The coronavirus continues to threaten our health. Spring is about to sprung. The democratic primary is in full swing. It’s an unsteady time to bring a baby into this world and yet I can’t wait till he’s here and to see what he looks like. I can’t wait for the hope a new baby brings.
The other day, I thought about how fast (and slow) this second pregnancy has been. It seems like it only began a few weeks ago. Though it’s not as “magical” and “new” as a first pregnancy, it has been more rewarding.
I’ve really enjoyed sharing the experience with my daughter. Watching her try to understand how I’m growing a human inside my body is fascinating. Before I’d explained to her how the baby will be delivered, she thought he would come down my leg and through a door in my foot! I’ve loved having her talk to my belly every night, telling the baby she loves him, or how she wants to teach him to walk, talk, and make him laugh. Books about becoming a big sister have been extremely helpful.
Her presence has been a reminder of just how special having a sibling can be, one of the main reasons my husband and I decided to have a second child.
I like my doctor, or rather midwife and doctor, this time. Throughout my first pregnancy, I stuck with the same OBGYN though her bedside manner made me uncomfortable. At the time, I wasn’t willing to listen to myself and move on. This ability comes with age and experience. And who wants to have to change their doctor, let alone in the middle of a pregnancy. I knew this time I needed and wanted better, so I made sure to find someone that made me feel at ease.
Though every baby and every situation are different, my husband and I feel more confident this time around in our preparation and readiness. I’m sure every second-time parent feels this way. While we don’t know how this baby boy will be when he arrives (will be as colicky as our daughter? How well will he sleep?) we know we’ve handled one and can therefore handle another. And we know the sleep deprivation will pass. Eventually.
Having a new baby, let alone a second child will take some adjustment, which is why I’ll be taking time off from this column. I will miss updating everyone on our progress but will have plenty of material once I return.
Thank you to all who read my words. I’ll be back.
Justa Lanie Garrett is a lifelong resident of Baytown.