Thanks to everyone for their helpful insight. I think I'd have to be a moron not to be a little scared about the upcoming changes to our family. When it's the "first time around" you have no idea how much this little person is going to affect every single thing. This time, I am not so innocent.
I am still concerned about a lot, but I know that we will do it, just as every other family has done, is doing, and will continue to do. I will probably continue to vent about it here, which I hope doesn't offend anyone. I know we are blessed to be having the experience of adding a second child to our family, when so many people are still waiting on the miracle of our first. But this blog has always been my place to discuss how I am feeling. It is my outlet where I know I can get advice from real life experts - other parents in the trenches.
One thing that a comment mentioned is that I should get help if I have issues with post partum depression and anxiety again. While I agree that getting assistance is absolutely essential, I also have to refer to the old expression, "The first step is admitting that you have a problem." With Will, I thought I was prepared. I tacked a list of "Top Ten PPD Warning Signs" up on the 'fridge and told M to let me know if I experienced more than a few.
I had all but two of them. In the midst of it, though, I rationalized that it was "lack of sleep," that it would "pass," and everyone gets the "baby blues." While I am sure all of those are true enough and I started feeling better as time and sleep went on, I do think I could have benefited from some pharmacologic assistance.
So, I'll just ask you, my loyal friends and readers, to leave a supportive comment if you notice any warning signs in my posting. Last time, my obsession with Will's sleep and paralyizing anxiety were probably the two biggest signs, just as a head's up.
Thank you for walking this journey with me. I hope you know how much it means.
Edited: Here is the list I was referring to as well as a great site for information and resources on PPD/anxiety.
Top Ten Symptoms of Post Partum Depression
Source: National Institute of Mental Health
•Feeling restless or irritable.
•Feeling sad or crying a lot.
•Having headaches, chest pains, heart palpitations (the heart being fast and feeling like it is skipping beats), numbness, or hyperventilation (fast and shallow breathing).
•Not being able to sleep or being very tired, or both.
•Not being able to eat and weight loss OR overeating and weight gain.
•Trouble focusing, remembering, or making decisions.
•Being overly worried about the baby OR having no interest in the baby.
•Feeling worthless and guilty.
•Being afraid of hurting the baby or yourself.
•No interest or pleasure in activities, including sex.
Also, here is a good site with a lot of resources:
Also, good to have on hand:
When To Call Your Doctor
When to see a doctor:
■Don't fade after two weeks
■Are getting worse
■Make it hard for you to care for your baby
■Make it hard to complete everyday tasks
■Include thoughts of harming yourself or your baby
Getting early treatment for postpartum depression can speed your recovery.