-We have done it before! Kind of an obvious one, but we are not the frantic parents stressing about every little thing. We know how to give baths, care for a circumcision, what a yeast diaper rash looks like, how to swaddle, and how to set up a breast pump. We know that sleepless nights don't last forever, and that having a baby sleep in our bed now won't lead to terrible sleep habits down the road. A pacifier is ok to use, and so are bottles. Just a few of the many things we were pretty clueless to the first time.
-We have had tons of wonderful help. We had Harrison in Colorado, and while the friends we had out there were wonderful, we just didn't have that many friends. And the family that came and visited and helped were great, but it was just different. This time around we have yet to make a single meal (and the meals just keep coming in and our freezer is SOOO full) and friends and family have been so generous.
-My body bounced back real quick. And while I wish that meant I look like I did before being pregnant, it doesn't. I still have a wayyyyyys to go. But my body bounced back fast in that I felt great just a few days after delivering Oliver, and a week out I almost felt as good as new. I have energy, and just feel good all around!
We keep saying that we are so thankful that we had Harrison first, and then Oliver, because otherwise we would have been in for a rude awakening. And having an easy baby this second time has really been redeeming for me as a parent. While I know that most of Harrison's issues were him just being fussy and taking it hard on us, it was hard not to internalize that and think that I was doing something wrong. It has been nice to feel like we actually know what we are doing (although certainly not all the time), and that we don't completely fail at this parenting thing. And granted we are only 1 month in and things can change on a dime, but for now we are just going to count our blessings and be thankful for the 2 precious boys that we have, fussy or easy.