First time parents have the incredible luxury (that they don’t know at the time is a luxury) of planning and preparing, focusing and doing, for one. That first child, whether they realize or not, is getting prime treatment, and parents, are running themselves wild to give them that. It’s pretty exciting and stressful to welcome a baby into your life, home, and schedule.
Then baby two comes along and your little world of toting one perfectly dressed, bathed, scheduled child has now been blown to smithereens. Now you’re adapting to life with two children. It’s not unmanageable by any means, but it will look different this time than it did the first time around. Keeping up the lifestyle you had with one child, is changing, and so will some of your parenting methods. Let’s talk about some of the changes you’re likely to see happen when you go from 1 to 2 kids…
1. There’s No “Sleeping When the Baby Sleeps”
Depending on the age gap between your children, chances are you have one awake child at home, while also having a newborn. While you were advised with the first to “sleep when the baby sleeps”, and rest up as much as possible, it’s kind of impossible when you have 2 kids.
Nap times can be a god-send, but don’t expect both children to adapt to the same sleep schedule right away. And, while they may be both asleep, you’re likely going to need that time to catch up on household duties, workouts, or meal prep before sleep becomes a priority again. Don’t get down about it, you will pull from energy you didn’t know you had, and new routines will bring balance to your world soon enough.