What to Expect When You Have a Second Child

Today’s post is a guest post from Kristi at Live and Love… Out Loud. She’s been one of my favorite bloggers for a long time and I’m honored to have her guest posting during my babymoon. Read her full bio at the bottom of this post. Kristi’s post is on how life changes after birth of your second child.

As a mother of four children ranging in age from toddler to teens, it’s been a few years since I took the huge leap from being a parent of one child to being a parent of two children.

But I remember that time in my life like it was yesterday.

Those cool, carefree days of being a parent to just one child were a walk in the park compared to the chaos that ensued when I became a mother of two children.

It was a loud, crazy, fun-filled time in my life and an experience that I’ll never forget.

What to Expect When You Have a Second Child

All hell will break loose. Just when you thought you finally found a routine that works, the second baby arrives and throws everything off kilter. Bye-bye structure. Hello chaos. Life will never be the same. It’ll be better. You’ll find that even in the midst of all the chaos, there are moments of complete joy; moments that serve as a life preserver in stormy seas.

Invest in a pair of earplugs. The noise level in your home is about to reach an all-time high.

Forget about being on time for anything. One more bag to pack. One more child-sized body to dress and groom. One more hungry belly to pack last minute snacks for. And Lord forbid if the baby spits up or poops as you’re walking out the door. It’ll be a while before you’re ever on time for anything again, but don’t fret. Your super sweet children will totally distract from the fact that you’re 45 minutes late to dinner with the in-laws. Again.

Everything you thought you knew about raising children was wrong. Your first child slept through the night early on, was an even-tempered baby and outgoing around strangers. Surely your newest addition will be the just the same… Think again.

And finally…

Your heart will explode. Double the hugs. Double the kisses. Double the giggles and more.

Having a second child changes the family dynamic exponentially. Sure it’s louder and you probably won’t be on time to any events in the near future, but you’ll be blessed ten-fold with the love, laughter and joy that having a second child brings.

Kristi is a wife, mother, writer and photographer who’s passionate about breastfeeding advocacy and living life out loud. She writes about motherhood, photography and empowering women at Live and Love Out Loud.

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3 thoughts on “What to Expect When You Have a Second Child

  1. Pingback: What to Expect When You Have a Second Child | Live and Love...Out Loud

  2. I must say that I’m already 30 minutes late for everything. Even if I plan to leave the house a full half hour before I need to, we’re still late. And this is with my husband with us!

    I was really concerned that I would be able to love someone like I love Peanut, but the last point is definitely true. It’s more frustrating and chaotic, but there is so much more love.

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