The Two-Child Juggle Struggle is Real

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I’m just going to throw this out there right off the bat: I have no idea what I’m doing. I have a toddler who will be turning 3 years old in a couple of months, and a 7-month-old baby, and I have no idea what I’m doing.

When I was pregnant with my second son, I had a lot of anxiety and fear about how to mother my children in very different ways, due to their different developmental stages. I wrote in a previous article:

…with two little ones at different points in their lives, you end up with an almost schizophrenic parenting approach: nurse the baby while chasing the toddler; watch that the little one who is learning to walk doesn’t take a bad tumble while the older one is trying to climb a jungle gym that looks far more advanced than he is ready for; when one is crying because he needs his milk, the other needs to go potty.

And this is all true. I run back and forth between the kids, apologizing to whomever is being ignored. It’s completely insane.

I thought that I would need just a few months to get the hang of being a mom to two kids, but I have to admit that the transition from one to two children was so much harder than I thought it would be. I ask myself every day if other parents have the same issues. Do they? I see them out and about, functioning like normal people, so how could they?

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2 thoughts on “The Two-Child Juggle Struggle is Real

  1. Two children are no joke! I remember when I had my first child and I adjusted rather quickly. He slept through the night at 6 weeks old ( I thought I somehow had something to do with this ). He was a great eater, and an overall happy baby.

    That baby is now almost 3 and I have a 4 month old. Nothing could have prepared me for this. 4 month old, never, ever sleeps. He is glued to my breast 24/7, and is only content when we “walk” with him.

    The 3 year old who was once a fabulous eater, has developed what I consider an eating disorder. He eats the same 3 foods, not really a “tryer” of new foods.

    One kid cries, the next kid cries, it’s a symphony of whining.

    What a relief it is to see that I’m not the only one juggling my children. I guess I will just kiss my sanity goodbye, because it seems like this is never going to end.

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    • I’m sorry you’re struggling! It sounds like you’re in the thick of it. I am glad, though, to hear that I’m not alone in the insanity. This is hard, and the more we talk about it, the more likely we’ll be to get the support we need! Good luck in the months to come, and congratulations on your little one. Thanks so much for reading!

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