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Bringing Home A New Baby Is 900% Easier The Second Time Around

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toddler-meeting-infant-siblingBringing home a new baby is easily one of the most insane and difficult transitions you can make in your household. As prepared as you might think you are, those first few week are a huge adjustment for everyone and are often rife with emotions, exhaustion, arguments, and chaos. When I brought my daughter home in 2011 I had no idea what was in store for my husband and me. The exhaustion was crippling, it felt like I would never have free time again, and I’d never before realized how disrespectful and draining my extended family could be. Once I got through all of that, though, I felt like a certified expert.

Bringing my second child home was infinitely easier than bringing home our first. It wasn’t all sunshine and rainbows, of course — adding another person to your family is a huge transition that I’m sure even the Duggars have trouble figuring it out — but the way I handled the hard parts was completely different with my second baby. I knew to expect the unexpected and I was light-years more confident in my parenting skills. Once you’ve gone on that crazy ride once, it’s so much simpler to prepare yourself the second time around. Here are seven ways bringing home baby number two is way easier:

1. You are so much more relaxed.

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No, it doesn’t mean you’re unconcerned. It just means every cry doesn’t send you flailing about and consulting The Google in a fit of new parenthood panic. As someone who called the pediatrician four separate times because my first newborn’s umbilical cord “looked weird,” I can tell you: this is a good thing.

2. You aren’t drowning in baby gear.

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The first time around you thought it was vitally important that a cold wipe never came in contact with your baby’s precious and royal bottom. Now you know how useless most of those baby gadgets really are and you’ve stuck to the essentials.

3. You’re already used to being sleep-deprived.

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Sure, you might have trouble seeing straight and couldn’t spell your own name if asked, but you’re used to living that way. You’ve already got a sleep-hating child at home who barges in your room at dawn demanding cartoons. What’s one more, really?

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