Really, you are all too kind.
I find that the first 24 hours after giving birth are pretty easy - reality doesn't hit until the second day at the hospital and the first day you're home with the new baby. After that the reality of life with a newborn hit me like a truck. The strangest part is that this time I felt less prepared than I did with the first.
Could it be that this time I didn't read anything about newborn care? Could my mind have erased any memory of those first weeks in order to trick me into continuing to propagate the species? I think so. How else do you explain the fact that I forgot all about the umbilical cord stump and how much it freaks me out every time I have to change his diaper? Or the sheer volume of diapers - I had forgotten that newborns poop every time they eat. And that they like to eat at night. So you have to get up and feed and change a diaper and they like to keep their legs close to their tummies and their legs are so squirmy yet so strong.
And having a newborn and a toddler can be summed up by this: the toddler sleeps all night, the baby sleeps all day. Isn't that awesome? Everybody gets attention, as long as you don't need to sleep. And I do. So goodnight, I'm off to steal a few minutes of rest.