3 differences between your first pregnancy, and being pregnant with a toddler in tow...

October 21, 2015 by Keri Jarvis @ The Baby Project

3 differences between your first pregnancy, and being pregnant with a toddler in tow...

In one scenario, you're a Goddess. In the other, you're an old timer.

Here are my observations...

1. Rest. First baby- time is carefully carved out for resting. Laying in, afternoon naps, relaxing baths, massages. Next time- partner watches toddler for a little while before work so you can throw up in peace without simultaneously placating them. This is rest enough. Closely linked to

2. Lifting. First baby, you are considered to be constructed from the finest porcelain, a loaf of bread and pint of milk are too much to be burdened with. You are forbidden to lift a finger, and your activities are closely monitored. Next time- you are slave to a toddler tyrant, lugging them about, exerting yourself hourly in ways that you would've been up all night worrying about the first time round. No one cares.

3. The bump. First baby- I watched and waited. Day after day. Week after week. Took lots of pictures of my barely bloated tum, and started shopping for maternity clothes immediately, eagerly anticipating the appearance of a bump. Later in the pregnancy, people at work revealed to me that they'd thought I had just eaten too much over Xmas (Xmas was at 22weeks...). Next time- strangers on holiday congratulated me on expecting number 2. (10 weeks). Luckily never really packed away maternity leggings from first time.

So, mums to be who are awaiting the arrival of the first born, cherish this special time- life really will never be the same again!

This article is by Keri Jarvis @ The Baby Project


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