The days and the weeks seem to be going by quickly — faster than usual. I guess this is what life is like now that I have two children. And while our days are still filled up with the usual tasks — nap time, meal time, tidying, laundry, rinse and repeat — I’m trying to stop and take the time to remember the small things.
Shopping trips with my cheeky, curious and talkative three-year old whom always insists on sampling a green bean. Creative, dramatic and imaginative play scenarios played out on the coffee table. And nap time snuggles — I only wish I could capture the feeling of watching him drift off to sleep in my arms or feeling his warm tiny body pressed up against my chest.Right now, I’m just focusing on enjoying the small things.
The Good and the Bad and the Awkward
I love this stage — baby coos, gummy smiles and jerky kicks of excitement. Nothing compares to sweet newborn cuddles, when their body is still so tiny they easily curl up in your arms. I love watching him explore, trying to focus his eyes and catching items of interest, which is welcomed with coos.
I love being able to dress a child who doesn’t act like an octopus or have an opinion, which makes the mornings a little easier.
Baby spit up. Eva rarely spat up as a baby, so we were not prepared and often get caught out when Owen randomly spits up on our shoulder. So along with the regular piles of laundry, there ways seems to be more dirty clothes to wash.
The post baby belly. Ugh. When out in public while pushing Owen in the stroller or holding him, I feel I have an excuse. But I feel rather exposed and self conscience when I’m by myself. I wonder at what point does the excuse, “I just had a baby” end? The one thing I know for sure, my body hasn’t bounced back a quickly the second time around.
I had forgotten how messy breastfeeding can be. I’m affectionately known as the milky cow or the leaky cow. Breast pads are a must. And with my forceful letdown, Owen is no stranger to having milk sprayed over his face as I search for a burp cloth!
In the last little update I wrote about the challenges of parenting a three-year old and newborn, and I guess in some ways, simply verbalising the fact that I was struggling has made it a little easier. I’m learning not to be so hard on myself—to try to “go with the flow”. And I’m working on creating a new weekly routine—a new rhythm.
At the moment, I’m slowly introducing daily activities and projects—cooking, crafting, trips to the library and just this week Eva started ballet class again. Apart from ballet, none of these activities are set, so we can work around Owen’s nap times and breastfeeding sessions.
Pinterest is constantly a source of inspiration and when I stumbled across this vegan recipe, I knew we had to try it. The peanut butter and chocolate cupcakes were a hit with both our sweet tooths and in addition to quality mummy-daughter time.
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