When your first child arrives, you are nervous about everything. You’ve probably never changed a diaper, let alone been responsible for the life of another person. It’s huge and nerve-racking, but quickly you get the hang of this parenting thing.
So your baby grows a bit, and now it’s time to add that second child. I mean, you’ve got this parenting thing now. You can diaper, bathe and feed a baby in your sleep, right?
What no one tells you is adding a second child to your family is a huge transition. There are unexpected feelings of spreading yourself out to thin, worries of not being able to give all your time to each child. And there’s also the immediate anxiety of making sure the toddler doesn’t try to pick the baby up.
So when I was photographing Dean’s newborn session, and his mother voiced similar emotions, I was glad that my job allows me to be a listening ear to a mom at just the right time.
I was able to tell her, and you other moms reading this, that your feelings are totally normal and common. And I’m also here to tell you, and show you with these photos:
You don’t need to worry. There is always more room for love and joy.
While you are overwhelmed with fatigue and emotion right now, we are never given more than we can handle. And at just the right moment your toddler will snuggle the baby, give him kisses or “help” feed him a bottle. Then you will realize that your heart is growing each day along with your children. And you will wonder why you ever worried at all.