to find out if you’re a boy or a girl, and after that then we can work on a name for you.

It will be a secret from everyone except your daddy and me. That way, everyone can have a little surprise once you’re born!

I am truly excited to meet you and watch you grow. Being pregnant a second time is WAY more fun, in my opinion! With Johnny, I was learning on the job. Still am. But with you, Baby2, you will come home to a much more experienced mama and daddy. Your big brother had to put up with quite a bit of trial-and-error! Still does.

And it’s not to say what worked for him will work for you. I don’t expect it to. It’s just, this time, I have much more confidence in my ability to be a mom. Even if I have to figure things out on my own, or call the pediatrician or another mom, or do something in the exact opposite way as I have done in the past, I have more confidence about the whole thing in general. I trust myself more. With you, I think I will be much more laid back.

I don’t know what it’s like to parent two kiddos at the same time. That will be interesting. But don’t worry. I’ll keep you close to me in a cozy sling. Your big brother is a sweet guy, and he likes to give hugs and kisses and he’s pretty good at sharing. He will be so excited to be your brother! He’s too young to understand that you’re coming, but once you are born and we bring you home, I think he’ll figure it out pretty fast.

You will have plenty of hand-me-downs, and that’s OK. In our household, we believe in second-hand items. It’s good for the environment and good for our finances. You’ll have a few new things, and you won’t lack for anything, trust me.

I sometimes forget how many weeks along I am, or how many weeks + how many days. I try not to dwell on it, because it is still six months until December. That’s sort of a long time right now. But don’t take that to mean that I don’t think of you every day. I do. I think about all the fun we’ll have together, and how much excitement you’ll bring to our home.

I think about holding you in just one arm, and having you fall asleep in the crook of my elbow. And how you’ll smile at us for the first time. And how you’ll fit into those tiny widdle t-shirts and diapers I have for you. You won’t be tiny long, and I will try to enjoy that time!

And THEN I think about you crawling after Johnny, or running after him, and rolling a ball to him, and playing at the park…oh we’re going to have a blast!

We are so honored to have you join our family. Love you already!

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