I have felt like I have needed to write this update to my blog for a few years now. Reading my previous post back to myself I sound like a miserable grouch that did not want our second bundle of joy. I may have been sleep deprived when writing it, which would explain the overall tone.
Without further ado I shall now provide my insightful pearl like drops of wisdom on having our second child.
We have had another little girl. I was overjoyed as I wouldn’t know what to do with a baby boy, never having had one myself. Baby girls, I felt, I could handle as we had gotten our first to the age of two and a half successfully. Our first is now five years old and will soon be starting her second year at primary school. Our second baby girl is now three years old and at present recovering from a bout of Chicken Pox, or chicken pops as she calls them.
They are both so different. I will be honest, I was expecting them to be the same. I don’t know why, everyone tells you that they will be so different but when you have a reference of one to go from then you know no different.
Our second was different from the moment she entered the world, in a water birth, to this day. Although she dotes on her elder sister and loves to imitate her, much to her sisters annoyance, she is different. I think I have established clearly that they are different? good let’s move on.
Sleep. Let me address my younger self here “It gets better so suck it up buttercup!”. Seriously, it wasn’t even that bad. Now, maybe that is me having developed an ability to survive on less sleep or the fact that it has gotten better but it sure feels that way. I don’t think I crave sleep as much as I used to but on the odd occasion when I get a sleep in, I take full advantage of it and will be passed out, drooling, face deep in pillow until I am woken.
I think lifestyle changes for the better may have helped me with this combined with the fact that our girls usually sleep right through the night so we get the latter part of the evening to ourselves and we all wake up around 7ish. Life is good.
Now that I have covered the basics let me talk about the good stuff. Having two healthy children is a blessing. We are very lucky to have them both and we never take them for granted. Yes there are times when it can test the best of your nerves but they are vastly outweighed by the good times. The joy, laughter, curiosity and the sheer fact that they make you reassess everything and slow down to enjoy them and life is what they bring to my life.
I am a very lucky husband and father.