Life with 2 so far

Going from zero to one kid was a pretty hard adjustment for me. I hadn’t spent a lot (any) time around people with actual babies and I just had no idea what to expect. Also, in the same year, I moved across the country, got married, we bought a house, and I quit my job, so it’s possible I was coping with a few other changes at the same time. But, regardless, it was H.A.R.D.

I pictured life with a baby as being pretty serene and easy, hahahaha. I thought they slept all the time in adorable little PJs and drank some milk here and there. I also envisioned 7 pm rolling around, us putting the baby in his crib, having a nice dinner together, watching some TV, going to sleep, and being greeted with a smiley face at 7 am. I pretty much pictured life as a Carter’s ad and it was a bit of a rude awakening when it wasn’t.

This time I knew better. I pictured life a lot more tired, a lot less structured, and a lot more hectic. I imagined it would look something like this all day…

Jungle gym and dairy cow

Jungle gym and dairy cow

And something like this all night…

Uhh still a jungle gym and dairy cow

Uhh still a jungle gym and dairy cow

Good news is I was right so there have been few surprises this time. The one thing I forgot about was how many bodily fluids would be in the bed every morning. Is that sweat from my hormonal night sweats? Pee from the baby’s diaper? Or milk that leaked out once F and I both fell asleep and it kept flowing? It’s kind of an exciting game every morning to guess.

The one thing I couldn’t envision this time was the sibling thing. There have been hard moments and sweet ones, but how can you look at this and not melt?

OMG

OMG

*I should also mention that this post would have an entirely different and more desperate tone were it not for my mom being here to help tons.

 

9 Responses to Life with 2 so far

  1. So sweet <3 Sibling babies are the absolute best.

  2. I felt the exact same way going from 0 to 1 and 1 to 2. :)

  3. I really wonder who touted the “kids are easy” as I know so many (including myself) who had no idea when the first one came out how hard it actually was – it seemed like a fairy tale according to everyone else! I’m glad it is going much better the second go around! Really cute photos. Your descriptions are very funny, how fast does one forget those post partum hormones, I am not looking forward to those night sweats once again!

  4. I can’t WAIT to see the sibling bond. :) And jungle gym and dairy cow pretty much sums it up. Too funny. :)

  5. Aww, so glad things are going well! And, you do that “dairy cow/jungle gym” thing pretty well! ;)

    Love that picture of both boys with their Wubs. What is Elephant’s name going to be? Eli? B’s got all of those Marcus’ monkeys, so F’s gotta have a ton of elephants, right? ;)

  6. awww!!! Congrats! I’ve been such a slacker in blogland lately. So glad your little one is here… he looks absolutely perfect! And oh gosh I remember the dairy cow days… One time I remember I had spit up and milk on me… then I felt a warm trickle down my waist. Yup, 3 bodily fluids at once. How special! Glad you’ve had few surprises…and I’m glad you have help!

  7. ADORABLE pics!! I think it sounds like you are doing really well.

  8. It is definitely a little easier with each kid. I think we grow in confidence as well that we can do what’s right for our family and not ‘what’s right’ to everyone else. And there is truly nothing better than sibling love!