Mum Opens Up On Realities Of Welcoming A Second-Born In Heartfelt Facebook Post
A new mother has opened up about the realities of becoming a second-time mum, talking about about the fears "[her] heart could ever be big enough".
Posting on Facebook, Kendra, one half of blog Daylight to Dark, shared the heartfelt post in which she talks about worries she could never "divide [her] time and energy and love equally enough" between two children.
Kendra speaks about the different pregnancy experience she had with baby number two, saying, unlike her first, "there was no gender reveal party. No elaborate showers".
It was only after giving birth that the mum realised the new things a second baby could teach her, such as, "how to juggle 1,000 balls without completely melting down" and, "how absolutely strong I can be, and you've given me a confidence I lacked the first time around."
Her full post reads: "You were second. Not in my heart, but one did come before you in time. Yes, with you, it was different. There was no gender reveal party. No elaborate showers.
"We didn't read all the books or check the apps every week to see what vegetable you measured up against.
"I didn't take as many photos, didn't spend every waking moment thinking about the way your hair might curl up on the ends one muggy summer day.
"My mind was busier; my body more tired."
She continues: "The worries of a first-time-mom had faded, and now my thoughts drifted to fears that I wouldn't be enough for you. I wondered how on earth my heart could ever be big enough, how I could manage to divide my time and energy and love equally enough.
"And then, before I knew what happened (because, you see, time passes so much quicker the second time around), you were here.
"And in an instant, every fear faded.
"That magical feeling when you finally see the person you've loved for so long, face to face? It's not a one-time deal.
"The world stopped for what seemed like hours as I introduced myself and sang you 'Happy Birthday.'
"And that was it. I was yours. A mom of two. A family of four. And oh, sweet baby, the lessons you've helped me learn. You've taught me how to juggle 1,000 balls without completely melting down.
"You've taught me that kids truly are resilient, and that my love covers so many gaps.
"You've taught me to slow down. To savor firsts and lasts, and to focus on what's really important, like drinking in the smell of your hair after a bath, and memorizing your tiny fingers and your perfect baby lips.
"You've taught me to chill. To roll with the punches, and to laugh when everything falls apart.
"You've taught me how absolutely strong I can be, and you've given me a confidence I lacked the first time around."
Kendra finishes by saying: "But more than anything, my love, you taught me that a heart is absolutely limitless in size, and that love is the antidote to fear.
"So, it's true. You didn't make me a mother. But you sure made me a better one."
Since, the post has received over 11,000 shares and 2,1000 comments.
One fellow mother wrote: "I'm BAWLING. Beautiful words, beautiful sentiment, beautifully correct. #momoftwo."
Another great grandmother found the sentiment relatable, writing: "Only a loving mother can relate to this! I'm a mother of 3, grandmother of 8 and a great grandmother of 6. [sic] My heart just keeps filling with love for all of them. God has blessed me with so many to love."
Another gushed: "How is this so perfect? Thank you for the beautiful words to express being a second (or third) time mom [sic]."
We're not crying, you are.
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