Tuesday, August 27, 2013

Guest Post - Parenting 2 Under 2

Meet Rachel, Mommy to 2 little boys under 2!
Being a one and done kind of Mom, I can't imagine what life with 2 little ones would be like.
However, Rach does it will class, style and ease! 

Hi Everyone! I'm Rachel from the blog Rachel and John (link to http://rae-and-johnny.blogspot.ca/). As you can guess I'm married to John and together we have the 2 sweetest boys: Henry (2 years old) and William (8.5 months old). Our boys are just a short 19 months apart and I've got to say it seems like a perfect age gap to us! Stephanie asked if I would share some tips on how we manage 2 small kids. I definitely don't have all the answers, that's for sure. But I'd love to give you a look at how we go about it.

1) Go with the flow
This might be an "easier said than done" thing. We were never hard core schedule people. Even when we just had Henry, we would go off his cues instead of a schedule. Some things were pretty solid. As a baby Henry napped 3 times a day, then moved to 2 and then to 1 as he got older. With William now, his number of naps change every day based on what's going on. This would have annoyed me to no end when I just had Henry. But with William it just works. He's a really happy baby no matter what, so maybe we just got lucky. If we are out and about in the morning William usually skips his morning nap. He makes up for it with a longer afternoon one. And instead of over thinking it, I just go with the flow. He'll sleep if he's tired. Same goes for feedings. I nursed Henry and I nurse William. But with Henry, I kept a record of when he nursed and for how long. I was on top of it. When he started solids, I made sure he ate 3 square meals a day even before he was one (age appropriate food!). With William I will sometimes catch myself wondering when the last time I nursed him was. And the number of solid food meals he gets changes daily based on if we are home for them or not (Food before 1 is just for fun, right?). I can tell when William is hungry and I always feed him then. So does it matter if I can recite all his meals every day? No. So instead of over thinking it, I just go with the flow.

2) Baby Wear
I know not every one likes to wear their babies, but with a 19 month old and a newborn I found that I really had no other choice. Good thing I love it! Newborns like to be held, and 19 month old like to run around and do dangerous things. I couldn't just sit on the couch all day snuggling my baby. I had to keep Henry out of trouble, and I wanted to hang out with him. So I just wore William. All the time. It made everything so much easier. We have a double stroller and I just used it for the first time last week. I wore William for 8 straight months. At home, at the park, at the grocery store, at the mall, at the library, at church. Everywhere!

3) Enjoy every moment.
I love every stage of Baby-hood and when William was born I definitely wanted to enjoy it, since I knew already how fast it would go. But the thing is, it goes even faster the second time. Partly because we are busier with 2 kiddos. But mostly because William has a shining example of what an older baby does, in his brother. So he rolled over earlier, he sat up earlier, he crawled earlier and now here he is at 8.5 months and is so very close to walking. I keep telling him to slow down! He's still a BABY! But he just wants to be like his brother Henry. He wants to join in on all the fun.


So that's a look into life with 2 littles. I took part in a blog series called Having 2 kids (link to: http://rae-and-johnny.blogspot.ca/search/label/2%20under%202) a while back. So if you would like to read some more about it. Click on over! Thanks to Stephanie for inviting me to guest post!

4 comments:

  1. Great guest post! I like Stephanie am a one and done momma but I appreciate hearing your perspective and I'm glad you are enjoying your time with both your boys! Thanks for sharing! I've got a friend who's going to be in the same boat come February that I am sharing this with!! :)

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  2. I have always wondered how women have kids back to back! It must be so hard! I have recently have tjought about having another and my daughter is 7 months so I appreciate the tips!

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  3. I have serious admiration for ladies with more than one little in the house. I'm trying to stay afloat with just one!

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