I’ve been meaning to write this post for a couple of weeks now, but I’m learning pretty fast that life with two kids doesn’t include much free time — and if I DO manage to find some down time, I’ll usually blow it all on sneaking in a quick nap -infant-induced sleep deprivation is my biggest enemy.
As mentioned in my introductory post, I just had my second baby boy two months ago and he’s pretty much the cutest thing ever. His arrival, however, has thrown my otherwise-orderly life for a bit of a tailspin.
My first son just turned three, so before baby #2 arrived we’d definitely had our routine down. Life was pretty predictable and I was used to having my walking, talking sidekick around. I could get a sitter for him whenever I felt like it, I got my chores done while he played, I felt sort of on top of my mom game. And then baby came. Don’t get me wrong — we were so excited to welcome him into the family and I LOVE having two boys. But life with a newborn has thrown our old routine out the window and it’s a lot harder to get things done around here. Plus, trying to find enough patience and quality time with my older son (who clamors for attention now that I’m split between the two of them) is more difficult when i’m so busy keeping a tiny human alive or even just trying to enjoy the cuddly-baby phase before it’s gone.
Despite all that, though, I’ve discovered something new — the pure joy of watching my two little boys smile at each other and become friends, the exhausted bliss of waking up in the early morning hours to a sweet snuggly baby, the satisfaction of knowing i’m growing our little family. I love watching my older son help out with the baby and I love spending my days with the two of them. I just wish I could get over this gnawing guilt of feeling like I’m spread too thin and that I’ll never be able to keep my house clean again. 🙂
So, I’d love to hear it — what are your best tips for adjusting to life with two kids? Please share in the comments below. And, in the meantime, if you need me I’ll be taking a nap.