5 things I realized when no2 came along

17 Oct

Up until the time I got pregnant with Iliana I thought I knew everything about properly raising a child. Yianni was already in his terrible two’s, I had read tons of books (which did not turn out to be the best thing afterall), and thought I had it all figured out. Ignorant, right?To say the least! This is short list of a few things I realized the second time around:

  • There is no right or wrong way. There is your way. This is by far the most important thing I ve learned! No matter what everyone else told me, I knew and I felt what was right for my child at the time and it usually just turned out fine.
  • There are tons and millions of baby gadgets out there. You only need a few. The more baby crap you buy the more you have to get rid of while your child is growing up. Get as much as you can from relatives or friends. Babies grow up way too fast!
  • Breastfeeding was wonderful and I am extremely happy to have managed to breastfreed both of my children. However, if you breastfeed 20 times a day, truth be told, it can be boring. Contrary to whatever I had read, I did do other stuff while breastfeeding (watching TV series on my laptop was my favourite).
  • Spending one on one time with your first child is great but it won’t make it less jealous of no2. Mommy time is never enough (especially when having to share her).
  • There is a long period of adjustment which can be easier for some or more difficult for others. They might fight, hit, push, scratch, yell, pull each other’s hair and smash each others toys until complete and utter destruction (on a daily basis). However, should you have the strength and patience to hang in there, it does get better. They grow to love and appreciate one another. They have each other, FOR LIFE!

xxx

T

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7 Responses to “5 things I realized when no2 came along”

  1. mylifeisthebestlife October 17, 2012 at 8:43 pm #

    Thanks for this list – I’m anxious to see what I’ll learn in a couple of weeks when OUR number 2 arrives…

    • wonderlandbytatu October 17, 2012 at 8:56 pm #

      you are most welcome! The thing I remember when I gave birth to my daughter is that everything was a lot easier, more familiar and less stressful (babywise). You are in for a treat! Enjoy & keep up the positive attitude!

  2. Ice Beautiful October 18, 2012 at 2:41 pm #

    Since I have just one kid I totally agree with the first three things. It does not matter what the other moms and grandmothers are saying you know it best what is right for your baby!

    • wonderlandbytatu October 18, 2012 at 11:00 pm #

      if you do decide to ever go ahead with no2 I promise you they will cease bombardising you with advice. They will realize that if it didn’t work the first time, it won’t work the second time either 😉

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  4. ramblingsfromamum December 17, 2012 at 1:40 pm #

    A great post again T. Kids are happy with a cardboard box if the truth be known rather than all the gadgets and toys that are laid at their feet.
    Breastfeeding – yes a wondrous time. Both my girls weaned themselves at around 9 months and I was devastated that they didn’t ‘need’ me anymore in that way.
    Jealousy will occur only if you let it. Squabbles are necessary to a certain degree too, it’s their way of finding who is the pack leader. As long as mum is around to stop too much havoc they usually sort it out between themselves. 🙂

    • wonderlandbytatu December 17, 2012 at 4:29 pm #

      yes, that is true. But mom, sometimes (more than she would like to admit) can’t help but interferes if she is around to witness the wrong doing, you know??

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