I love both of my children equally. I love them in different ways, but in equal amounts. However, one thing I’ve noticed since having baby #2 is the way my parenting has changed. It’s become much more laid back, and I find that I don’t worry as much about the stuff I did when I first became a mom. It’s an approach to motherhood that I’ve seen other moms share on social media, and in conversations on play dates.

I’m not sure if it’s a blessing or a curse for my 2nd child, but here’s a few ways I have changed when it comes to being a mama to baby #2.

With my first baby, I was extra careful when it came to cleanliness. If I saw one speck of dirt on the floor, I would quickly move the baby, vacuum up the dirt and then keep him away from that area the rest of the day. With baby #2, it’s “Is that dirt? Hmm. I wonder where that came from. Oh well. God made dirt, and dirt don’t hurt.”

When it comes to safety, I was paranoid with everything my first baby did. “Oh my gosh, he’s crawling towards the table! He’s going to bump his head! He’ll get brain damage! I have to put soft bumpers on the corners!” But now? “She might bump her head if she crawls towards the table. Eh, she’s a tough cookie. She’s got to learn somehow.”

Getting my first baby dressed meant making sure he had a crisp, clean shirt and wrinkle-free pants. My mini fashionista? She can totally rock her little jeggings three days in a row, as long as they don’t smell like poop.

These are just a few examples of how my 2nd round of parenting has helped me chill out a bit. I’ve realized that children are much more resilient than we give them credit for, and that we shouldn’t sweat the small stuff.

So, mamas, can you relate? Or were you just as cautious with every child?

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