I had to do it. And I will give credit to the amazing author of course. But she just puts it in some great words, so I had to borrow it! I am going to edit some things to make it totally relevant to me.
Try not to be such a super mom. Try not to read every book and have all the milestones memorized the month before she should reach them. Try not to drop everything every time she makes a noise that sounds like she might be slightly discontented. Try not to judge that mom of 2 in Target who’s letting her infant cry while she chases her toddler down the aisle. Try not to keep everything so clean. Try not to learn all the words to so many lullabies and nursery rhymes. Try not to buy so many toys. Try not to work with her so much on reaching with purpose, rolling over, and crawling.
3 years from now, you will not have time to read. You won’t have any idea if your second baby is hitting any of her milestones. You, frankly, won’t really care because, well, she seems healthy and happy, so that has to count for something.
Your second baby will cry. She will cry often. There’s really not anything you can do about it because the toddler who just pooped on her dress and possibly smeared a little on the floor needs to be dealt with more than the crying baby. Her cries in public will not bother you as much because you’re too busy FUH-REAKING out at the 3 year old running away from you in a parking lot.
She will spend her days playing in an exersaucer and jumperoo that have a healthy layer of dog hair and baby puke on them. Her immune system is going to be AWESOME. The jumperoo doesn’t even have batteries in it. She does not seem to care.
You will have forgotten all those lullabies by now, but you will know the words to every popular country song because your 3 year old daugter is slightly obsessed with songs like "Stuck Like Glue". You lull the baby to sleep with a slow version of it.
She will have about 5 toys… that are age appropriate. Your 3 year old will also shove very small baby dolls and age-inappropriate musical instruments in her chubby hands, and she will chew on your phone. You will not have time to wave mirrors in front of her to get her to roll over. You will, honestly, not be in a big hurry to get her to crawl because crawling leads to walking, and before you know it, you will be chasing her in a parking lot. She will probably be running the opposite direction of the other one running away from you. You will want her to remain immobile as long as possible.
First-time-mom-Corinne, try not to be so awesome. You might have a little less guilt the second time around, and you might save yourself a bit of sanity. Turns out all that stuff you are so neurotic about now is really not that important.
Corinne from the future
Thank you so much to Jill from Baby Rabies, and AWESOME mommy blog that I can't get enough of. I pink puffy heart you. A lot.