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The jump from one to two children, isn't so bad.

Wednesday, 26 July 2017  |  Mummy and Little Me

The jump from one to two children, isn't so bad.

 

I think the biggest worry whether you're pregnant, trying or thinking about having a second baby is 'How on earth will we manage', it was certainly mine. After all, you already have one child who undoubtedly consumes your world and rightly so, is it possible to stretch that across two, three, or four children? The answer - yes. I'm not going to be one of those parents that just tells you all the horror stories, as I truly don't think the jump has been as hard as some friends and family had me believe. If only someone had of spoke to me logically and explained 'Emily, you already have the tools you need for two children as you've managed to raise one successfully so far' then I think my pregnancy would have been a little more chilled out.

 

I can say after a year as a Mum of two, I'm quietly confident that the transition from one to two children really isn't so bad. Don't get me wrong, it isn't always rainbows and butterflies but it's not even nearly as hard as the transition from no children to one. So if you've already got one child, I promise you've done the hardest bit. I can't really speak for adding to your brood after two children, as the thought of being over ratio with three children definitely makes my tummy drop. Depending on your age gap (we have 2.5 years between our sons) you've probably not got months of full sleep behind you that you're going to miss, nappies aren't too far behind you for you to have forgotten how to deal with a poo-splosion and if you've been savvy you will have saved a lot of the big purchases so they can be reused. You're already in that parent frame of mind and though newborns are always an adjustment, it's not nearly as tricky as it was first time around. Ever since I'd aired this opinion after my youngest was born, I'd be met with remarks of 'Oh just wait, it's easy now', but it's never really easy it just doesn't get as hard as people will have you believe. I remember feeling slightly smug the first time I got both boys to nap at the same time, and when I'd aced a supermarket trip with no tantrums. I struggled most with the logistics of having two children, if they both needed me at the same time, who did I go to first? How do I get the trolley at a supermarket, do I leave them both in the car to collect it, or carry the baby and hold my toddlers hand - those things gave me a headache but in truth, you just figure it out as you go along. I don't think anyone is every truly winning at motherhood, we're all just winging our way along and hoping for the best. 

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