We have 4 kids now, Alba is 8 months, Bowie is 2, Marlo 6 and Ryder, 9. My friends think I’m either crazy or amazing - but it honestly got easier each time we had a baby.
I still remember bringing my first born Ryder home from the hospital. He was 2 days old and we just didn’t know what to expect, what to do. When I took his nappy off, he weed all over himself. I was desperate to get him clean so we filled the bath with about 2 cm of water and popped him in. He just bawled! Of course now we’d just use a wipe, but with your first baby you’ve got this real drive to do everything right, even though you don’t know what that is!
Sleeping was the same. With Ryder I’d pick him up the instant he cried. I felt I had to sooth him constantly - in fact I rocked him to sleep every night til he was 18 months. And in the end, he was a terrible sleeper. Wouldn’t settle by himself. With the others I was way more relaxed, didn’t hover over them every second, let them figure things out themselves a bit more, and they all slept through from around 8 months. It was such a big difference and life seems so much easier without the sleep deprivation.