All my life, I've listened to people musing about how different I am from my older sister, and how other second children vary from the first.
Now, mid pregnancy with my second child, I'm finally beginning to get some insight into the 'why'!
I am remembering (wistfully!) that first pregnancy ... sleeps whenever I needed them; a large glass of water in attendance wherever I sat in the house; singing in the shower to the little one on a daily basis; playing lovely music for the little one's benefit... the list goes on.
Now I compare that to my current pregnancy... my 18 month old is increasing fast on her feet, which means I am increasingly fast on my feet (despite getting bigger by the day - nay, by the minute it seems!!); every glass of water is utilised for finger painting purposes; every nap my daughter takes leads to an internal battle - should I nap? or will this be the only chance to vacuum for the next week?!; showers ... what can I say about showers ... my daughter needs to be unconscious for me to have a shower on my own, so less singing and more saying 'careful' and 'watch your feet' and 'really, that's not a bath toy'; and music ... well, instead of Clannad the new bubba will be far more familiar with the theme to Bob the Builder!
I know that my daughter responded so sweetly after her arrival to the particular song I sang daily in the shower, so I know this new baby is listening and absorbing ... but absorbing what?? I'm not quite sure what impact all of the chaos will have on the little one, but I'm sure he'll have a vastly different start in life than my daughter.
I just hope it's the laughter he hears the loudest.