Today was back to reality for this momma. No more helpful husband on hand. Just one tired momma, one crying baby, and one BUSY toddler. My expectations for today were set pretty low, so the fact that I live to tell the story and we all survived is a major “win” in my book. This two-kid thing is no joke. I think I spent about 20 minutes to myself when their naps miraculously collided today. And, then, you’re left with the major dilemma of wether you should use those precious minutes to clean the disaster that used to be your home or close your eyes and get the rest you so desperately need while it’s possible. #momlife with 2 is a BIG job to say the least! Being outnumbered comes with its challenges and I have LOTS to learn!
Here’s what I learned today…
- Embrace the mess. Emmy had lots of fun pulling out every toy she could find during nursing sessions today. At one point I had an entire box of wipes unloaded all over my living room floor. She was oh so proud of herself too.
- You will have to divide your time and sometimes it will stink. Today had some tricky moments- like the time I had to detach Tucker while nursing several times in order to correct Emerson. She very obviously kept testing me and my warnings over and over again and giving me the eyes like, “what are you gonna do about it??”. So tough, especially when you know there is probably some jealousy and adjustment issues at play too.
- You’ll find the energy because you have to! And then crash at the end of the day. When you’re with a toddler, especially mine, there is no slowing down. Even though I could hardly tell you the difference between wake and sleep at this point, somehow I was able to dance, entertain, chase, do laundry, diapers, dishes, baths, bubbles, and even a stroller ride just for my family. Mommy super powers!
- Nap time is awesome. Hopefully that doesn’t sound awful but every mom knows it’s truth. It’s the moment to let out a huge sigh of relief and then go-go-go before it’s over. After two weeks of the #momlife, Matt said, “Wow! You must really look forward to her nap everyday. This is just non-stop. I always thought that would be the time I’d get all my jobs done and be busy but all I want to do is sit here and stare and do nothing for once.” So, yes, nap time is wonderful. Don’t worry I get excited when she finally wakes up too!
A look at day 1 as just the 3 of us…