Question: What do you expect when you are on to your second, third or more child?
Answer: Not a helluva lot.
When Adam and Kate were born, I scoured the 'milestones' books (Exhibit A: What to Expect: The First Year) to see what they should be achieving when. Each month I would read up about what they should doing. I would puff out my chest in pride when they achieved something early. I would worry that there was something 'wrong' when they didn't quite hit the milestone.
How things have changed.
Max is such an easy baby, but maybe that is because I am so much more relaxed this time around. This morning I was changing Max's nappy, marvelling how big and strong he has got and I thought to myself "I wonder when he is supposed to start rolling over?" In a totally 'whatever, whenever' kind of way. And then I had to have a little laugh at myself. I thought if it had been with Adam and Kate, I would have not only known the exact moment when babies were supposed to be rolling over, I would have already started worrying that they weren't. Old Maxie boy? He will roll over when he feels like rolling over.
Motherhood is sooooo much better this time around, I am enjoying every stage and phase so much. This is how it *should* be.