This past week was my first full week alone with both kids. Now that it’s the weekend and Aaron is home I have had some time to reflect on the week. . . and write this post.
I don’t know if you know, but newborns are time-consuming (did I mention I’m writing this while snuggling my baby). . .and so are toddlers. So let’s be honest, some moments I feel like super mom and other moments I feel like I’m going to lose my mind (this all happens in the course of a few moments time). It has been an emotional roller coaster that’s for sure.
The week started off great. The weather was beautiful, so we were able to spend a few hours on Monday morning outdoors. First, with chalk, bubbles and kicking a soccer ball in the yard, and then we went for a walk to the park.
Austin conquered the slide for the first time. I love how cautious he is. He really has to feel like something is safe and that he can do it before he tries.
Lucy experienced her first real bath (not a sponge bath).
As the week went on, I was feeling really confident in my ability to manage 2 kids all day by myself. We ran errands, cooked dinner, and went to music class (which for the record I made it to with time to spare). Things were going great, until Austin got a fever. I’m still shocked that I managed to hold it together and didn’t completely break down. Although, I’m sure it will happen at some point.
There is definitely a learning curve involved when it comes to both kids needing you at the same time. And the meltdowns that happen simultaneously. . . they are rough! Trying to figure out who to tend to first, and then the stress and guilt of just listening to your other baby crying because they want you too. It was two long days that felt like a life time in the moment but we came out the other end and things are looking up.
I tend to be a very optimistic and positive person, but, I am also a realist. I may look like I have it all figured out and am put together, but I also struggle and have my fair share of mom fails and meltdowns. In the rough moments, I try to see the light at the end of the tunnel. So, I’m ending this post with the moments that made this week a whole heck of a lot better.
That face though.
This picture seriously makes it all worth it! He loves his sister.
A little couch yoga. . . Don’t ask.
Those of you with multiple children (especially close in age), how do you keep your sanity?