When I was a mom of one I thought I had things down pat. I
traveled the country with my baby in tow like it was no biggie. We went on more
than a dozen flights together and she was even my buddy to concerts and events.
But then I had another baby. At first it wasn’t so hard.
Like with my infant daughter, I kept my son in a carrier most of his first
year. When we went out he was content to be snuggled there. But by the time he
started to walk things got significantly harder. Going out with one kid is
a piece of cake, but going out with both of them can be ridiculously stressful.
Here are 5 things that have gotten more difficult since
having a second child.
1. No more sleeping in
My daughter used to sleep
in on the weekends until 9. Oh it was lovely. Now she hears her brother wake up
around 7 a.m. and joins him in the early morning partying.
There’s something about the ease of grabbing one kid and running out to the car that I’ll never take advantage of
again. Running out with two? Not so easy. And unless you get one of those
awesome shopping carts with built-in entertainment, there are rarely peaceful
3. More shopping
And if getting to the store
wasn’t hard enough, now you’re needing to do more of it because you know, you
need clothes and food for two kids.
4. Bath time
It never fails that one of my kids
wants to splash around and the other doesn’t. Or they both want the same toy at
the same exact time. That’s not even the hardest part. Getting both out and dry
before bed seems to be the trickiest part for me.
5. Not enough lap space
Both of my kids have a
favorite spot to sit: My lap. I’ll always make room for both of them, but
sometimes it feels like there’s not enough of me to go around.
While there are several things that have been more difficult
since welcoming a second, there are just as many positives.
1. Been there, done that
All those worries and
feelings of paranoia I had with the first didn’t seem to come back for the
second. At least not nearly to the same degree. I knew what to expect when it
came to feeding and diapers, and that was a huge load off.
2. They can occasionally entertain each other.
doesn’t happen as much as I’d like, but I’m sure this will get better with age.
3. It’s amazing seeing how similar and different
Part of me thought I’d be having a 2.0 baby — just slightly different
than the first. But I’m really enjoying just seeing how different my kids are
all on their own.
4. There’s always someone to snuggle.
cuddler, and if one of my kids isn’t in the mood to snuggle up, chances are the
other will be.
5. They love each other so much.
They may argue
from time to time but they really do love each other. And nothing melts my
heart quite like the sound of their joint laughter coming from the next room.