A friend from church passed on this article to me, and it's a must-read for mommies! I'm attaching it here- but I can't find a link for it- they're all protected. But it's from Mothering.com and the author is Natalia Swenson Parker-- check it out below! Anyway, it's all about adding baby #2 to your brode, and luckily I read it after Jack was already growing or else I may have decided that Max was enough. I read the article one morning, over my coffee, and then promptly walked into the kitchen, BAWLING like a baby, and tried to tell Chad why we couldn't have Jack. Being the wise one that he is, he gently explained that it was too late and could I please stop blubbering long enough to explain what was going on.
To summarize, the article is GREAT! But it is realistic too, and the fact of the matter is that when you go from one baby to two, then hello, baby number one doesn't really get the attention they got before. It talks about greiving that "loss" but also you're so excited that you have a new baby that you just love and adore, and so then enters guilt. (This is on top of the lovely hormones and irrational behaviors that accompany a new baby). Oh my goodness, I just wasn't ready for all of this. And what about Max?
Needless to say, women have been having more then one child forEVER and as a child with two brothers, it was NOT a big deal- it was actually great- and not just was, it is. And my mom had enough love, and time, that we all made it out alive. Add that in to the fact that Gabe was 6 when we had Max- so for 6 years was THE center of the universe in MANY different houses, and although he has less attention since Max, they have so much darn stinkin love for each other, that he was over it in about .05 seconds. (Gabe is smart enough to TRY and play the "I feel left out" card, but we remind him of the 3894574389 people that love him and stop their lives for him every time he has a boo boo, or a performance at school, or a soccer game, and he quickly hides that card back in his pocket, waiting for the next time that it might work....) So I'm sure the same is true of the budding Bowman clan, we'll be fine, we'll survive, there will be love and cuddles and bonding, despite the chaos, but could you really expect me to be reasonable and rational at a time like this?
So all you seasoned moms, who have grown multiple children in your womb, what do I need to know? What are some tricks of the trade? Will I ever sleep again? How do I nurse with a 22 month old running around? How do I make sure Max still gets attention? And that he loves his brother? And that he knows that I love him something crazy? And will Jack feel left out? Or will it just be how it is for him? Anything you got, I want to hear it!
Thanks for suffering through that emotional breakdown with me... and I'm sure this is just one of those Parenting Builds Character things!