The Magic of the Second Baby

August 10, 2015

It's true what they say...there is something special about your second baby. The second time around you allow yourself to see what you didn't see with your first baby. You know how quickly babies grow up so you tell yourself to remember every little detail. Remember their soft squishy cheeks, their tight grip on your finger, their soft sweet sighs. Remember the first time they smile and the first time their eyes light up when they see you.

The second baby is your reminder that these days don't last forever. That time isn't on your side. A reminder to slow down and enjoy the little things.

Second babies are pure sweetness and joy wrapped up in a tiny little body.

It's heartbreaking how quickly babies turn in to toddlers, then kids, then teenagers, isn't it? But with that second baby you know this. You remind yourself frequently to bury your face in those chubby arm rolls, kiss that fuzzy head, and just hold that baby for hours. Because it doesn't last forever. You blink, and it's over. 

When you have your first baby you are desperate for some time to yourself. If you are anything like me, you shed a few tears over the life you use to have...you wouldn't change things for the world but you morn the "old" you. The you that could stay out late and sleep in. The you that could eat whatever she wanted and take a nap when she felt like it. But with that second baby you know none of those things really matter. You don't morn your old self...you embrace the time you have with this sweet little baby.....a baby grows up so much more quickly then you ever could have imagined.

A baby that is content just to sleep in your arms or stare at your face. It doesn't get much better than this. Second babies are pure magic. 



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19 Responses to “The Magic of the Second Baby”

  1. She is just precious and thank you for the reminder that these days are short-lived.

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  2. So, so true. I'm in love with snuggling my son, I know how fast it goes now!

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  3. Soooo true! She is precious!

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  4. I'm no where near having even my first baby but I just wanted to say that reading this post makes me so excited at the prospect of motherhood. For both first and second babies. Thank you so much for sharing your journey through motherhood with us! :)

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  5. And now I am crying onto my keyboard. Every word of this post is so, so true. They grow so fast, and the squishy baby stage is so fleeting. Vivian is already starting to try to sit up while laying down, and roll over - she doesn't want to miss anything. And I know before I know it, she'll be running around with Caleb and no longer an infant. Thank you for this reminder to soak. it. up.

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  6. I have a similar post to this queued up for this week! Totally totally agree

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  7. So so true - second babies are just the best! x

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  8. :) I look forward to experiencing the second baby magic! Beautiful post, Julie :)

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  9. This is so completely true. My friends with one baby keep asking how hard it is the second time around, and I have a hard time explaining the feeling. I'll just forward this next time someone asks :)

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  10. I'm about the embark on this in a few weeks - well said!

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  11. What a sweet post :) You always make me look forward to being a mom!!! ;)

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  12. She is just a sweetheart! I love the name Sadie. I nanny for a Sadie, so the name holds a special place in my heart!

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  13. Thank you for this! I'm due next week and feeling extra nervous going from one to two but this made me feeling better. ♥

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  14. Beautiful, beautiful post! If we end up having another, I'm going to cherish each and every minute! Especially those minutes of my maternity leave that I get to have with that baby alone. I didn't take full advantage with Mason and fully regret it. I can't believe how fast he's growing up. I just want to kiss his not so squishy cheeks and big feet and pretend he is my little baby still :)

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  15. Pure sweetness! And this is not helping my baby fever in any way, shape, or form. ;) So special, Julie, and you are doing a wonderful job as a mommy! Xoxo

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  16. Ugh, yes!! Spot on! This makes me so sad as sweet Caroline's birthday is Monday. Hold me!

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  17. Definitely spot on! I'm glad I did have a 2nd one to realize what I didn't see the 1st time. I enjoyed every moment so much more.

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  18. Thanks for sharing this! My mom had told me it was true, but it always helps hearing it from others as well. Not that I have any regrets, but I look forward to our second baby some day so that I can cherish the moments so much more!

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