In less than a month we will no longer have two under two! Feels like yesterday I was laying in bed, 9 months pregnant, snuggling my 15 month old, and slightly panicking about what was in store for us as a family of four. The journey wasn’t easy but as the girls grow, and their bond forms, I am constantly reminded of how valuable these past two years have been.
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My mommy essentials are constantly changing with seasons, development stages, and every other thing life throws at us! I’m also in a small state of disbelief that in just two months, we’ll no longer have two girls under two years old! But, do I really thinking having a terrible two-er and an almost one-year-old will be any easier? Yes and no – but I’ll save my reasons why for a different post. 😉
Currently, Giuliana, my oldest, is just about 22 months old and Isabel, our baby, is close to 7 months. Life these days is full of hair pulling, peek-a-boo, DROOL, many meal times, and LOTS of loads of laundry. I put together a list of my current mommy must-haves that help me get through each day and also some beauty products that I’m absolutely loving!
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Lily Jade Diaper Bag in the style: Madeline Camel & Jade
Replay Recycled Snack Containers
Carter’s Teething Bibs
Crayola Bath Crayons
Maybelline Falsies Mascara
Touch in Sol Metallist Liquid Foil & Glitter Eye Shadow Duo
Living Proof Curl Defining Styling Cream
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In less hhan four months, we will no longer have two under two. Was it easy? Not really. But I wouldn’t trade this past year and a half for anything. The bond my girls have made every little bit of chaos worth it. Having back-to-back babies came with a few challenges but there were also a couple of concerns that I shouldn’t have given a second thought to.
Trying to sync up their nap times is tough! Me time is a rare occurrence and I’m eternally grateful for baby wearing. It’s taken a long time to adjust to not having any down time to recharge. I like to always remind myself that this stage is temporary and that I will soon miss it.
Leaving the house takes a lot more planning and preparation than I ever imagined. Gone are the days that I can just grab my wallet and make a Target run. On the plus side, my biceps have gotten a little firmer from all the legs, hips, and bags that I carry on a regular basis.
Sometimes I feel like I live in the kitchen. For the longest, my oldest lived off toast and goldfish. She was a picky eater to say the least. But now, she eats anything I touch. At first, I was ecstatic to see her have an appetite! But then my youngest started solids, and now I do dishes just about as much as I do laundry. I still totally hate doing laundry more though.
What isn’t as bad as I thought it would be:
RESPONDING TO BOTH
When I left the hospital after having my youngest, Isabel, my doctor told me to always remember, “No one ever died from crying.” I chuckled in agreement but I can’t tell you how many times I’ve calmed myself down from having a full-blown mommy meltdown by repeating those words in my head. Sometimes, both girls HATE the car. Sometimes, both girls tag team who’s going to wake up in the middle of the night for absolutely no reason and scream. I could list all the sometimes my girls give me a run for my money but I’ve never felt like I had to sacrifice my soothing. Mama instincts and love have helped me navigate the rough waters of learning how to respond to both.
SPREADING MY LOVE
This fear began way before I gave birth to baby number two. I had so much love for my first baby girl, Giuliana, and I couldn’t imagine how on earth I could love another little human as much as I did her. Looking back, my fear of not being able to spread my love was silly. My heart grows for both of my girls every day without effort.