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Bringing Home Siblings

Going to the hospital to have my second child I cried. I’m not a sentimental person, but I couldn’t help it.

Hormonal for sure, excited, nervous, scared and sad too. Sad that the life I had-the day to day with my first child- would change. It would be a new chapter. But at the same time I felt happy for that change. It’s a fruit salad of emotions all at once.

I felt a little sorry for my first child, I wondered if I was short-changing him. He didn’t ask for this big life adjustment-yet here I was about to rock his world.

Going to the hospital would be the longest time away from my child. Even though I was ecstatic about our new baby coming, I also could not shake the question: Would I love my second child like I loved my first?

Spoiler alert: Yes. Yes, I could love that little peanut just as much and so could his brother.

There was plenty of room in my heart for a second, third and fourth child.

My heart didn’t just make room, my heart grew, just like the Grinch. It seriously grew two sizes.

So you may feel nervous or that you’re rusty in the newborn department-but it will all come back, like an old hat. And before you know it –poof, it is as if baby was in your family all along. Everyone and everything just fits and it all falls into place.

Bringing home a sibling seemed much more relaxed compared to our first baby. Particularly, because I had been there before.

However, there are a few things I noticed that were different the second time around.

My first born seemed to me, a giant monster. His hands, his diapers-everything was huge after holding a newborn. It’s shocking.

Also, all the worrying about siblings accepting the new baby? It simply melts away. When you see that first loving interaction, you may actually feel your heart explode.  Confidence comes streaming in all around and it is thrilling to have another child in the family.

It is not always rainbows and puppy dogs. It’s natural and normal to worry and fret. But, as a mom of 4, I can attest that everything is going to be okay. When you’re brining home a sibling-love is really all you need and it will be pouring out of you and the little ones waiting at home.

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