I, like some moms, was spoiled my first time around. You sleep a lot. You go out to eat in restaurants a lot, but, most importantly: You don’t have a toddler attached to your leg.
Your second pregnancy is like running a marathon with a 28-pound child strapped to your hip constantly repeating “Mommy! Mommy!” They’re cute and adorable, but don’t they know you really just want to take a nap right now?
That’s where I’m at right now. I’m 23 weeks pregnant and mommy to my first born, Hadley, an energetic 22 month-old. Sweet and adorable as she is, there are times where I struggle to keep my eyes open in the evening until her 7:30 bedtime.
Are you a pregnant mommy with another at home? Here are some tips to keep you going all 10 months:
1. Prioritize what’s really important.
Does the laundry really need to be finished today? Can you just eat scrambled eggs for dinner rather than making another trip to the grocery store this week? Rather than tackling my whole to-do list every day full force, I take it easy on myself. If I don’t finish everything, it can wait until tomorrow.
2. Find you best time of day.
I’m a morning person so a lot of the big toddler activities and errands are done by noon in our house. I know that by 5 or 6 p.m. I start to slow down and sciatic nerve pain takes over. If you’re not a morning person or are struggling with morning sickness, put off your big chores or errands until after your kids’ bedtime.
3. Take comfort in knowing what’s to come.
Being a second-time mom does have serious perks. I’m much better equipped for what’s ahead of me than when I was pregnant with Hadley. I know what sleepless nights are like, and I know that everyday won’t be perfection. Yes, each baby is different, but I have the confidence of taking this trip once before.
4. And when all else fails, ask for help.
I have a great husband who is a very involved dad, and when I need a break, he steps in. Find someone in your life who can help you out and give you a break when you can’t move another inch. You’ll be glad for the break, and it’ll make you feel like a better mommy to both your baby and your toddler.
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