Life With Two: 3 Years 1 Month & 10 Months
I know I will probably jinx myself but even through the threenage tantrums, Wonder Weeks, and bed-sharing nights things are getting easier. I have my good and bad days but when it comes to multitasking them, I am getting pretty good. I’ve had to get creative with dual bath times solo and trying to spend more time caring for my appearance.
Iv’e made it a point to go out with them by myself as much as possible and it’s finally starting to pay off. I can manage both at the park, in the mall, and during meals. Caity is really getting good eating on her own so I spend the most time prepping both of their meals. A few of my favorite gadgets that I will be talking about in this weeks Tipful Thursday post certainly make that all much easier.
Even at home I am getting better at multi tasking with them. Learning where to put them or how to engage them so I can shower, get chores done, and even have a few hours to blog each day. It’s certainly been easier and at the same time harder in the apartment. I love having everything so close. I can be cleaning, putting away laundry, doing the dishes, and even working on my computer while they play.
I am still struggling with the best nap schedule for them. When we are home Caity can take up to a 2 hour nap in the morning. But then she isn’t ready for an afternoon nap when I put Parker down. His afternoon nap, usually 3+ hours, is just now starting to affect his bed time. On most nights they both are not ready to go to bed until about 9. If we don’t push it earlier, they both usually go down super easy. Parker sleeps until 6-8 am and Caity has 2-3 wake ups to eat. After the first one she spends the rest of the night in bed with me. If her brother doesn’t wake her she is happy sleeping until 8 or 9 am. In a perfect word Caity would take a morning nap for an hour, they both would go down for 2 hours in the afternoon and be ready for bed at 8. Obviously we don’t live in a perfect world so I am not expecting that schedule anytime soon. I am almost thinking that have a split schedule for afternoon nap maybe better. I wouldn’t have any time to myself but then I would get some one-on-one time with them which is rare.
I decided to take a risk and bring both kids for their well visits together. Oh boy was that a *%&# show. If one wasn’t crying the other was. If one was running around the other was wiggling about. And during the actual check up they were distracting the doctor left and right. We walked out with two healthy kids and memories that make me smile.
Their love for each other blows my mind and melts my heart everyday. Parker can’t seem to leave her alone which causes a lot of tiffs but I know he just wants to be around her. She lights up every time he walks into the room and when he isn’t around she is looking for him. She also has a specific pitched screech which I think is her calling for him.
She isn’t saying any words yet but she has these various screeching noises that I swear are her trying to communicate with Parker. She also has no problem making fun on him and mocking him when he is trowing a tantrum.
Next week I am going to share some of my favorite products that have helped with two kids. They have made life a lot easier and given me a chance to step away every so often to pee or make a meal.