Who knew that having baby #2 would be such a game changer. I mean, I wasn’t clueless, but when we were in the thick of it I felt pretty clueless. Who am I kidding, we are still in the thick of it.
People say the move from 1 child to 2 is the hardest. While you recognize it will be difficult, you ask “how difficult can it be, we’ve done this before.” Yes, you are prepared to repeat the phases and stages, but you soon realize you aren’t prepared for what it is like to deal with kids in two different stages. Like, it’s normal for a 3-year-old to go through a Linda Blair phase. Even with all the ups and downs I wouldn’t trade it for the world. Here are a few things I learned about moving from 1 to 2 (and I don’t know how you people have 3+)
1. Time is fleeting, no matter how much you plan ahead, you will need to give something up, like blogging… for almost a year. What can I say these two little control freaks come first.
2. If a baby sleeps through the night in the first few weeks, it doesn’t mean they will continue to do so…
3. A sleep regression that last months isthe best. Zzzzzzz!
4. No baby proofing for the first child means nailing everything to the ceiling for the second.
5. Did I mention time? Definitely your worst enemy.
6. Exercise to lose the baby weight doesn’t come easy (see 1 & 3).
7. Apparently cysts and surgery at 1 year is pretty typical.
8. Don’t blink, your baby will be 1
9. The love between siblings is real
10. The love/hate between siblings is also very real
13. You never realize how much you can juggle until you have to hold a squirming baby while assisting your novice potty trained child in a public bathroom.
14. You give up on germs…
15. Then everyone gets sick in chain reaction and you go back on #14
16. Watching Little Control Freak the 2nd light up when he sees Little Control Freak = priceless
17. 1:1 time with each of the kids is important, for everyone
18. 1:1 time with your partner is equally important
19. 1:1 time for yourself even more important
20. Do your best and forget the rest #justkeepswimming