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Since becoming a Mother of two and a family of four, my world has been turned upside down and inside out for the second time in a year.  Now don’t get me wrong I wouldn’t change anything for the world (maybe a full nights sleep, but not the world), but sometimes I dream of a long relaxing spa day and a good book.  Instead  I settle for a lone Tesco trip to get the weekly shopping done (heaven),  perusing over the book aisle and sometimes even buying a couple that I’ll never get to read!

So is having two under one as easy as one?  Would I do it again?  Here’s the best and the worst of it:

The Best of it:

  • Not being pregnant – I’ve said before how grateful I am that we  have been able to create our little family, I really am grateful.  However, pregnancy and I do not go hand in hand.  It’s so nice to run around after my little Munchkins without being pregnant!  In some ways I feel like Baby J lost out when she was tiny as I was so ill, but all of that is behind us and I love it!
  • Routine – I love a good routine!  Having two has definitely made me step up my game with getting early routines in place and being majorly organised.  Sometimes I find that if I’m not organised the day goes to pot (this happens, A LOT), so when I do keep to our routines I really feel like I’m nailing it.  That being said I often feel like a day is a success if everyone is fed and watered, anything above that is a bonus!
  • The days out – Now that Baby J is a week short of one year its so great to take her out to see and experience a whole host of new things.  We will be visiting the Yorkshire Wildlife Park for her birthday (I love anything animal related, maybe this ones for me?!), I cant wait to see her face light up with excitement!
  • Knowing that the best is yet to come – all we have to do now is sit back (as if), relax (yeah right), and watch them grow (whilst trying not to lose my shit more than once a day)!

The Worst of it:

  • Sleepless nights – I hate sleepless nights, I HATE THEM!  Who doesn’t?  This is by far the worst of it for me,  if I have my sleep at night I can handle almost anything they throw at me during the day.  Maybe when they get to twenty I’ll get some sleep?
  • Getting to know a newborn – I know this sounds awful and I should cherish this bit, but I feel like I know Baby J like the back of my hand.  Getting to know a newborn is tough, and for me it takes a few weeks to really feel like I’m in sync with their needs.  Both times I have been (not so) secretly happy that those first few weeks have passed, and I have been able to get some sort of routine  organised chaos happening in the house.
  • Baby sick – Baby J, thank goodness, is rarely sick these days.  Having a newborn in the house has been a lovely reminder of how sicky babies can be ( currently sat writing with sick stained jeans).  I hate it most when its just after a full bottle and we have to start all over again #parentingfail!
  • Explosive poo – all over Little E’s vest, why does it always reach the vest?  I carry numerous items of extra clothing for this reason (oh, and the sick).  I’m always amazed at how such a tiny baby can produce so much poo, and now I’m talking about poo again…the joys of parenthood!

So, all things considered, is having two as easy as one?  No, but having one is so bloody hard I’m not sure ‘easy’ ever came into it in the first place.

Would I do it all over again?  Definitely!

 

 

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63 Comments

  • blabbermama May 26, 2016 at 10:47 am

    Explosive poo haha oooo I know them well. I know what you mean about getting to know a newborn as well. Every baby is so different! And the sleep, I’m with you there, just check me in a hotel for a night filled with… sleep with a pretty bow attached. Haha good insight into having 2 under 1!

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    • thetaleofmummyhood May 26, 2016 at 11:48 am

      Ah thankyou for your comments! I would so love to stay in a hotel, we can dream!! Imagine one whole night undisturbed! Haha!

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  • powerporter May 28, 2016 at 8:01 am

    Ah the famous poonami as my friend has aptly named it! We had a recent incident which required a full clothing change (it went all the way to the babygrow) in an overly hot KFC baby change! What a stella job you are doing having two little people under one and a blog!!! You go girl! #fortheloveofBLOG xx

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    • thetaleofmummyhood May 28, 2016 at 4:48 pm

      Poonami! That made me laugh! Oh no, they always do it at the best moments don’t they!? Thankyou for your comment 🙂

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  • themotherhub May 28, 2016 at 8:09 am

    It’s funny how it all becomes so normal isn’t it (haha hollow laugh) . Imagine how weird you would find it if you’d could suddenly be transported back to you pre kids time ! ( weird and awesome )

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    • thetaleofmummyhood May 28, 2016 at 4:49 pm

      Haha sometimes I dare to think about it, but your right it would be very weird! I can’t imagine life without the little monkeys now! Thanks for reading!

