Second baby, easy right?
After all, we’ve done this before. We’re old hands.
The universe is laughing out loud right now.
I cannot believe how much I forgot about life with a newborn. Just little things but they can certainly make the day interesting, especially when combined with a massive dose of parental sleep deprivation! My inexhaustive but completely exhausted list includes…
1. Just as you sit down to eat dinner your peacefully sleeping baby will wake with a howl to be fed themselves. Every. Single. Time.
2. The minute you remove a baby’s nappy they will wee or poop. And it IS possible for a baby girl to pee a fountain straight up into the air.
3. You will regularly find yourself rocking or bouncing in place…even when you are not holding the baby.
4. One tiny human easily creates more laundry than the other three family members combined.
5. It is possible to fall asleep sitting up and leaning against a rock hard wall.
6. It is also possible to fall asleep with a leg sticking out of your bed as you rock the bassinet with your foot.
7. Pregnancy cravings don’t necessarily stop just because you have given birth. Or maybe they are breast feeding cravings? Either way, there has been way too much light fruit cake and chocolate chip shortbread consumed in this house over the past few weeks.
8. Having a shower may well become a very hot commodity. One that is heatedly debated between overtired parents, especially when you are the one who has missed out for the last four days.
9. However when it comes to the opportunity to have a shower or to sleep, sleep will win every time.
10. Instruction leaflets for baby equipment state what is clearly obvious. This is completely necessary as with excessive sleep deprivation anything is possible.
11. Even though you have done this all before you will still doubt and question yourself every step of the way, visiting Great-Aunt Google way more than necessary.
12. First smiles, plump leg rolls and the softest hair imaginable make all of the above completely inconsequential as I know I am going to miss each and every moment of being mother to a newborn.
I wonder, do you continue to forget these newborn nuances the more babies that you have?