Preparing for a new baby is a major undertaking, to be sure. It's not my intent to minimize that, but I will also say that it's fairly easy to market to first-time moms. Look no further than the 57 Things To Do Before Baby Arrives listicle for evidence of anxious new mom manipulation. Once you've been around the birthing block, though, getting ready for another baby is a different proposition altogether. Preparing for your second baby is another (and, in my opinion, easier) ball of wax than preparing for your first.
When I was pregnant with my firstborn, I had not a blessed clue what I was doing. To compensate, my type-A personality went into hyper-drive. I read everything that I could get my hands on and was obsessed with things being "perfect" for the baby girl on her way. I folded and refolded clothes. I made a Pinterest-worthy name sign. I readied themed baskets (nursing, bathing, etc.) for my future convenience. I sterilized everything that was going into my baby's mouth, had my car seat checked by professionals, and did a dry run to the hospital. I was ready.
Now that I'm pregnant with my second child, I'm just a lot less stressed about the whole thing. I'm not doing as many of those "must-dos," but I feel just as prepared. I may be more relaxed, but I'm just as excited for this little guy to make his debut as I was the first time around. It's just that the anticipation looks a little different: