Maggie Rodriguez and Erica Hill have an awful lot in common. The two women both work for The Early Show (Erica is the co-anchor of the Saturday edition and Newsreader of the weekday edition of the broadcast, and Maggie is the co-anchor of The Early Show weekday edition). Additionally, both women are pregnant with their second child and both are expecting a boy. Hill will be delivering her second son any day now, while Rodriguez is due in July, 2010.
Get an intimate look at how they view their second pregnancies in this candid question-and-answer interview.
What's the biggest change in your attitude toward pregnancy this time?
Maggie: I am a lot less stressed, even though my first trimester was an ordeal. My daughter, Daniella, who's 4, got H1N1. Then I came down with shingles in my eye and was hospitalized for six days. But I'm glad it was during my second pregnancy, because if it had been my first, I would have been more freaked out. Now I know how resilient babies are. I was on antivirals; I was on morphine. The doctors reassured me it was okay.
Erica: The first time, it was scary to think I might never get my body back. When I was pregnant with Weston, who's 3, I gained 50 pounds and it stressed me out. I told my doctor I was worried about gaining all that weight again. She said, "I'm not concerned with how much you gain; I'm happy to see that you lost it all, and when you got pregnant with number two, you were where you started with number one."
How else is this pregnancy different?
Maggie: Something that's hard to admit is that this pregnancy doesn't have the novelty of the first. I haven't read as many books, and I haven't written as much in my journal. I've been busy with my daughter. It's made me feel as if I've been neglecting this baby in a way, because being pregnant isn't so new.
Erica: Yes! With Weston, I had a pregnancy book and would write stuff down all the time, but this time I haven't written a single thing. But I know why we're not doing it: We know what's coming.
Right, and now that you're no longer first-timers, what baby product do you feel you could skip?
Maggie: A swaddling blanket. I know how to swaddle now. This time, I want the bare minimum. But you can't know that until you've been through it before.
Erica: I can live without a wipewarmer. What happens when you're out and you don't have it? All you can say is, "Sorry, buddy."
Pregnancy: The Second Time Around
Do you think this baby is going to be a lot different from your first child?
Maggie: I think so because of the different ways they behave in the womb. My daughter never kicked me; she was a quiet, serene, easy baby in the womb, and that's how she is now. This one is always kicking. He's going to play soccer.
Erica: It's funny to think about how they'll be different because they're the same sex. Mostly I've noticed what's similar. They both like to stick a foot under my right rib and do the same dance moves.
Is the big sibling excited?
Erica: I think Weston will be in for a shock once he realizes this little one is staying forever. We know it's going to be an adjustment. But Weston is a sweet child -- we're in the process of moving, and he'll say, "I want to save these toys for my baby brother." It's pretty sweet.
Maggie: I don't foresee a lot of jealousy, because Daniella will be 5, and already I can see signs of her wanting to be a mommy. She asks, "Can we practice changing my baby brother on my doll?" And we do!
It's hard to imagine loving another child as much as you love your first?
Maggie: I was worried about that, frankly. But the moment I went for my first ultrasound and saw that heart beating and that baby shape, I fell in love, and realized I have plenty of love to give both.
Erica: You give me chills when you talk about that. I felt the same way with our second: When I saw the screen, I thought, Here is this miracle happening all over again. Both my grandmother and mother tell me, "You are so worried about having enough love in your heart, but there's no way that you won't have more love -- you will!" When I get to that moment when I have two, I am so curious to see what it will be like and what my heart does. My heart wanted to explode with one!
What are you most looking forward to?
Erica: Meeting him!
Maggie: Me too!
Erica: Also, the moment the boys meet. To see my children together -- I want to start crying just thinking about it. I can't wait to see my son holding his little brother. It's going to be an incredible moment.
Maggie: I was going to say the same exact thing.
Originally published in the April 2010 issue of American Baby magazine.