So here we are, officially on countdown to the arrival of baby number two. Baby’s ETA is in five days and counting, and I’m hoping this one makes an appearance sooner rather than later as the heatwave we’ve had over the past month has made this pregnancy rather uncomfortable to say the least. Coping with 30degree heat at 38/39 weeks pregnant isn’t fun, but it won’t be long now until we’ll have an almost three year old and almost a newborn. Blooming eck!
I seriously have no idea where these past few years have gone. It seems like only yesterday we were eagerly anticipating Isla’s arrival, and now she’s a child and we’re about to be joined by another. Scary.
I’ve been wondering a lot while I’ve been on maternity leave what number 2 will be like, in looks and personality. And while I know all children are different, and there’s not much you can do on that front, I’d be thrilled if number 2 is like his/her big sister.
I’m trying desperately not to sound like I’m bragging, but Isla is what you’d call a “good” child (gah, don’t you just hate that expression?!). She has slept through the night since she was 6 months old, eats pretty much anything you put in front of her, is incredibly polite and loves people, does as she’s told (most of the time!) and is really well behaved in public. She’s also really clever, has been potty trained since she was 2 and a half, can dress herself, and she’s a proper little chatterbox, to the extent that her nursery teachers have said her speech is quite advanced for her age.
Which is just a few reasons why I’m so nervous that baby #2 is going to be a nightmare! The amount of Facebook posts I’ve seen proclaiming that good first children are just nature’s way of lulling you into a false sense of security is staggering, plus I have several friends and family members whose second/third children have been non-sleepers, bad feeders, more naughty, or all of the above.
While we plan to raise #2 exactly the same as Isla, again I’m aware that every child is different and that the odds of us having another child as “good” as Isla are dodgy. But we can hope – it’s that hope which makes parents go back for round 2 isn’t it?!
Hopefully my next blog post will be to herald the arrival of number 2, and I hope I’ll be able to say that my second labour was as positive an experience as my first. But as a previous blog explained, I’m Group B Strep positive so I’m just hoping against hope that baby is healthy…keep everything crossed for us!