Wednesday, June 10, 2015

Being a Parent of Two: Raising Your Inner Parent




Before I had children I knew all there was to parenting. I was the best parent in town. I knew how to address every single issue, and I had detailed plans to how I would encourage sleep, eating, and I was breastfeed my daughter until she was at least 2. AT LEAST. 



Then I had my daughter. I was pretty good at one kid after awhile. I learned that I don't know everything about parenting, but I do know a LOT. I am a fantastic baby whisperer, I am the BEST at getting kids to sleep long stretches (see: swaddle yo baby!) and my daughter also loves to eat. We had small struggles, she hated eating until we just found the right food, now she loves it and will eat everything. She only cries when she has a need, because she has no reason to cry otherwise.

Overall, parenting has been easy for us. Parenting is easy, I don't understand why parents struggle so much. I can help them. I can help them all. They ALL NEED MY OPINION.

Then I had number two.



Now I get it. I got the kid the doesn't sleep. Everyone wished that upon me, so congratulations all my wonderful friends and family who hoped I would someday get a child that sleeps never, you got your wish. No amount of swaddling makes him want to sleep more (although he does sleep longer when swaddled). My kid has said a giant eff you mommy to the majority of my swaddle attempts!


Having two children has vastly changed my life. I used to think I was the sleep guru, and a pro parent. Well obviously that's all wrong. Ha! 




Things I have learned since becoming a parent of two:

- Clean house. lolololrofllolol

- No TV. lolololroflololol

- I will never be caught up on laundry again.

- The sounds of my eyelids closing is the loudest noise in the universe.

- Clean is actually a relative term.

- Peaceful bath time is a joke.

- I'm still a great parent, even if my kid never sleeps.

Do you have two children? What have you learned?





4 comments:

  1. Totally agree that clean is relative. I feel like my house is a mess but I'm sure it will be worse with 2 kids!

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  2. Hahaha! I have one and can't keep my sh*t together so you have a one up on me!! I was lucky enough that he was a pretty easy infant tho ;) but now he's a slightly psychotic 2 year old who fights sleep and throws himself all over the house... yea.

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    1. Hahaha! You know, I didn't feel like I had it all together with my first until like . . . my eighth month of pregnancy with my second. Then of course I had my second and cried most nights because I couldn't believe I thought having more kids was a good idea. Haha

      But really, what mom doesn't cry right after having a baby!?? :P

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  3. I'm sorry but I'm totally laughing because that was me! First kid a breeze, second kid not so much! But it gets easier as they get older I LOVE having older kids!

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