If the gap between my posts here are any indication, going from 1 baby to 2 is a bit of an adjustment, for EVERYONE.
I have always been someone that has taken pride in being very organized and able to manage a lot. I work full-time, have my little guy, an active dog, a husband that is out of town most of the time, and I am doing my Masters part-time. Then we decided to add another baby to the mix. I like to say it was because I was bored (I wasn’t).
I was not so delusional to think that it wasn’t going to be an adjustment for us, but somewhere between all the tears (mainly by me, well actually almost all me), nursing, lack of sleep, mastitis, nursing, finishing papers for school, nursing, getting a preschooler out the door and keeping the house a float, I realized it was more than I thought it ever would be. Oh and rushing #1 to the hospital for stitches, just for fun, he had to make sure he got some more attention in there.
Our biggest leasons from 1 to 2:
Adjusting to a bigger family can be a big change for everyone, but it important to not underestimate how much of an adjustment it can be for you. Taking time and trying to get your bearings again can be even harder when you have another one demanding your time, but it is more important than ever. You can’t have the train going off the track when you have two relying on you!
I don’t have a ton of advice, because we are only through month one, but so far I have kept both the kids alive and have had a couple of showers in between. Just make sure that you put your family and friends on notice that you might not be responsive for the first month. I actually even just posted it to facebook to apologize that they wouldn’t hear from us, especially during the holidays.
Taking the time for you and the little people you look after is the most important part. You can do it, it just might take more tears than you remember the first time (and yes you can put together lego sets while nursing).
What is your advice? What was the biggest change for you?