Thursday, 14 August 2014

I'm Lucky!

I've being a mum of two children for just over 6 weeks now and I feel very much settled into my new role.

While I was pregnant loads of people told me how hard having two children was. As much as I was looking forward to meeting Parker I was scared by other people into wondering how on earth I would cope with the big adjustment.

When Parker arrived and Mark went back to work I actually loved every second. I was somehow more organised and felt more at ease with two children than I did just one. I have no idea how that is even possible but it's true. I feel like I've adjusted and coping really well.

I'm not saying it's all easy but it isn't as hard as I was imagining. The hardest thing for me is the lack of sleep. When Paige was a newborn I was able to nap during the day when she did but with two children this isn't so easy. In the early days there were many times during the day when parker would be fast asleep and all Paige wanted to do was play, which was fine because she is after all a 2 year old. This was also made harder by the fact that Paige's naps were so hit and miss. 6 weeks later and Parker is in a good sleep routine with the occasional bad night but that is also fine as he is still so young. I am very lucky that Paige is a good sleeper at night and for 99.99999% of the time sleep 12-13hours.

I'm not going to lie... I've had a few days when I've cried from the tiredness, it was just too much. Running around two children all day on your own with little and broken sleep is hard but I just kept telling myself that it wouldn't last forever. There would come a time when I'd miss getting woken up and being able to have newborn snuggles in the middle of the night when the rest of the house was quiet. I don't get as much alone time with Parker as I did with Paige so I do treasure him waking me up as much as I love/want sleep. Some women would give anything to be woken up by a baby that needed them so I remind myself each and every time just how lucky I am.

I'm lucky to have these extra dark circles under my eyes. I'm lucky to have a little mummy pouch and stretch marks. I'm lucky to have two beautifully healthy children.

I'm lucky.


 
Don't get me wrong there are times when I want to pull my hair out. Times when one child has to cry that little bit longer than I wish they did. Times when Paige asks 'mummy more pig' and I give in and turn the tv on just so I can have 5 minutes peace. Times when I give Paige an extra biscuit just to stop a tantrum.

I know as they both grow older things will evolve and change. But all I have to do is look at them both and remember just how blooming lucky I am!

Thanks for reading,

Nicola Xx

18 comments:

  1. I love this post Nicola! I'm finding it really tough at the moment because Toby is crying a lot and I've had moments of doubting if I'd be able to cope with a second, so your post has given me hope for the future! You have such a beautiful family xx

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  2. This is such a lovely, lovely post. Yep, there are hard times with two but there are so, so many good times too! x

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  3. This is such a lovely post! I want another baby, and things I've heard scare me, but after reading this - I know I'll be okay. :) Really lovely post! x

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    1. Thank you sweetie. It is hard at times but so worth it x

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  4. And they are lucky to have you too possum. xx

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  5. Ah it sounds like you are doing amazingly well! I definitely found looking after a baby much easier the second time round, I was so relaxed and didn't worry about half the things I did with Cherry. I think now the thing I struggle with most is Cherry's terrible three's as well as having a toddler to run around after. I find it so hard some days but like I said in my post it is totally worth it and I wouldn't change it for the world. Gorgeous photos too x

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    1. Thank you. Come back next year and ask me how im dealing with a three year old and a 1 year old hehe x

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  6. Aww what a lovely post and I wish I looked as good as you do with no sleep ;)

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  7. Great post and it's good to hear the good and the bad. I guess with the second, you kinda know what happened the first time so you can give yourself a bit of a talking to when it gets tough.

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    1. Exactly/ You know that it doesn't last forever :) x

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  8. LOVE LOVE LOVE this post! Aside from the fact you look so happy and well despite the lack of sleep, Parker's clearly thriving and Paige is being an incredible big sister. The good times definitely outweigh the hard times, they're as lucky to have you as you are to have them! xxx

    Vikki @ Love From Mummy

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