The Second Time Around: What’s Easier
I’ve heard lots of opinions about whether it’s harder to transition from no kids to one or one to two or two to three. I’ve personally found transitioning to two kids easier overall than transitioning to one. Here’s why.
I’m already a mom
Transitioning to motherhood was hard for me. This time around I was already a mom and didn’t have to go through the identity crisis I did the first time.
I have some tricks up my sleeve
While each kid is different, I have more experience this time. I knew I’d likely have an oversupply of milk like last time so I didn’t pump the first few weeks. My muscle memory quickly kicked into gear as my body instinctively knew which ways to sway and rock and bounce.
We have a dishwasher
I know what comes next
I’m grateful for the moms who told me it’d get easier with my firstborn. It did. But no matter what they said, I wondered if it would really be true for me. This time around experience told me we really would get nursing down. We really would sleep again (though that’s still coming…). We really would make it through an outing without a meltdown. I really would sit through an entire church service again. Knowing what comes next has allowed me to relax and enjoy the ride. After all, the next stage is right around the corner, and it leaves behind some awesomeness that I need to soak up right now.
How about you? Was it harder transitioning from none to one or one to two?