When I was pregnant, I had quite a few people (mostly acquaintances) tell me that the transition from 1 kid to 2 kids was HARD. However, I also had my close group of friends say that going from 1 to 2 was much easier than going from 0 to 1.
Soooo that led me to the conclusion that it probably just depends on the temperament of your baby and perhaps whatever else is going on in your life. I honestly don't think it's incredibly harder (yet!) now that we added another child. It's different, yes, but not necessarily harder. (Okay, Landon and Chase, don't make me regret saying that!) The one thing that does make it hard is Logan's schedule…but hopefully he will start getting more day shifts because today is his first one in weeks and it's been wonderful! But I digress.
Now for a few things I've learned in my first 3 weeks of having 2 children to care for (newborn + 2 year old):
- The toddler will ask for a snack at the exact moment that you started feeding the baby
- The toddler and dog will start running around, yelling/barking, as soon as the baby falls asleep
- You will be in the midst of changing a poopy toddler diaper when the baby starts crying
- You're still drinking your coffee by the time lunch rolls around
- You will realize it's 1pm and while the kids have eaten lunch, you have not
- You shovel a few bites of food into your mouth between housework and dealing with the kiddos
BUT for every one of those moments, there will be one of these:
- Your toddler will give the crying baby his pacifier without you even asking
- You will be cuddling the baby when the toddler comes over and gives both of you a hug
- Both kids will nap at the same time and it is GLORIOUS
- You will think about the time you so desperately wanted just one baby…and now you have two.
- Catching up on the dishes or laundry will feel like the biggest accomplishment of the year
- Spending time alone with just your toddler will be even more special
Special shout out to Chase for taking a long nap and to Landon for playing so well independently. Momma was able to blog (and do the dishes)! ;)