Jamie Reedposted in Pregnancy
Now that my baby is turning 6 months old next week (how?!), we’ve decided it’s time for another baby. Just kidding, it’s not time for a new baby, but my husband and I have decided we’d like another baby one day!
Coming to this decision had me thinking a lot about my pregnancy and the birth of my son, and specifically, all the things I might do differently the second time around.
- Find out the sex of the baby
My husband and I really wanted a baby girl. We tried not to, we really did. So when we decided to keep the baby’s sex a surprise, we thought that we’d be so elated at the birth that we wouldn’t care one way or the other. Instead, we dealt with some major gender disappointment.
While those feelings of sadness left pretty quickly, I think that next time around we’ll just find out ahead of time. I think knowing ahead of time might have helped me bond a little bit better with the baby while I was pregnant, too. I think waiting until birth can be fun and great surprise, but for us? I think we’ll try the other route next time.
2. Go straight to the blood sugar testing
As someone who is afraid of needles I knew that the dreaded pregnancy glucose test was one of the things I was most afraid of the entire pregnancy. And, of course, I failed it, meaning I had to go to round #2, which was even more feared. I survived, obviously, but next time around? I think I’ll just go right to the blood sugar monitoring if my doctor allows it! Pricking my finger multiple times a day sounded awful at first, but it was so, so easy!
- Plan for meals
I asked my husband recently what he’d do differently next time around and his suggestion was for major meal planning before a new baby arrived. The task of food preparation really fell on him a lot in the first couple of months as I was doing my best to nurse/feed/bond and having ideas and grocery lists ready to go would have been really helpful. Those meals family and friends brought early on didn’t last nearly long enough!
- Not buy so many clothes before the baby comes
I tried not to go overboard with baby clothes buying, especially since we didn’t know what we were having, but I still ended up with more than we needed. I had several newborn-size onesies and outfits that my tall baby was too big for immediately. Next time around I think I’ll save most of the clothes shopping for those middle-of-the-night feedings. (No one ever over-buys when they’re high on new baby and low on sleep, right?)
- Not fear labor
Another thing that took a lot of joy from my first pregnancy were my fears of labor. I know every labor and delivery experience is different, but now, knowing that things can go well (easy, even!), I think I might be able to relax a little more and enjoy the experience.
I know a second pregnancy, especially with another child, will still have its own set of challenges, but I think trying out these things might work for me next time around!
What things would you/did you do differently with your second pregnancy?