Friday, April 25, 2014

Mentally Preparing for Baby #2

Just some pregnancy humor to start off ;)  Seriously, what did we do before Pinterest or ecards?

As I hit my 34th week of this pregnancy, I am starting to feel a lot of different emotions. I think with my first pregnancy, I had a lot of 'ignorance is bliss' moments. I was totally unprepared for the aftermath of labor and delivery, sleepless nights, but also how much I would love my baby. This time around, I feel like I am more prepared for those types of things, yet I'm still a ball of nerves.

My husband and I were talking the other night - what are we scared of, excited for, anxious about, ready for, etc this time around. It is funny hearing a man's point of view because all of his answers were different from mine! One thing we both agree on: we are ready whenever little man is! :)

For me, I'm mostly scared about labor and delivery. I had an easy and fast birth with Abby, and am praying little man wants to do the same! I had a terrible time afterwards though - really bad migraine mixed with throwing up whenever I sat up - and I'm nervous that will happen again. I'm trying to focus on the long term goal, and my mantra is "pain is temporary, and glory is forever!" John's biggest fear is dealing with two kids - going to man on man defense. I am still in a slightly delusional state of mind thinking Abby will be fine since she is used to having other kids around at least 3 days a week. It'll be an easy adjustment (insert sarcastic laugh here).

John said he is so excited to be getting a son this time. He definitely loves having a daughter, and she is a daddy's girl all the way, but having a little boy will be so special. I'm looking forward to seeing their bond too. My biggest excitement is getting back to being me. It has been a challenge to sit back and not do as much. I am getting frustrated trying to nest (aka rearrange, clean, and sanitize my house), but having to stop half way through a chore to rest. I'm looking forward to having energy again, being able to run without losing my breath, and honestly, just sleeping flat on my stomach again. This sleeping propped up on ten pillows sideways is ridiculous!

So, right now, I guess I'm torn between feeling excited and feeling horrified. His clothes are clean, nursery is stocked, and we are about as 'ready' as we can be. I keep trying to remember every baby is different, and there is no parenting book that can prepare you enough for what's to come. Keep us in pray as we chug through these next six weeks!

Any advice from going from one kid to two? I'd love to hear it!

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