Raising 2 babies at once is the hardest thing I’ve ever done.
My son was born when my daughter was 15 months old, and I found myself at home alone with them both just 9ish short days after he was born.
Juggling both their needs, making toddler friendly lunches and snacks while caring for my infant and recovering postpartum, and getting my toddler down for naps and bedtime were monumental tasks.
Every little thing was a battle. And managing simple tasks like putting in my contacts or taking a shower was a big deal.
I never felt more exhausted, hopeless, and alone than when my 2 under 2 were both crying at bedtime; hubby was working late, and anyone I typically relied on for help were unavailable.
But we survived it, and my life looks so different now.
All mamas have moments of exhaustion and overwhelm.
Times that by 2 when you’ve got double the babies. I know I was exhausted and overwhelmed! I have a huge respect for anyone who’s had twins, or who have 2 under 2 with multiple other children. It’s a challenge, but I know moms who’ve done it. And I did it with my 2 under 2.
That’s my message today.
It’s exhausting, and overwhelming. You may have moments when you cry with your kids, and you may often wonder how you’re going to survive this season.
But it’s just that. A season.
This season won’t last forever.
My toddler just turned 2 and my baby is 9 months. My life is a night and day difference from what it was when they were 15mo and newborn!
The newborn stage is the hardest, but babies change and grow so fast!
Somewhere along the line, I realized that about every 2 weeks I could reflect and say, “hey this is easier!”
As your babies get older, things will get easier.
In the early days, you might just have to take it hour-by-hour and survive the day. I know I had days like that. But eventually the weeks will start to fly by.
Life with 2 under 2 gets easier.
Every day it gets easier. And that’s a promise.
Before you know it, your toddler will be turning 2. She’s no longer a baby, and while she still has many needs, she also helps with toy cleanup, brings the baby’s blanket when you need it, and melts your heart with her affection for her sibling.
I’m glad I had my babies so close together.
They’re already best friends. My 9mo is so cranky and “lost” if he’s awake while my toddler is napping. I don’t think he knows how to play by himself! He’s always so busy crawling after his sister chasing her around.
And my 2yo is much the same, she always comes find her brother first thing every morning. She completely bypasses me, squeezes her brother’s cheeks and says something along the lines of “hi! Good morning! Awwww I love you!”
Seeing the bond these two have, and the way they’re able to play so nicely together since they’re so close in age makes all those hard moments worth is. We survived the newborn baby stage and came out with two toddlers who are best friends. And I so look forward to seeing the way they grow up and learn more together as time goes on.
You might be in the thick of it right now, but you’ve got this.
It might be a hard day, a hard week, or a hard couple of months. But you can do it! And you’re not alone.
Drop a comment or email back with your biggest struggle + your favorite thing about having 2 under 2!