parenthood: and then there were two

life with two kids is definitely harder than life with one. i almost feel like the transition from one to two kids is harder than from no kids to one kid. but we're finally getting a routine down, and adjusting to being a family of four. although he has his moments, on the whole, jude adores his baby sister. whenever he hears her cry, he says, "mom, our baby is crying! i go get her." and he's always asking to hold her, or cuddle her. the other day we were at the park, and i passed elena off to a friend. almost immediately jude comes running over to me and whispers, "mom, i'm worried about my baby. you get her back now?" and whenever anyone comes over, jude is so excited to introduce elena to them, "guys, this my baby elena. she's such a cutey baby, huh?" also, jude can get elena to laugh better than anyone else! he just stands in front of her and jumps around, and elena is in hysterics. of course i know the days of screaming matches, tattling, and door slamming are coming sooner than i want them to, but for now, i'm enjoying their pure adoration for each other.

if you have multiple kids, how was the transition for you? did your other child(ren) adjust well? i hear it gets easier with each one. is it true?

1 comment:

Ruth said...

I felt like the transition from one to two was super hard. I think it makes a difference how close the kids are in age. My oldest was only 20 months, so she still required a lot of help from me. I would think it would be easier if your kids were 3 or more years apart. I felt like it was pretty hard all the way until I stopped breastfeeding, so basically a whole year. After that it has definitely gotten easier. I'm having our third any day now and I worry it will be hard again like it was with the second, but at least my oldest one is 3.5 and can do some things on her own now. Both kids are good about playing with eachother/entertaining themselves, so I feel like that will be a plus too. I know a couple of women who have recently had their thirds though and they've both said stuff that makes it sound like it will be super hard again. Yay....