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Having a Second BabyRead all about making the not-so-easy transition from one child to two.
Are you having a second baby? If you’re like most moms, you’ll still be able to recall the details of your initial encounter with your firstborn. The sheer joy upon taking your new bundle of joy in your arms is still fresh in your memory.
From that point on, every little thing that the new addition to the household did or went through was deemed priceless. Although there may have been occasional stressful junctures due to the adjustments that had to be made (midnight feedings, nappy changes, etc.), the novelty of the situation prevailed. But what about the second baby?
Firstborn, First Joy
Firstborns are lucky. Despite being a guinea pig for their parents’ trial-and-error nurturing techniques, they have the most documented existence. Moreover, they are privileged to have
their mother’s and fathers’ attention all to themselves—at least until the decision, whether by faith or fate, to have another child is handed down.
Second Baby Alert: Financial Concerns and Time
Children are always a blessing. So don’t despair or go through another panic attack if the stork pays a second visit. Keep in mind that you are now better equipped to handle the situation. Everything that you went through with your eldest, misadventures included, will prove to be handy when your second baby is born. However, avoid getting too complacent. You’ll still need to prepare for this new milestone.
“There are many changes that parents should look out for when they decide to have a second baby,” explains Ani Rosa Almario, school director of Raya School. Her hands-on experience with the parents and children in this progressive educational institution has taught her that various implications arise when a second child comes along. “First, there are, of course, the financial concerns,” she narrates. “Having a second child means preparing for another child who will need food, lodging, and tuition.
Second, there is a newborn to care for— on top of another child—and this has an impact on the parents’ time. “But, more often than not, parents are better prepared for the second child, especially since they have already learned the ropes with their first. More importantly, they also know what parenting strategies work by now.”
Ani Rosa Almario, school director, Raya School
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