Throughout my pregnancy I was positive and chilled – I had a “bring it on” attitude towards the whole thing. This time around, my birth experience was really good. There were no challenges during the delivery, and I knew that I was in good hands.
I was induced at the hospital, had an epidural to help with the pain, and had a vaginal birth as planned. My only expectation about going into labour and giving birth was to come out of it with a healthy baby – I think that’s what all new parents want.
Luckily, our second daughter was born safely, and she was absolutely perfect! The overwhelming love that you have for your new baby is such a high. I couldn’t wait to get settled at home and start life as a family of four! Getting stitches ‘down there’ after birth was a painful low point and trying to breastfeed the second time around was really tricky.
Our first daughter cried a lot when she was first born, so I was expecting the new baby to be the same. It came as a nice surprise that she is actually really calm! I think that has a lot to do with the fact that her birth was so positive and stress-free.
Having a new baby is challenging, but it hasn’t really changed the dynamic of our relationship. We’re a good team. My eldest daughter has started school now and my husband is back at work, so it’s down to me to get both of the girls up and ready to go in the morning, which is challenging after a sleepless night.
My husband finishes work at 2pm, so he’s able to do the afternoon school pick up. I keep having to remind myself that I can’t do it all, and if the dishes are left in the sink or the washing doesn’t get done, it’s not the end of the world.