10 Things I’ve Learned About Two Children

March 20, 2015

What’s It Really Like Having Two Children?

So five months in, what’s it really like as a mum of two children?

Well, it’s a steep learning curve! Going from one to two is tricky – I can’t decide if it’s harder than being a first time mum as you have two children, or easier as you know what to expect this time,

life with two children

Here’s ten things I’ve learned about life with two children:

  1. You spend a lot of time saying slightly surreal things like ‘geeeeeentle’ ‘watch her head!’ and ‘no, let’s not play your sister like a bongo’
  2. The probability of it all kicking off at the same time is an X Factor style 110 %. But the moments where it’s all calm and under control will make you want to run about screaming ‘YEAH! I CAN DO THIS!’
  3. You look at everyone with more than two children in awe
  4. The toddler will have the baby in hysterics without even trying, and there’s nothing better than this
  5. Things there are never enough of – time, hands, sleep, baby wipes, Babybels, clean muslins when you need one, hours in the day for you to moan about lack of sleep and hands,yourself, annoyed looks you can give the people who say ‘you must have your hands full’
  6. Occasionally you get a forward-looking glimpse of a future where it’s the two of them vs you. This is both slightly weird and completely brilliant
  7. You develop the double dry hands of doom from twice as much hand washing
  8. It’s inevitable that at some point the baby will be covered in stickers
  9. You’ll become an expert at navigating curbs, road bumps and high pavements with a toddler who is balanced on one leg on the buggy board. They’ve only fallen off once
  10. In spite of all your reservations, you kind of sort of maybe want a third…shhh.

Also, Ten truths about life with a newborn, motherhood journeys and how not to talk to a new mum.

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  • Emily

    March 20, 2015 at 10:12 am

    So true…the other day I found myself saying “no, don’t dust your sister”. I think people that have 3 are mad, but I imagine in a few years I will forget about this current madness!!

  • Molly

    March 20, 2015 at 10:43 am

    Yes to all of these. The moments where they pile into your bed (often at 10pm before you’re even in the bed yourself) and snuggle in together, or make each other laugh, greatly outweigh the drama of no sleep and those moments when they’re both screaming at the same time!

  • From fun to mum

    March 20, 2015 at 12:53 pm

    Yes, yes, yes! The dry hands are killing me more than the lack of sleep at the moment!! 3, I hear you say…erm, no thanks. Unless I was handed number 3 when s/he is 3 years old and potty trained x

  • Slummy single mummy

    March 20, 2015 at 3:25 pm

    My favourite is number six. I encourage this ‘us against them’ spirit in my daughters as I remember how lovely it was with my own sister, although there is a bit too much of a gap for it to quite work as well with mine.

  • Jess @ Along Came Cherry

    March 20, 2015 at 7:54 pm

    Haha so true and I totally have the dry hands of doom!! x

  • Jodie

    March 21, 2015 at 11:51 am

    Oh yes. Have a third 🙂 we are yet to hear laughter though 🙁

  • Jenni

    March 21, 2015 at 4:27 pm

    Laughing at all of these apart from number 10 to which I cannot imagine ever feeling! There are such highs and lows!

  • Lori

    March 21, 2015 at 5:17 pm

    baby gigles sounds ace and it’s nice to know that you’ll see their bond develop into a beautiful relationship. Plus good luck when they gang up on you! x

  • Vicky

    March 22, 2015 at 8:05 am

    Aahh all so true – I look at people with three or more and just think, ‘how? How are you doing that?!’ PS Love your yellow jumper!

  • Steph Martin

    March 22, 2015 at 9:58 pm

    Brilliant! So true 🙂 x

  • laura redburn

    March 23, 2015 at 2:45 pm

    i laughed so much at ‘no, let’s not play your sister like a bongo’, haha!

  • katie albury

    March 23, 2015 at 9:51 pm

    Haha this list made me smile…! One step at a time…but I think I’ll remember this list when the time comes for number two xx

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