Things they don't tell you about having your second child

February 12, 2016

 Things they don't tell you about having your second child.....

1. You will become a walking vending machine. Except no one gives you any money.

2. You will also start to be called the bag lady by your husband. Because you will carry a GIANT bag with you filled with ALL THE THINGS at all times. My mom made fun of me for having an extra pair of Hudson's undies AND an extra headband for Sadie in my bag yesterday. But I needed both of them so who's laughing now? My motto is always be prepared....I'm like a boy scout or something. 

3. When you just had one child, going to Target alone was a little slice of heaven. But now? Going to Target with just one kid instead of two has you leisurely browsing the aisles because YOU ONLY HAVE ONE KID WITH YOU. It's almost as good as being alone. Almost.

4. Your second child will eat all kinds of things you never let your first child eat. Mostly because they will steal them from their older sibling as soon as you turn your back.

5. Your new baby will be the easy child. Late night feedings, teething, and blow outs are easy compared to rationalizing with a 3 year old.

6. Nap schedule? What's that? You planned your life around your first baby's naps. But your second baby will have to go with the flow and nap whenever they can....because life still revolves around your first baby and all their activities. So when they do nap in their bed you REALLY learn to enjoy it!

7. Remember how you documented your first born's every move with weekly updates? And how you wrote detailed notes in their baby book? Well. Your poor second child will turn 8 months old and their baby book will still be empty. If you still haven't ordered your child's baby book I feel for you. You are my people.

8. Your heart isn't yours anymore. It's been toddling around in your toddler's body for years....which was hard enough. But now all of a sudden your heart is in two little bodies. And that pretty much put's you on the verge of ALL THE FEELINGS all the time.

9. Those Olympics commercials where the moms are taking care of their kids who turn out to be star athletes will make you cry every time you see it.

10. You'll never sleep the same way again. Everyone tells you that you won't get much sleep when you become a mom. But what they don't tell you is that once you have two kids your children will conspire against you to keep you up all night. In our house, if one kid decides to sleep through the night it is almost guaranteed that the other one will be up all night long. 

You will, however, get some peace of mind knowing your child is safe while they sleep thanks to the most awesome baby monitor ever. Trust me on this. We recently started using the VTech VM343 baby monitor and it has been a game changer! The screen is large and the quality of the picture is amazing! The monitor's remote pan and tilt camera (with a zoom!!!!) allows me to see all of Sadie's crib while she sleeps. The VM343 pans up to 270 degrees side-to-side and tilts as many as 120 degrees up and no matter where my little wiggle worm scoots around I can see her. 

The VTech VM343 monitor's digital transmission ensures all videos are private and secure, which makes me feel safer using it. It also has so many features that allow you to cut down on background noise, so the only sounds I hear are Sadie's. And I can control the sensitivity of the sounds it picks up, which is great if you have a noisy sleeper like I do! I can program the monitor to filter out all the little noises she makes while sleeping but still pick up her cries. 

11. Once you have a second child, you will constantly be pulled in 7 different directions. The VTech VM343 has a 1,000 foot range, so I can play outside with Hudson and still keep an eye on Sadie. I love that I'm not missing out on anything. 

12. A second child means you know the power of a good nigh's rest. You just never actually get one.

I was selected for this opportunity as a member of Clever Girls and the content and opinions expressed here are all my own.

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12 Responses to “Things they don't tell you about having your second child”

  1. I think we need a post in your organized bag!!! I have always sucked at packing the diaper bag!!

  2. Love this!! So many head shakes...Last night, Louise randomly decided to sleep from 7 - 5, but Cam fell out of bed around 2, so this mom still didn't sleep all night. And it's ok because I love that Cam still needs me! Sadie is PRECIOUS and Hudson looks like a teenager! PS My husband totally calls me a bag lady...when I leave in the morning, I have three lunch boxes, my purse, my workbag, plus a bag of stuff for the kids' day care - extra diapers, clothes, Valentines, whatever. I secretly love it because I never forget anything! :)

  3. Sometimes I feel like I will never get a good night's sleep ever again. Because you are SO right, mama. When one child is sleeping, the other child always misses the memo and decides to be up all night. It's the WORST! I think I would resort to some pretty desperate measures at this point just to get some sleep!!!

  4. Now I am scared for another since I rarely sleep now. And the monitor, mine picks up every little sound including her sound machine which I am now accustomed to.

  5. Oh girl I hear you on the sleep and bag. The things I have shoved in my large purse and pockets amaze my husband, but they have come in so handy he doesn't make fun anymore. Cam had a potty accident while out with him last night and he said thanks for even having the van stocked with extra stuff.

  6. YES to #4 & #5! That pretty much sums up my life now.

  7. I'll be welcoming our second baby in April and have no freakin' clue what to expect, but I'm sure all of these are going to be very, very true! I'm tempted to say I can't wait to find out... but maybe I can ;-)
    -- Lisa | Naptime Chai

  8. It sure is nice to be able to check on your baby (or toddler!) with a camera instead of opening the bedroom door and risking a wake up!

  9. #6 - a nap schedule? Ha. Ha. Haha. Ha. Poor Julia. She just kind of has to doze when ever she can. BUT! When she does get that unicorn crib nap - the Hallelujah chorus can be heard in our house. :)
    #7 - Baby book? I was supposed to order one for *both* kids? Oops...

  10. 3,4,5 FOR SUREEEEE. I so love going on this two kiddo journey with you, Julie! xo

  11. This is all SO TRUE! :)

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