A long while back in September after I had mostly recovered from my first pregnancy (sense the sarcasm there?), I shared a post about 10 tips for surviving pregnancy. Every single one of those still ring true for the 2nd time around, especially giving into your cravings.
It's summer. I crave ice cream constantly. It's Rishi's go to when I'm crying (which yep, still happens a lot) and it makes him lost and confused when I say I don't want it (because I actually do but for some reason I say no). Just eat the ice cream, people. You don't need to eat the whole carton but a small scoop will do wonders, trust me.
Anyways. Pregnancy with a 1 year old has it's challenges. When I'm coming in from a run and I have to pee SO bad because I swear this baby is sitting directly on top of my bladder, I have to choose - do I 1. get the kid out of the stroller, get inside, put him down in a spot that's not directly in front of the dog's water which I know he'll get into which just happens to be right outside the bathroom and risk peeing my pants or 2. do I just wheel the stroller to the back door and leave the back door and bathroom door open while I quickly pee out the 2 teaspoons of fluid from my bladder (it always feels like a gallon but inevitably is a sprinkle) and hope our new neighbors aren't outside hearing me pee. These are the hard decisions I get to make on a daily basis. ;)
For those of you who have one child and are debating adding another one to the family, are pregnant with your 2nd or you're just really interested in things I've learned about being pregnant with a 1 year old, here are some tips and tricks for surviving your 2nd pregnancy with an infant/toddler in the house.
1. Go to the bathroom at the very last second before leaving the house. (I promise they won't all be bathroom related!) I was always getting myself fully ready, including using the bathroom, before getting Roy ready and Chloe in her kennel. By the time we were walking out the door I had to pee again! There's nothing worse than getting to Target and having to go to the bathroom when your 13 month old wants to touch anything and everything in sight.
2. Nap when they nap. I don't take this advice as often as I should, but every once in a while I'll scoop up Roy when he doesn't want to nap in his crib and he and I will take a snooze in his rocker. He's not the biggest cuddler in the world so I'll take 'em when I can get 'em. Then I get a nap and Roy and I get some cuddle time - win win!
3. Keep snacks in your bag that both you and your toddler can eat. We recently picked up a giant box of Belvita breakfast cookies and fig bars that both Roy and I love so I keep a package with me at all times for when one (or both) of us gets hangry.
4. Take everything people say to you about having a 2nd child (especially ones that'll be 16 months apart) with a grain of salt. I know I said this in the last post but it bears repeating. I've had some of the funniest responses from friends and strangers ranging from calling me crazy to the most common one of telling me I'm going to have my hands full once baby #2 is born. I've known enough people who've survived with 2 kids, or heck even TWINS for that matter, to know that no matter what the temperament of this 2nd baby is, we're going to be just fine.
5. Move all of the kid toys from your bed to the bathroom. There's nothing worse than stepping on a kid toy at 2am on your 3rd trip to the bathroom.
6. Recognize that things that took you one weekend with your first might take you 3 months with your 2nd and be ok with that. We're moving Roy to a new room so baby girl can have his room since it's closest to our bedroom and have been working on decorating his room for about 2.5 months. We really aren't even doing that much to decorate but when your time is limited to post bedtime during the week (which always ends with us going to bed WAY later than we planned because who knew putting together a simple shelf would end up taking 3 hours....only to realize when the final nail is in that we put it together wrong and have to start all over with a brand new one the following week) and naps on the weekend (because when you're both working on something in the room and nobody is really paying attention to what the 1 year old is doing, a giant pot is tipped over from it's spot on the plant stand. don't worry, nobody was hurt but that resulted in another hour of clean up ha!).
Side note: if you have a calm child who loves to sit and read books by himself all day, every day, you won't be able to relate to this but if your child loves to play fetch with himself and sprint around the table for 20 minutes straight like Roy you may want to wait for nap time. ;)
7. Get help when you need it. Bath time is getting harder and harder with having to lean over the tub. Lifting our 50lb dog in and out of the car to go to the vet is pretty much not happening again after doing it this week. Learn your limits and don't feel bad to ask your spouse, parent or friend to lend a hand.
I am the WORST at this one. Definitely need to learn this one...!
And those, my friends, are 7 tips for surviving your 2nd pregnancy. This 2nd pregnancy has definitely been more challenging than the first time around but it has gone so much quicker! It's probably partly because I don't have the time or energy to read every pregnancy blog or google every symptom that I'm experiencing but I'm just thankful week 30 is basically here and this baby is well on her way to make her debut!
What additional tips do you have? I'd love to know!
**Roy's onesie is from Hi.Little.One. Be sure to check them out for adorable onesies!!