Hey mamas! Second baby on the way? Buckle up for a wild ride (with a built-in tornado!). But trust me, the sibling love that blooms? It’s pure magic. ✨Yeah, this time is different (but just as amazing!). Think revisiting your fave rollercoaster – familiar thrills, guaranteed surprises, and double the tiny tornadoes wreaking adorable havoc. In this blog I’ll be diving into the myths, share tips, and celebrate welcoming your new miracle.
P.S. I’ve got some heart-exploding photos from recent sessions!
Every pregnancy is a unique journey, and the transition from expecting your first child to preparing for the arrival of a sibling comes with its own set of differences. Couples preparing for this adventure for the second time, often find that the experience is both very familiar and noticeably different!
First-time parents often approach pregnancy with a mix of excitement and uncertainty. Making sure to check all the boxes for whats needed in the nursery and getting all the outfits and diapers ready. The second time around, there’s a sense of confidence, tempered with the wisdom gained from the first experience… you may find yourself trying to enjoy the pregnancy more than worrying about how much of the house is ready for baby.
The dynamic between your firstborn and their new sibling is a heartwarming aspect of the second pregnancy. You not only get to meet your new baby but you also get to witness the pure magic that is giving your oldest a sibling. To top it off, having these moments documented plays into a beautiful narrative in your family’s story that you get to display around the house.
As a seasoned birth and newborn photographer, I’ve encountered various myths surrounding second pregnancies. Let’s debunk some of these misconceptions:
While some aspects may feel more familiar, each pregnancy is unique. The challenges and joys are different, and acknowledging this helps in preparing both emotionally and practically. For example, with my first I experienced little to no symptoms the entire pregnancy… with my second, I knew I was pregnant the minute I could smell the CREAMER in my husbands coffee from across the room. Not to mention the first trimester exhaustion almost took me out.
Proper preparation is still crucial, it can look like creating a birth plan, organizing postpartum essentials, or ensuring a supportive network of family and friends. With subsequent pregnancies you might find yourself trying to organize help with the older siblings for after baby has arrives so that you can rest as much as possible. For our family, it consisted of preparing a postpartum cart that held diapers, wipes, burp cloths and all the postpartum essentials for mom… oh and breastfeeding snacks!
Navigating the journey from being parents of one to a family of four requires thoughtful preparation. Here are some insights for couples:
Documenting the evolving family dynamics through professional photography creates a beautiful visual narrative that will be cherished for generations. For most of the families I work with, this consists of maternity, birth and a newborn session. As the years go on, which as we know happens quickly, I always hear of families going back and rewatching their birth film every year on that child’s birthday!
Plan activities that involve the firstborn in welcoming the new sibling. Have them help you with diaper changes or picking out an outfit for the baby to wear. I also love to suggest an activity that we can do during the newborn sessions so that older siblings don’t feel that it’s all about the baby. This allows them to play a roll in the session and make it fun!
While experience brings confidence, updating the birth plan ensures that preferences for the second birth are considered, taking into account the unique aspects of each pregnancy. Even if its not your first birth, I always suggest mamas to hire on a doula.. especially if you’re birthing in a hospital. Having a doula and birth plan allows space for you to feel confident in advocating for yourself. I found with the second pregnancies, we know what we do and don’t want out of the birth and so preparing ahead of time allows you to solidify these wishes with your birth team.
All in all welcoming your second baby can come with so much excitement and even some uncertainty… from working with families, I find it brings more confidence being that this isn’t your first rodeo. There are definitely some areas where you might find yourself preparing and other areas where you have full confidence that it will all work out perfectly.
As you wait for the arrival of your newest little babe, It would be an honor to be welcomed into your space for birth photography and newborn sessions that truly capture the essence of your unique story. Feel free to explore my portfolio and contact me to embark on this beautiful journey together. Your family’s story is my passion, and I am here to create timeless memories for you!
Adrienne Rodriguez Central Florida Birth and Newborn photographer
Five years ago I gave birth to our baby girl and turned down the offer to have a friend document my daughters birth. As a first time mom, I had no idea what to expect out of birth and so with the fears of the unknown, I declined her offer… minutes after my daughters birth I realized it was my BIGGEST regret!
Over the past five years I have had the amazing opportunity to photograph many beautiful bump to baby stories. Being apart of your birth space is so much more than capturing a photo. It’s telling your story and allowing you to relive the day you welcome your baby into the world.