Congratulations, you're a mom again! You've already been to
this rodeo. You're pretty much an expert by now. And this time around, you'll
be doing things a bit differently from before, but just like every other second-time mom does.
You heard your friends do it. You thought:
that will never be me. How can she not be able to tell one precious angel from
Now that you're a mom to two, you have
even less sleep than you ever thought imaginable. You now have to worry about
two tiny little human beings. You can barely remember your own name, much less
Which one are you again?
2. Diaper bag? What diaper bag?
My first diaper bag was always fully
stocked with bottles, diapers, wipes, hand sanitizer, poopy diapy bags, burp
cloths, muslin blankets, change of clothes and about 100 other things.
Once baby number two came around, I was lucky if I left the house with diapers,
much less the rest.
3. Let strangers to touch your baby.
Your first kid? You wouldn't let anyone near
that precious bundle. Your second kid? You'll let anyone give you a hand.
4. Embrace the mess.
For your first baby, you changed the crib
sheet for even the slightest sign of spit up. But it turns out, changing crib
sheets is a hard job. Just throw a little burp cloth over the mess and pretend
you didn't see it in the first place. Nothing to see here, people.
And let's not even talk about the state of
the rest of your house.
First kid? You literally could not buy enough
hand sanitizer. Second kid? Unless your guests were in a lab figuring out a
cure to ebola, you'll pretty much let them into your house and around your kid.
7. You embrace hand-me-down clothing.
My first kid? No hand-me-downs, thank you
very much. Nothing but the best would touch his pristine skin. But this next one? I
came to embrace the hand-me-down. Love them, even. After all, those days of the
week onesies looked SO CUTE the first time around. Silly to let them go to
8. Fancy clothes? No, thank you.
You learned your lesson. Those expensive,
fancy outfits? Yeah, they were completely ruined with spit up, poop, breast milk and formula. Unless it's a holiday, your baby will do just fine in
cozy basics. Hey, you're a second-time mom—it's a miracle either of your kids
are dressed at all.
9. Confuse the names of your children. Seriously, which one are you again?