Well having 2 children has been a little bit of an experience. It's had its challenges and I'm certainly not going to say it's been easy but this is life now and I've been learning a few things. So if you thought it was a shock becoming a Mum first time around, be prepared for life with two..... *insert evil laugh here*.
So what have I discovered?
- Straightening my hair is now a complete luxury. I used to be able to pop Alfie in the bedroom with some toys and I could straighten it. Now with a hyperactive toddler and a nearly crawling baby it is simply far too stressful to even attempt it. If I'm super organised I will straighten my hair if I can be bothered when the oldest is at nursery or sneak upstairs on a weekend when hubby is around! Most of the time my hair is literally chucked up in some messy bun.
- I literally have no time by myself, ever.....ever. Apart from when I go to the .....nope. No free time. Ohh no wait I do, the amazing couple of hours that I spend in the hairdressers every few weeks which is actually bliss, but generally my consists of one child either clinging off me or launching toys at my head.
- Sunday naps, ahhhhhh how I used to love a cheeky little Sunday snooze. I would leave Alfie with Daddy and head upstairs for an hour, not so much these days as something or other usually needs doing.
- I have become an actual speed demon at putting a full face of make up on in the morning. Some Mums might not bother but it's one of the things that I make sure I do and quick as a flash within 15 minutes I resemble a human and less like the walking dead.
- My washing pile is un.be.liev.able. The other day I actually saw the bottom of the basket, did a little happy dance and literally within an hour there was various garments in it. I swear I must do around 1o loads a week! How much washing can one family produce?!
- I cuddle one the other cries. One cries the other cries. Tag team, arghhhh!
- I need eyes in the back of my head. With one it wasn't so bad but now I am watching Alfie and then find Elarna has rolled to the other side of the room. I watch Elarna and Alfie has somehow managed to open the back gate and is legging it down the street. Arghhhh and it's only going to get worse!
- Nothing is sacred anymore. Peeing in peace, that's gone out of the window and I still have to sneak in the cupboard if I want a bit of chocolate without being caught red handed!
- Trying to get a family photo is nigh on impossible. I think we only have a couple of the four of us all together. Either one is crying and the other is grumpy or none of us are actually in the mood as we're family frazzled.
- Germs. They spread like wildfire. It's been the house of ill this week and it is tough. With one child it's much easier when the adult is ill to get some rest but with 2 it's a different matter. I've been ill, Elarna has been ill so isn't sleeping well, Alfie is snotty, Adi is starting to hack and cough..........the illnesses seem to last for agesssss. Sad faces all round.
- I am constantly washing bottles, wiping sticky faces, standing on lego, using endless amounts of wipes, being shouted at, being spewed on, changing nappies, making food, wiping the sides, tidying, then tidying some more, then giving up, then tidying some more.
- The more the day goes on the more I hate the sound of my own voice. Alfie, don't take your clothes off, Alfie, stop doing that, Alfie , no don't hit your sister, don't sit on the cat, arghh Elarna has been sick on the carpet....again, nooooo Elarna don't roll under the sofa, NOOOOOOO just NOOOOOOO.
- Getting out the house with one was hard enough, getting out with two is hilarious. Even just going out for a simple walk to the park has to be skillfully timed taking in to account nap time for Elarna, lunchtime for Alfie, Elarna needing milk...etc,etc. It's a bit like a military procedure.
Of course I wouldn't change it (well maybe less germs and more sleep at the moment would be nice!) but these days do feel ever so busy! I have no idea how I will fit in work around all of this. Anyone else feel like this on a daily basis?