And… I’m back! Baby girl #2 arrived three weeks ago, 2.5 weeks early and a tiny slip of a thing at 5 pounds 6 ounces. Despite all of the unexpected surprises, adjusting to life with a newborn and toddler has been far easier than I had imagined. Perhaps it’s because she’s still in the sleep all day phase, or that big sister has taken on the sweetest obsession with her little sister (so much so that she gets upset if other people try to hold “MY sister,”) or simply that there’s not near as much new parent anxiety as the first time around since you already know what to expect. But like everyone says, no two babies are the same, and here are some key differences I’ve noticed in the few short weeks we’ve been home:
- Baby #2 seems to have a lot more reflux than I ever remember her older sister having. Thank God for products like the Rock ‘N Play (one of the only new items we bought for #2) which allow her to sleep at an incline all snug and cozy.
- There’s no more sleep when the baby is sleeping with an active toddler around. It’s more like divide and conquer.
- #2 definitely gets puts down way more than her older sister ever did. In fact, more attention is paid to older sister than the new baby. We figure the new baby won’t remember it, whereas a certain lack of attention may lead to those wonderful tantrums from #1.
- This one does not seem to care so much for the adorable Snugabunny swing that #1 loved so much. It’s still early days, so we’ll see if it’s worth keeping such a space-hogging item erect in the living room.
- Nursing is definitely easier the second time around. And thanks to an amazing new pump (the Hygeia Enjoye), so is pumping.
The days and nights are still mixed up, and having to feed a newborn every 3 hours, all day (and night) long is no one’s idea of a good time, but overall, growing our family has been a new amazing journey, and I can’t wait to see where it goes!