I have to admit that second time around, I was exactly like this mum. I think its because I knew what to expect having gone through it before. The endless watching and making sure my first baby was breathing, the tippy toeing around in case the slightest of noises woke him, which invariable it did and the worry of wondering if he was too warm or too cold. With my second baby I was so much more relaxed, no quietness in the house this time around, lots of noise and music and I did not lose sleep worrying :-)
"The biggest change is that this time I’m not sitting up watching my daughter’s sweet face while she sleeps, like I did so often with my son. When he was so little, I was constantly checking on him. Is he breathing? Did I put too many clothes on him? Is he warm enough? Is the sleep sack on correctly? It was constant and it took me a long time to relax when he went to sleep. This time around? My head hits the pillow as soon as my daughter’s eyes flutter closed. I’m a whole lot more rested and it helps me tackle everything else with a bit more patience."