It's midnight, and I am settling into bed after changing my
18-month-old daughter and soothing her with a little warm milk. But I sit in
silence, waiting for my other child to wake up. Sure enough, 10 minutes
later (just as I am dozing off) I hear another small voice calling for me, scared
by the storm.
As a mom who had two kids in less than two years, this is my normal—and I know I am not alone.
Whether two back-to-back pregnancies were exactly what you
planned, or you simply had a little happy surprise, having two very little ones
underfoot is a wild ride. Before you can catch your breath from putting out
one fire, there is another diaper to change or boo-boo to kiss. If you had
multiple kids in hurry, you are sure to identify with these 6 things every mom
who had two kids in less than two years experiences.
you are one of the lucky ones with kids who sleep through night, exhaustion is
your new way of life. When you have two kids back-to-back, chances are your
oldest will still be waking in the night after the new baby arrives.
And when they do sleep? It is never at the same time. I
swear, my daughters have been plotting against me by staggering their naps and
taking turns waking in the middle of the night.
The only chance for a successful trip to the grocery store is when you're armed with snacks, toys, multiple pacifiers and a strategic map of the store.
Tackling an hour of shopping with a breastfeeding infant who eats every hour and a barely walking
toddler is no easy task.
Announce your first pregnancy and you'll hear a whole lot of
"Congratulations!"; announce a second pregnancy months after the birth of your
first and you'll hear a whole lot of "Was this one a surprise?" and "You know
what causes that, right?"
After months of juggling infant feedings and toddler emotions on
just a few hours of sleep, it starts to feel like survival mode is all you will
know. But one day, usually when you need it the very most, you will discover
your toddler doing everything in her power to make her sister laugh or picking up her toys without prompting. Things do get easier. And you will be grateful you made the choice to have two babies so close together.