I thought being pregnant the second time around was going to be easier since I had already been through it once. I was wrong. Having a 2 ½ year old toddler boy/toddler tornado makes everything much more challenging- both emotionally and physically!
First trimester was what you would expect- full of fatigue and nausea. Liam was so sweet and understanding as a 2 year old- he always gave me kisses and said "Feel better mommy!" The most frustrating part was wanting to play with him and do all the things it takes to make a household run, and having no energy to do so! I'm sure you can all understand. Besides the normal fatigue, my whole family was sick with strep throat, fevers, colds and stomach bugs for about six weeks straight.
Second trimester was as it should be for everyone- comfortable and easy.
Third trimester has been where I've struggled the most. What I want to do with Liam and what I'm capable of doing are often two separate things. After working all day, I try to come home to play, cook , clean, etc. Running after a speedy 2 year old has become much more difficult! He also knows that he's faster than me. He loves to tell me how he's going to run away from me and then proceeds to do so with a mischievous grin on his face.
More than the physical and practical difficulties of a second pregnancy with a 2 year old is the emotional toll that I've come to terms with lately. I struggle with the fact that my baby boy is no longer going to be the only little man in my life. Come early September, we have another little boy joining our family. I'm not sure why it's so emotional for me. I'm sure hormones have something to do with it though. Do I feel like he's going to feel displaced? Or will I have enough time to focus on both of my children? Will I be able to continue to be everything to everyone? I'm a full time mom, wife, cook, cleaner, and pediatrician. how many hours are in the day?
Besides how I feel. how will Liam feel? I think we are definitely seeing the effects of change in our house. I have a 2 ½ year old who is VERY 2 years old. He's such a good boy, but definitely being more feisty and independent over the last few months. I can't help but think that he can tell big changes are coming. We are having to pay special attention to consistent discipline these days. and let me tell you, it is a rough ride. Liam has his mommy's stubbornness. so in all fairness, I probably had it coming this whole time! ?
I have 3 weeks left before our lives change once again.and this time I have a little man to think about as well. My prayer is that we will all transition from a 3 person to a 4 person family with as few bumps and bruises as possible. Who has advice on how to make that happen?