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  • Becca May 28, 2016 at 10:38 am

    This was a great read! Two sounds like a lot of hard work especially having them close together. But like you say, one isn’t easy either! Hope Baby J has a lovely first birthday and that you get a decent nights sleep before too long! #fortheloveofBLOG

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    • thetaleofmummyhood May 28, 2016 at 4:50 pm

      Ah thankyou for your lovely comments! It is hard work, but I’m told it’s all worth it, haha!

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  • Coombe Mill May 28, 2016 at 9:21 pm

    I think I felt much the same as you, it took till I had triplets before I said never again! #KCACOLS

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    • thetaleofmummyhood May 28, 2016 at 9:45 pm

      Wow triplets? Yes I think that would make me say never again too! You must be supermum!! Thankyou for reading 🙂

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  • The Speed Bump May 28, 2016 at 9:37 pm

    Lovely post and I still reckon you’re supermum for having two under one! Amazing x #KCACOLS

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    • thetaleofmummyhood May 28, 2016 at 9:46 pm

      Ah thankyou, I don’t feel like supermum but I’m told it’s all worth it. I wouldn’t change the little monkeys for he world mind! Thanks for reading 🙂

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  • Kate Tunstall, The Less-Refined Mind May 29, 2016 at 8:09 am

    I think you’re a hero. My daughter is nearly two and get sleep was so bad for so long I’m putting off a sibling… Part of me really wants to do it (I loved being pregnant and the early baby days), but the thought of going through that again… Eek! X
    #KCACOLS

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    • thetaleofmummyhood May 29, 2016 at 8:51 am

      The lack of sleep is awful! It’s all worth it in the end but, if you asked me if it was on a sleep deprived day I’d probably just cry! Haha! Thanks for reading 🙂

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  • wendy May 29, 2016 at 8:23 am

    I can’t imagine having 2 under one, you must be supermum!I’m pregnant with number 2 now, my son is nearly 3 and sometimes I think being pregnant would have been easier when he was a baby and I wouldn’t have to spend most of my day chasing him around! Sounds like you’re doing a great job 🙂 xx #KCACOLS

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    • thetaleofmummyhood May 29, 2016 at 8:50 am

      I don’t know about supermum! I think either way has its pros and cons, when they get moving though it’s is tiring isn’t it!? Thanks for reading 🙂

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  • Rebecca | AAUBlog May 29, 2016 at 1:46 pm

    I can’t even think! I have two but over two tears apart and found that crazy enough. Its all relative I suppose though. Thanks so much for linking up to #KCACOLS hope to see you again next week

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    • thetaleofmummyhood May 29, 2016 at 9:17 pm

      It can be tough but as you say it’s all relative, and would be tough say times whatever the age gap! Thanks for reading 🙂

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  • Jaylan - Diapers At Dawn May 29, 2016 at 9:16 pm

    Two under ones, go you! A lot of people say that at least you get the baby stage out of the way in one go, I guess it makes sense! Happy 1st birthday to Baby J x #KCACOLS

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    • thetaleofmummyhood May 29, 2016 at 9:19 pm

      That is true, I don’t plan on having anymore so this time next year the baby stage will be over. Let’s hope I don’t miss the baby stage and change my mind! Haha, thanks for reading!

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  • Becky@educating roversi May 30, 2016 at 8:55 am

    I don’t miss the poonami’s of a newborn! How you’ve managed with two under one is amazing – you are super mum! #KCACOLS

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    • thetaleofmummyhood May 30, 2016 at 10:12 am

      I’ve had two in two days! She’s keeping me on my toes! Not sure about supermum but I’m trying my best! Thanks for reading 🙂

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  • Educating Roversi May 30, 2016 at 8:57 am

    Ps we live near the Yorkshire Wildlife park and I wrote a post about it last summer. It’s ace! #KCACOLS

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  • My Little Yarn Baby May 30, 2016 at 2:41 pm

    I take my hat off to you, I can’t imagine coping with 2, one is bad enough, I mean hard enough work…..
    I would love to escape to a spa hotel for a night or two for some sleep……
    #bigpinklink

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    • thetaleofmummyhood May 30, 2016 at 9:06 pm

      It can be hard work, but I’m told it’s worth it! Thankyou for reading 🙂

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  • Sarah | Digital Motherhood May 30, 2016 at 9:30 pm

