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It’s About To Be Different

A few weeks ago I wrote this post about how SUPER fun it is to be in your third trimester of pregnancy.  If people were looking at me like a leg might pop out then, you can only imagine the looks of horror that I’m encountering now.

With one week to go, I’m flip flopping back and forth between violent desires to freeze dinners and clean the floors and praying for a Real Housewives marathon and the chance to lay on the couch.  But unlike last time when I was able to lay on the couch like it was my job, this time I have my two year old to keep me company.

If you read this post, you know that I am an only child.  My whole life, I’ve either been the only one or been the mom to only one.  And as excited as I am for him to come, I’m feeling a little emotional because I know that everything is about to be different.

She’s my buddy and her ticket on the alone train with mom is just about ready to come to a halt.  Her brother is going to come rolling in, and she starts preschool in a few weeks, and for both of us, everything will be different.

We’ve lived it up this past week.  We’ve done Play-Doh and we’ve painted.  We’ve  played red light, green light.  We’ve gone to gymnastics class and swim lessons.  We’ve had frozen yogurt and ice cream.  We’ve baked cookies and made chocolate chip pancakes and colored and stayed home in our jammies just to play all day.  I’m soaking it all in because soon it will be different.

We took a sibling tour at the hospital, and when they held up a newborn for her to see in the nursery window, I cried.  Because I know it’s about to be different.

When I look at old videos of her and see how she is now, I realize it already is different.  She talks about her brother all the time and how she’s going to help, and I know that she’s excited for it to be different.  Ever since she visited her preschool a few weeks ago, she’s been chatting away about all she will play with when she’s there, and I know she’s okay with it being different.

Ready or not, different is always around the corner.

Editor’s Update: Shannon’s baby boy was born on August 17.  Congratulations!!!

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  3. Ashlea Walter 08/16/2011 at 4:44 am

    What a timely post! I too am expecting #2 this fall and have a two-year old at home and am terrified and excited all at the same time. Someone told me recently that the best gift I could give Wren is a sibling and this made me feel a bit better. I wrote about this crazy time just the other day: http://besquirrely.com/2011/07/29/yikes/

    Great to know others are in the same proverbial boat…

  4. Katie 08/16/2011 at 12:31 am

    I was so nervous about our second little one arriving…and then when I met him my heart instantly opened to more, so ready and I didn’t even realize it. And when I saw our oldest little hold the newbie – his brother- for the first time I felt the strongest feeling of love imaginable.

    Just stock up on that Play-Doh and cookie dough and you’ll all be fine! 🙂

  5. Rachael 08/15/2011 at 4:21 pm

    I cried irrationally before going into the O.R. for my c-section. But #2 comes and you realize what a pansy you were about all of the little things with your first one, and you can’t imagine you could have ever lived without another one.

  6. Amy Allen Johnson 08/15/2011 at 12:12 pm

    My fear of adding #2? can I love him as much as #1? It seems hard to believe, but somehow our hearts just grow bigger. i’ve had great one-on-one time this last week on vacation. They’re truly inseparable. Good luck with the changes!

  7. Erin Oltmanns 08/14/2011 at 9:24 pm

    I was in your shoes six months ago. Excited for baby, but SO SAD for the loss of my “only”. I could not have imagined how extraordinary it is to feel that much love for two kids. 🙂 Good luck, mama!