Assuming you have a relatively “easy” second child, it is amazing how quickly you look up and they are sleeping through the night, are on a fairly systematic schedule, and you don’t even remember how you got here. You do, however, remember agonizing for the three months that your first child didn’t sleep through the night because you were in a black hole then and you never knew when it would end.  You do remember reading and re-reading book after book, searching for the perfect schedule, wondering why the math never added up on how many hours of sleep they should be getting per day.  You do remember googling every symptom and following advice after advice, rather than listening to your own God-given intuition .  It is amazing how {some} babes will thrive when you let them.

Having two children is downright empowering.  I can’t believe how much I paralyzed myself over indecision and fears with one.  Somehow, having another has not only taken those away, but replaced them with an amazing sense of confidence.

This is the first time I’ve felt this way since Bea came along, but I wish I could freeze time right now.  The girls are at such a lovely stage and life is so much fun.  MG is responsible and independent, but also thoughtful and playful.  The independent part makes life so much easier.  She can put her own shoes on, get in/out of her car seat, do simple chores, wash her hands, follow a routine, and clean up her toys.  Bea is mellow and easy.  She will sleep on the go, held or on her own.  Will put herself to sleep if need be, and will wait patently to eat.  Strap her in the stroller or Beco and she will either sleep or watch big sis run around.  If you are nervous to have two because you think life will get harder,  I’m living proof that it actually may not.  And really, it might just get easier.  And definitely more fun.

Speaking of fun, here are some pics we took yesterday at the pumpkin patch : IMG_3705 IMG_3706

And speaking of independent, MG was quite sure she didn’t want to ride the “pumpkin train” without me, but she did however jump at the chance to do the inflatable caterpillar obstacle course (not once but twice) and THIS:

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(I had to pry her away)

I’m quite sure that age three is when the toys get more fun, the imaginations get more full, the play times get more independent, the helping hand gets more confident and enthusiastic.  Two was not so much my favorite, but I think 3 is going to be a blast!

And finally, there is something that a penny can still buy these days:

 

Pure joy.

 

5 Comments on Life with Two {part three}

  1. Elizabeth
    October 17, 2013 at 1:26 am (4 years ago)

    I am so so so glad you are enjoying every second of it.. It goes by so fast!!!! Bea can sit up?!?!

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    • Sweet Mama K
      October 17, 2013 at 7:29 pm (4 years ago)

      Not on her own, but with a little help (i.e. holding on to her hood :))

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  2. Mrs. W
    October 17, 2013 at 11:51 am (4 years ago)

    I totally agree. Now that Hal has decided to sleep through the night-two is more fun for me. Never a dull moment. One always balances out the other. Perhaps I’m more tired and my house has fallen by the wayside but it definitely makes you even more selfless which is humbling. Yay girls 🙂

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  3. Amy
    October 17, 2013 at 6:54 pm (4 years ago)

    I hope that baby boy S will be HALF as “easy” as LB! I am TERRIFIED of having 2 to look after, and trying to handle 2 “schedules!” Landon was such a good, “easy” baby. I pray that his brother will follow suit! 😉

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