Since Gracie’s arrival, we’ve been so lucky to have family close by to lend a helping hand. With two babies now, that’s twice the dishes, twice the laundry, twice the playtime, twice the meals, and twice the kisses. Extra hands have been essential. It’s also been especially helpful because I’ve been recovering from my c-section and that has made it hard for me to do things like lift Bean up to the changing table or haul around a laundry basket full of diaper cloths and onesies.
Today is special. Today is my first day on my own with two babies. And I am so excited. I still can’t do some things, so we’ll be laying low and playing around the house for the next week or so while I get back to 100%, but I’m at least to the point where I can feed, clothe, clean, and care for two little ones and I couldn’t be more excited. While I’ve loved having a house full of family and friends, I’m ready to see what it’s like when it’s just me and the wee ones. I’ve been waiting for this for nine months and today is the day!
So far, having two kids hasn’t been all that much different or harder than having one. Of course, Gracie has been sleeping around the clock, so I pretty much just move her to wherever we happen to be and life goes on. Except for changing a lot more diapers, feeding one more mouth, and giving an extra bath (or two if there’s a diaper blow out…) every day, daily life for now seems to keep on truckin’. I bet it will get a little busier when Gracie starts needing more and becoming more active herself, but for now it’s been kind of great. Kind of awesome, really.
The only hard thing I’ve found so far is the getting out and about. It’s not necessarily taking an extra baby with us. It’s more the logistics of it. For example, I need to go to Target today. But, for the life of me, I cannot figure out where I’d put two kids at Target. I can’t take the stroller in for Gracie because I still need a cart for the things I have to buy. I thought about using the cart only and putting Gracie’s carrier in the big part and Bean in the seat. But then where would I put the things I need to buy? Dilemma, dilemma, dilemma. So instead, I shall stay home and wait until Chris can go with us tonight.
There! Problem solved!
I’m sure I’ll figure things like that out over time. A lot of it will be like it was with Bean. Trial and error. But for now, I’m pretty content to just hang out on my couch, resting, and playing with Bean’s blocks. We’ll learn to be mobile soon, so I’m trying to enjoy the lack of mobility right now.
Besides, we have a pretty good time at our house these days. It’s been warm and sunny and beautiful outside, so we’ve been hanging out on the back porch that Chris recently fenced in for us. Now, we play with sidewalk chalk, in the water table, with bubbles, with golf balls, with the school bus slide. And it’s been great. A little rowdy time outside in the morning, a good lunch, a big nap, and a few inside activities like coloring and painting in the afternoons until Daddy gets home. I do love working and I really miss my students, but the idea that this is going to be my routine for a while makes me smile.
Now, if you’ll excuse me. There is a short, blue-eyed, blonde man demanding my attention at the Lego bucket.