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Two Under One…

Since becoming a Mother of two and a family of four, my world has been turned upside down and inside out for the second time in a year.  Now don’t get me wrong I wouldn’t change anything for the world (maybe a full nights sleep, but not the world), but sometimes I dream of a long relaxing spa day and a good book.  Instead  I settle for a lone Tesco trip to get the weekly shopping done (heaven),  perusing over the book aisle and sometimes even buying a couple that I’ll never get to read!

So is having two under one as easy as one?  Would I do it again?  Here’s the best and the worst of it:

The Best of it:

  • Not being pregnant – I’ve said before how grateful I am that we  have been able to create our little family, I really am grateful.  However, pregnancy and I do not go hand in hand.  It’s so nice to run around after my little Munchkins without being pregnant!  In some ways I feel like Baby J lost out when she was tiny as I was so ill, but all of that is behind us and I love it!
  • Routine – I love a good routine!  Having two has definitely made me step up my game with getting early routines in place and being majorly organised.  Sometimes I find that if I’m not organised the day goes to pot (this happens, A LOT), so when I do keep to our routines I really feel like I’m nailing it.  That being said I often feel like a day is a success if everyone is fed and watered, anything above that is a bonus!
  • The days out – Now that Baby J is a week short of one year its so great to take her out to see and experience a whole host of new things.  We will be visiting the Yorkshire Wildlife Park for her birthday (I love anything animal related, maybe this ones for me?!), I cant wait to see her face light up with excitement!
  • Knowing that the best is yet to come – all we have to do now is sit back (as if), relax (yeah right), and watch them grow (whilst trying not to lose my shit more than once a day)!

The Worst of it:

  • Sleepless nights – I hate sleepless nights, I HATE THEM!  Who doesn’t?  This is by far the worst of it for me,  if I have my sleep at night I can handle almost anything they throw at me during the day.  Maybe when they get to twenty I’ll get some sleep?
  • Getting to know a newborn – I know this sounds awful and I should cherish this bit, but I feel like I know Baby J like the back of my hand.  Getting to know a newborn is tough, and for me it takes a few weeks to really feel like I’m in sync with their needs.  Both times I have been (not so) secretly happy that those first few weeks have passed, and I have been able to get some sort of routine  organised chaos happening in the house.
  • Baby sick – Baby J, thank goodness, is rarely sick these days.  Having a newborn in the house has been a lovely reminder of how sicky babies can be ( currently sat writing with sick stained jeans).  I hate it most when its just after a full bottle and we have to start all over again #parentingfail!
  • Explosive poo – all over Little E’s vest, why does it always reach the vest?  I carry numerous items of extra clothing for this reason (oh, and the sick).  I’m always amazed at how such a tiny baby can produce so much poo, and now I’m talking about poo again…the joys of parenthood!

So, all things considered, is having two as easy as one?  No, but having one is so bloody hard I’m not sure ‘easy’ ever came into it in the first place.

Would I do it all over again?  Definitely!

 

 

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61 thoughts on “Two Under One…

  1. Explosive poo haha oooo I know them well. I know what you mean about getting to know a newborn as well. Every baby is so different! And the sleep, I’m with you there, just check me in a hotel for a night filled with… sleep with a pretty bow attached. Haha good insight into having 2 under 1!

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  2. Ah the famous poonami as my friend has aptly named it! We had a recent incident which required a full clothing change (it went all the way to the babygrow) in an overly hot KFC baby change! What a stella job you are doing having two little people under one and a blog!!! You go girl! #fortheloveofBLOG xx

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  3. It’s funny how it all becomes so normal isn’t it (haha hollow laugh) . Imagine how weird you would find it if you’d could suddenly be transported back to you pre kids time ! ( weird and awesome )

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  4. This was a great read! Two sounds like a lot of hard work especially having them close together. But like you say, one isn’t easy either! Hope Baby J has a lovely first birthday and that you get a decent nights sleep before too long! #fortheloveofBLOG

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  5. I think you’re a hero. My daughter is nearly two and get sleep was so bad for so long I’m putting off a sibling… Part of me really wants to do it (I loved being pregnant and the early baby days), but the thought of going through that again… Eek! X
    #KCACOLS

