You will find rather than the initial reaction being, congratulations – you get ‘are you mad?!’
2. ARE YOU HOPING FOR A GIRL/BOY?
If you have two of both, you will inevitably be asked whether you want or have been trying for the opposite sex. (What will be will be as long as baby is healthy that's all that matters. Happy to have a trio of boys and if a girl comes into the mix - well, what do I do with a girl?!)
3. BIGGER QUICKER
By 12-weeks I’m sure I looked 20 weeks and the pregnancy waddle comes much quicker than first time round.
On top of having 'two kids exhausted' plus pregnancy tired you’re pretty much well, knackered all the time.
5. NO TIME FOR REST
First pregnancy: Oooh, it’s the weekend, going to have a lovely afternoon nap. HAHAHA, those were the days.
6. MILESTONES ARE MISSED
The what size vegetable is my baby now? milestones are missed and you feel guilty for it – and you have little or no bump photos this time round. (Remind myself to take more photos!)
7. BLINK AND YOU’RE HALF WAY
The 12-week scan first time round seemed to take forever to come round, now you blink and it’s your 20-week scan.
8. YOU FORGET YOU’RE PREGNANT
You’re so busy with one and two and everything else – you sometimes forget you are growing a tiny human, though the growing bump and facial hair remind you.
You go from wanting time to go even faster to meet baby, to wanting time to slow down as you want to soak it all in – but then feel guilty for forgetting to soak it all in.
10. KICKS ARE STILL AS MAGICAL
Baby number 1, 2, 3 – or if you go on to have more babies, nothing will ever EVER beat the moments you feel your baby kick. It’s indescribable and reminds you how lucky you are.
Royal Marine Wife. Mum to Rafe.