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.