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  6. I can’t imagine having 2 under one, you must be supermum!I’m pregnant with number 2 now, my son is nearly 3 and sometimes I think being pregnant would have been easier when he was a baby and I wouldn’t have to spend most of my day chasing him around! Sounds like you’re doing a great job πŸ™‚ xx #KCACOLS

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  7. Explosive poo and…..VOMIT are my absolute worse nightmare. The amount of cleaning and laundry and the never ending cycling. Cherish your time now because in a blink of an eye, you will be having sleepless nights when they go out. I have lots of books which I have bought too, saying that one day, I’ll get to them and I have now that my children are so much older. It’s lovely now that my whole family can read together, each with their own book. Thanks for linking with #Bigpinklink

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  8. Oh mama, I can’t imagine your exhaustion.
    My 14-month-old is a row of sleepless nights all on his own (it’s currently after 3am as I write this…), so I literally could not imagine having to care for a newborn at this point lol. Kudos to you for having such patience ❀ I've heard having two really close together comes in handy as they get a little older because, like twins, they can really keep each other occupied! Thanks for sharing, and Happy Birthday to Baby J! #KCACOLS

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  9. Wow you have your hands full but sounds like you’re cracking on with it. With such a small age gap they’ll hopefully be best buddies and you’ll get rid of the crappy bits like explosive poo and sleepless nights before too long! #twinklytuesday

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  10. Must be hard work! A will be near 3 when our next LO arrives and I’m worried about that being strenuous haha, though my cousin has 5 under 5 and I’ve no idea how she does it! Thanks for linking up to #MarvMondays. Kaye xo

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  11. You need a medal. Just for getting through two HG pregnancies back to back like that. I had two HG pregnancies and thought I would die both times – hence the ten year age gap between my kids. I don’t know how you coped with the HG when you had a baby to care for – its no wonder that you have this parenting thing down, anything after surviving HG feels comparatively easy don’t you think? Great post lovely thanks for sharing on #fortheloveofBLOG x

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    1. HG really is horrible, horrific in fact. Parenting is hard but HG is something else! Luckily my husband picked up a lot of the slack in the house and my mother is like an angel! I wouldn’t have been able to do it without them (and still wouldn’t)! Thankyou for your lovely comments πŸ™‚

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  12. Thanks for sharing your experience so far. We are looking at having a second and of course I am always nervous about what it’s going to be like. I think it will be like you say where there will be some really wonderful moments and really difficult ones. Thus is life. Enjoyed reading. #KCACOLS

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  13. Mine have 15 months between them – pretty close, but not quite this close! I also hated pregnancy (had HG) & am glad to have got it all over with close together. But it does make me a little sad that the time is passing so close together with them both – the baby days are already done. Having more of a gap I guess spreads that all a bit. I think school may be hardest – mine will go to school so close together that I’m sure I will feel like both babies have grown up too fast. But I love how close they are to each other. #justanotherlinky

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  14. Wow I think you deserve a medal! Two under one must be hard hard work, but it’ll be so worth it soon when they’re both playing together and so close πŸ™‚ Oh the newborn poonamis… it’s amazing how you forget, and then suddenly remember! lol #justanotherlinky

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  15. Oh my goodness, two under one! I have to agree with the ‘getting to know your newborn,’ I admittedly did not really enjoy the first few weeks (sorry I know thats bad but it’s true). On a positive note, once you know them, everything feels so much easier/better! The wildlife centre looks awesome! I can’t wait to bring my son to one. : ) Thanks for sharing with #StayClassy!

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  16. Sure that’s it – it’s not easy but we’d do it all over again in a heart beat. Sleepless nights & explosive poos are rough & it feels like a long time when you are in it but that first year blows by so fast! Keep up the great work. Thanks so much for linking up with us at #BloggerClubUK

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  17. My two were born within a year of each other. The first few years of their lives went by in a total blur, we were always on the go, and it was hard at times but now they are 6 and 7 and it’s fab because they’re so close in age they are best mates.

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