I've often heard people mention that the first child for any couple always gets the best stuff. They get the new crib. They get the new toys. They have a million and four photos taken their first week of life.
Like any person who didn't have any children, I didn't think that could possibly be true. Like any non-parent, I was arrogant. And I was wrong.
If you remember, we did buy a lot of stuff for Gene at yard sales. However, he did get a lot of new stuff as well. A new stroller. A new crib. A new car seat. The list goes on. Baby #2, on the other hand, is going to get an awful lot of hand-me-downs. And that's understandable. We have all of this gently-used baby gear in our basement, why on earth would we go buy brand new stuff?
I thought that's where this story would end.
And then I took a peek at my charts.
You see, both of my pregnancies have been planned. We decided in November 2010 that we wanted to start a family so I began charting. I was meticulous. I woke up at the same time every single morning and charted my signs. We conceived Gene on the second cycle. This is what that chart looked like:
I only missed a couple of days of temping and charted until I took my first pregnancy test.
This time things went a little differently. We had been talking about expanding our family but I had not been charting. I was nearly mid-way through my cycle so I decided I'd better start charting. I charted for a whopping five days before it indicated that I was ovulating. We decided to go for it and that was that.
As you can see, I stopped charting after that. Honestly, I kind of forgot about it. We had Michael home for a week and then enjoyed a nice, quiet Thanksgiving. It wasn't until I talked to a friend about pregnancy that I even remembered that I should buy a test. I went to the store, headed home and tested in the middle of the day.
I was kind of shocked that the test was positive. Very happy, but a little surprised. I was so lazy with my charting that I was certain we were out for the month.
So there you have it. Baby #2 is still incubating, but already he or she is getting less than 100%.
Did you do things differently with subsequent babies?