If you’re currently in the thick of it, when your body and mind haven’t adjusted, when no one’s help seems to balance out your waves of frustration or exhaustion – I can promise you that very soon, it gets a lot better.
Three weeks ago, I was operating on cold coffee and Ritz crackers. Between my toddler, who’s still conquering developmental milestones and teething, and my newborn, who’s being a newborn, I felt like I was losing the battle of having two under two. Honestly though, I remember feeling this exhausted and overworked when Giuliana was my only baby so, I know all moms can relate to this stage of postpartum. My advice – trust your instincts and, whenever you get to a point where you’re seriously questioning you mom-intuition, do what makes YOU happy.
With Isabel, I told myself I would try a lot harder to be consistent, but consistency with babies is harder than sticking to a juice cleanse! I can’t tell you how many times I wanted to pick up my tiny 6 week old out of her bassinet and spend the whole night cuddling, but I didn’t. I fought it. And so far – it’s been working!
I had no idea what kind of craziness would come along with having two under two – I just knew things were guaranteed to get crazy. I also knew that just as no two pregnancies are alike, neither are any two babies and over these last two months, I’ve loved every second of learning who this little tiny human who we named Isabel London is. She’s much quieter than her older sister – I’ve compared their videos from the same age and Giuliana was coo-ing and smiling much earlier. She’s a lot more mellow than Giuliana was and way ahead when it comes to learning how to self soothe. I swore she was going to be louder, more rambunctious, and give me all kinds of trouble but she’s been the complete opposite. God truly knows what you need. He knew that we needed this pregnancy, he knew Isabel way before we did and how much we needed her, he knows we may not understand what he’s doing but everything he does works out for a greater good.
It’s been less than a month and even though I may still be living off of crackers, my kiddos have been sleeping through the night for a couple of weeks and the feeling is so blissful that I almost completely forget the rough patches.
Cheers to motherhood!
I wish I were a little kid so I could take a long nap and everyone would just be proud of me.
Happy Holidays Mamas!