Two weeks from today baby number 2 is scheduled to arrive at the Thompson household. Baby number 1 arrived via c-section so baby number 2 will be entering the world at 7:30 am July 31st at the hands of Drs. Holt and Snell.
I’ve reflected on pregnancy number 2 over the past few days and I’ve decided that baby number 2 is somewhat disadvantaged from a pomp and circumstance standpoint. My wife is officially geriatric (she’s pregnant over the age of 35 which technically qualifies her’s as a geriatric pregnancy – we’ve had a lot of laughs over the geriatric pregnancy label so I’m not sharing anything that will offend her – at least I don’t think so – she is pregnant and you can never be completely sure how hormone levels will affect her mood but nonetheless she’s been a trooper).
I remember when we were pregnant with our first child I spent hours reading to our son in utero. I tried to feel every kick and punch, I read books about what to expect when you’re expecting, I monitored food labels to be sure my wife wasn’t going to consume some odd preservative that caused nearsightedness in lab rats and so on and so forth.
When baby number 1 was on the way we freaked out but we were ready. We went to the baby store and read up on all the different types of bottles and nipples. We searched the web for the right kind of swaddling wraps, we bought carriers for the front and back, we put the crib together and had the nursery decorated and ready to go in the second trimester.
Baby number 2 had better be one laid back dude because the build up to his arrival has been uneventful. A couple of weeks ago I said to my wife “Do you think we should get the nursery ready”, she replied “Probably”… so we did, a couple of weeks later.
With baby number 2 you don’t register, you don’t have showers and you don’t really lie awake at night wondering how you’re going to do it all and that’s because you realize – it just happens.
Babies don’t need much, especially baby number 2. Experience is the greatest of all teachers and experience tells you that a baby really only needs three things 1) Love 2) Food and 3) Shelter.
I’m not even sure baby number 2 will have birth announcements, instead we may just send a text to our family and friends that says “The baby was born – yesterday”…