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Being a second time mom is a different ball game. I was still worried about loving both children (you do) and if there was enough of me to go around (there isn’t.)
I have more confidence this time around.
I definitely don’t know everything but I’m way more relaxed with my daughter than I was with my son.
Here are three things I wish I knew as a first time mom.
Being A Mom Is The Hardest And Most Rewarding Gig Out There
You read that sentence and you’re nodding your head saying, “Oh yeah it is.”
I don’t know of any other unpaid position that requires every last ounce you have to give and just when you think you’re done for the day, there’s a cry for your attention.
I don’t think I enjoyed enough of my son’s baby phase because it all felt so very difficult. Between work, home, and everything in between, I have no idea how we do it all.
I love everything my children do. Seeing my daughter do it all over again gives me all kinds of wonderful feels. Every time my son sings a song, my heart is so very full as he sings his tune.
But it’s also really hard. And there’s a lot of worry to go along with the hard days. Is he eating enough? Did she get enough of my attention? Is staying home now the right call for us?
My children are still small and I know there are harder days ahead filled with rewarding moments that are worth every bit.
The Way I Delivered My Baby Does Not Define Me
I struggled with my son’s delivery for awhile. The short and sweet version: my induction due to pre-eclampsia failed after a 24 hour labor and making it nearly all the way to 9cm. He was stuck and we had to move to a C-Section quickly.
Boy, did I struggle. I didn’t bond with him right away. Any mention of a vaginal delivery ignited my own internal fury that my body couldn’t get it done. That I was somehow less of a woman.
So I gave my all to breastfeeding. I successfully breastfed my son for 18 months and probably could have gone longer had he not stopped on his own one day.
Knowing the struggle I faced after my delivery with my son, I decided during pregnancy I was going to have a repeat C-Section. I needed my daughter here safely and I needed to be mentally present for my toddler.
I once again made the decision to breastfeed for as long as it worked for us. During pregnancy, I was turned onto Evivo Probiotics and we went ahead full force in using the probiotics along with breastfeeding.
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In fact, only 1 in 10 U.S. babies born today have the important B. infantis strain. This is important because when an infant’s gut isn’t populated with B. infantis, the baby is greatly susceptible to developing colic, eczema, allergies, asthma and diabetes.
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I Am Enough
Every day, I’m filled with so much worry. Am I enough for my children? Am I enough for my family and my job?
It’s so easy to get discouraged by the pile of never ending laundry or anything else that life can throw at you.
Our days are far from perfect. Some days my son might eat cereal for dinner after being in timeout four times and other days we recreate the big race at the end of his favorite movie out of cardboard and eat all of our vegetables.
My kids like to fall asleep in my arms and fight for my attention.
To my babies, I will always be enough.
What are some things you wish you knew as a first time mom?