11 July 2011
(You may recall that I said something like this before.)
As the title says, our second baby is incubating =D We just had the first ultrasound, and the baby is exactly as it should be – tiny, funny-looking, all the limbs are there, and the heartbeat is just what it should be. (It’s too early to tell the sex, although Kristina has been having a rougher pregnancy this time, which has led some to speculate that this one’s a girl… or twins.) The due date is February 1st, 2012. (Yep – just 4 days off Benjamin’s due date…)
I knew, the first time around, that if I posted something deep and heavy then, that I’d have a very hard time matching it the second time around. That, of course, has turned out to be true. A second child simply has a less-“heavy” impact on me, because I’m much more prepared for it, via my experiences with the first. That seems like an obvious consequence… but it also has the potential to be disappointing for child #2 when they see this post for the first time. So, little one, when you read this years from now, please don’t take my less-passionate commentary here as a reflection on you, but instead as a reflection on how much your father has changed since the first baby came along. We’re also not quite as far along in the pregnancy (now) as we were with Benjamin – just 10 weeks now, and we don’t know your sex yet. I expect that will still have a huge impact on me :) I will post again once that happens.
I will say that having a second baby has had its own set of new (scary!) thoughts associated with it:
- Hurray, it’s not twins!
- When will we sleep, with two babies on different (disruptive!) sleep schedules?!?
- Are we crazy for trying to keep the OB/GYN (and hospital) that we loved so much the last time around, even though she’s 2.5 hours away?
- What stuff do we need this time around, that we don’t already have?
- Oh no! We’re going to need a bigger car!
- I learned my lesson and didn’t wait (past the first ultrasound) to announce the good news :)
So, a big hello, new baby :) I’ll have more to say to you soon, I’m sure.