The transition from being a mom of 1 to being a mom of 2 was one of the most challenging and beautiful seasons in my life. I vividly remember tears streaming down my face as I tucked Jude in for bed one last time as an only child the night we went in for Knox’s induction. There are so many emotions surrounding this transition and if I could encourage you with anything here it is:
Dear Mama about to welcome your second baby,
I know the rollercoaster of emotions you are feeling. I know one moment you are elated that another baby is coming into the world, and I know that in the very next breath you might also have a lot of fear or guilt. I know that in your mind you question what life will look like when another baby is in the home. Will you remember all of the tips and tricks you learned with baby #1? Will you roll right back into the rhythms of newborn life, or will it take some time to adjust? Will you be able to balance time with your oldest and your youngest?
You may secretly feel guilty (I did). You may wonder if you have made a mistake in adding to your family. You may wonder if you have enough time or love to go around. Your heart has been bound to your firstborn more than you ever imagined possible. How could you ever reciprocate that with another baby? Will your firstborn be resentful? Will they be affected by the transition? Will they be interested in the new baby? So many questions.
All of those feelings and questions are totally valid! Having one baby totally changes your life, and having baby two will totally change your life AGAIN (all for the better).
Welcoming a second baby will teach you that your love is endless. It will remind you just how fleeting time is as you hold that tiny newborn and look across the room to see your firstborn. All of a sudden, in a matter of moments, you will now see your firstborn as the “older” child and it is a crazy phenomenon. Your heart will expand larger than you thought possible. You will watch your firstborn step into their role as the older brother or older sister. It may take some time to adjust, but soon enough you will see them take ownership of their new family role. You just created their lifelong best friend. The friend that they can call on when they have bad dreams at night to snuggle with. The friend who they can team up with and play pranks on mom. The friend they can share their laughter with and their childhood memories with. You just created their person. Your hands are more full but so is your heart.
You’ve got this, mama.
Hello Jude Photography is a North Georgia Newborn Photographer specializing in luxury family, maternity, newborn, and baby photography. I believe in the beauty of simplicity and the value of tangible heirlooms that you can pass down from generation to generation.
Bailey serves clients in the North Georgia region including Habersham County, Hall County, White County and beyond. Our natural light studio is located in Clarkesville, Georgia.