6.06.2011

Whew!

I have to admit, this whole two-baby-thing is much tougher than I imagined it would be!

I've forgotten how difficult it is to function on 3 1/2 hours of sleep.

I had no idea what it was like for a baby to actually want to eat. This girl goes from sleeping to screaming in a tenth of a second. And she's NOT patient while you're getting her bottle! That should have been done ten minutes ago in her mind. :)

I never thought about how difficult it may be to try to go somewhere alone. Somewhere as simple as the post office. I had to mail a BraveHEART Basket today. The boxes we mail them in are kind of large. I thought the drive-thru post office was closed (because I wasn't going down the street far enough, duh!) and couldn't figure out how on earth I was going to mail this box and take both of the kids inside the post office with me. I'll admit, I had a mini-meltdown in the car, then I told D we were going home to get his shoes (yes, I took him without shoes because we weren't getting out of the car!) and then going to the post office. I told him he had to be a big boy and walk inside holding on to helping me "carry" Jenny Kate's car seat. I figured it would end in sweat and tears but I was pleasantly surprised. Derrick walked like a big boy and other than a few pitiful looks from strangers...their eyes saying, "Bless your heart," we made it. I have a teensy bit more confidence that I can do this. I think I can, I think I can!

I didn't realize how much I was used to going out doing whatever I wanted to do. I miss heading to Target just to browse around! Life with one child was easy...two, not so much. Not yet anyway. I know it will get easier and to speed things up, I'm going to learn how to use this Moby wrap that my friend Neysa sent me. Putting two kids in the cart doesn't leave any room for the fun part of Target (or the grocery store)! I will conquer this. I will.

I have no idea how people with three and four children young children function. Especially if they don't look like walking zombies. The other night we were at the zoo (more on that soon) with Derrick. We walked by a lady and she looked at D, smiled at me, and said, "You look tired!" Seriously?! Thanks lady.

I know things will get easier. I know this is just a season and that before long I'll look back at think, how did my babies grow up so quickly? I'm enjoying it, I really am. And I wouldn't trade a single minute for anything. Even an extra hour of sleep!

Yes, I need to clean my oven door and my child, but I thought this face was too cute not to share!

And this one too! :)


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5 comments:

  1. LOVE the pics! And yes, figure the Moby out!!! Having a wrap for when Bodie was little and later the Ergo, absolutely saved my life. For months, Bodie was in the Ergo while I cooked at night - and many times, he is still in the Ergo when we hit the grocery store. Only way I can do it!!! You'll get the hang of it, don't worry, mama!

    xoxo,
    Amy

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  2. Keep working on the moby... watch you tube videos. It will make life much easier. The bucket seat is useless when you have two kids, LOL!

    Thank you for sharing those cute cute CUTE pictures!!!

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  3. Until my oldest could walk in by himself, I took the stroller EVERYWHERE. Even the post office. He was only 14 months when the second one was born so carrying them both and my packages was way too much so I had to get creative. I think the hardest part is figuring out your new "normal" - once you do that it flows better. And an fyi - my new "normal" included NOT taking the kids to the grocery store LOL Instead, I went at night so my husband could watch them and I could shop and get out of the house.

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  4. I can't even imagine what an adjustment that must be!! I'm glad D is old enough that he can help out a bit.

    And my breath caught when I read about how there wasn't any fear this time around when you held Jenny Kate. I can't wait to experience that.

    Congrats again to you all, and blessings to you and your family!!

    xoxo

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  5. Yes, people have NO idea what hard work parenting is until they have more than one child. It is not easy and definitely takes some getting used to. At least you had your kids the other way around from me...the heart child then the healthy child. I had the healthy child then the heart child which presented an even bigger challenge because my oldest was used to us going everywhere and being able to do everything to not being able to do a darn thing and being on lock down. Mega meltdowns! That was NOT easy because trying to juggle a sick newborn and an unhappy child.....oye!!

    You'll get the hang of it Shannon and then soon it won't seem like you are overwhelmed with "two". {{{HUG}}}

    Cute pics!!!

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