10 Ways Your Second Pregnancy Is Different From Your First
6. No pregnancy journal this time.
You think of how not often you look at the insanely detailed journal you kept with the first pregnancy and decide not to bother this time around. You’re probably too busy stopping your toddler from shoving Pop-Tarts in the Blu-Ray player anyway.
7. You don’t know to-the-day how far along you are.
With my first baby, I could tell you by weeks and days exactly how far along I was and also, let you know what size my baby was in relation to pieces of produce. For the second, I was just proud to have remembered the likely day of my last period so I could help the OB determine a rough due date. I mean, did it really matter? They hardly come on their due dates anyway.
8. No obsessive belly pictures plastered on social media.
I never did belly pics myself but I’ve seen moms in my Facebook feed with the cutesy signs and the weekly chronicling of their growing belly through photos. I just saw a friend who did this with her first post a picture of herself six months along with her second — to announce the pregnancy. It was like she had just thought to tell other people. And that, my friends, is a second pregnancy in a nutshell.
9. You know how to really pack a hospital bag.
With my first, I brought several bags. Like, possibly even a suitcase. With my second, I brought the bare minimum because I knew the hospital would provide a cadre of free baby booty that I would be stuffing into my luggage. Take the diapers, the cool mesh panties, the little hats — whatever. As a second-time parent, budgets matter to you in a way they may not have before.
10. No crazy nursery decorating. Possibly, no nursery decorating.
My poor son. He is five now and his “nursery” is still not finished. I was caring for his toddler sister while pregnant and just had no fucks left to give. He had a place to sleep and a few items of clothing and that was good enough for me.