    I’m in awe of anyone with more than 1 child, let alone 2 under one! Lol You sound like you’re doing a fab job! #MarvMondays

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    • thetaleofmummyhood May 30, 2016 at 9:32 pm

      Thankyou, I’m trying my best! Tonight is the eve of her birthday, I’m sat here in disbelief that I have a one year old let along a six week old! Thanks for reading 🙂

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  • Agent Spitback May 31, 2016 at 5:11 am

    Explosive poo and…..VOMIT are my absolute worse nightmare. The amount of cleaning and laundry and the never ending cycling. Cherish your time now because in a blink of an eye, you will be having sleepless nights when they go out. I have lots of books which I have bought too, saying that one day, I’ll get to them and I have now that my children are so much older. It’s lovely now that my whole family can read together, each with their own book. Thanks for linking with #Bigpinklink

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    • thetaleofmummyhood May 31, 2016 at 6:55 am

      The time does fly! Thankyou so much for reading and for your comment!

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  • Savannah (@HowHesRaised) May 31, 2016 at 7:09 am

    Oh mama, I can’t imagine your exhaustion.
    My 14-month-old is a row of sleepless nights all on his own (it’s currently after 3am as I write this…), so I literally could not imagine having to care for a newborn at this point lol. Kudos to you for having such patience <3 I've heard having two really close together comes in handy as they get a little older because, like twins, they can really keep each other occupied! Thanks for sharing, and Happy Birthday to Baby J! #KCACOLS

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    • thetaleofmummyhood May 31, 2016 at 7:28 am

      They like to keep us awake don’t they, I hope you managed to get some sleep! Thankyou for your lovely comments 🙂

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  • Amy May 31, 2016 at 10:30 am

    I love the honesty of this post! Having one is hard enough, I can’t imagine having 2 under 1! You’re doing a fab job!

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  • Something Crunchy Mummy May 31, 2016 at 4:51 pm

    Having little ones is hard but as you say, wouldn’t change it for the world. Thanks for linking up to #justanotherlinky xx

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  • Back With A Bump May 31, 2016 at 5:59 pm

    Wow you have your hands full but sounds like you’re cracking on with it. With such a small age gap they’ll hopefully be best buddies and you’ll get rid of the crappy bits like explosive poo and sleepless nights before too long! #twinklytuesday

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    • thetaleofmummyhood May 31, 2016 at 6:14 pm

      That’s true, we will have the baby stage over in one! I certainly won’t miss explosive poo! Thanks for reading!

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  • Kaye May 31, 2016 at 6:40 pm

    Must be hard work! A will be near 3 when our next LO arrives and I’m worried about that being strenuous haha, though my cousin has 5 under 5 and I’ve no idea how she does it! Thanks for linking up to #MarvMondays. Kaye xo

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    • thetaleofmummyhood June 1, 2016 at 8:08 am

      I think two children, even one child, at any age is hard! Haha! Five under five deserves a medal!! Thanks for reading 🙂

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  • A mum track mind June 2, 2016 at 7:12 pm

    You need a medal. Just for getting through two HG pregnancies back to back like that. I had two HG pregnancies and thought I would die both times – hence the ten year age gap between my kids. I don’t know how you coped with the HG when you had a baby to care for – its no wonder that you have this parenting thing down, anything after surviving HG feels comparatively easy don’t you think? Great post lovely thanks for sharing on #fortheloveofBLOG x

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    • thetaleofmummyhood June 2, 2016 at 7:19 pm

      HG really is horrible, horrific in fact. Parenting is hard but HG is something else! Luckily my husband picked up a lot of the slack in the house and my mother is like an angel! I wouldn’t have been able to do it without them (and still wouldn’t)! Thankyou for your lovely comments 🙂

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  • Something About Baby June 2, 2016 at 8:43 pm

    Definitely deserve a medal for 2 under 1! Although, I would have loved an age gap like that. Even with the consent, you make it sound like a lot of fun #bloggerclubuk

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    • thetaleofmummyhood June 2, 2016 at 9:06 pm

      It’s not all bad I must admit! Thankyou for your comments 🙂

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  • Sarah@TeamMomLife June 3, 2016 at 9:39 pm

    Thanks for sharing your experience so far. We are looking at having a second and of course I am always nervous about what it’s going to be like. I think it will be like you say where there will be some really wonderful moments and really difficult ones. Thus is life. Enjoyed reading. #KCACOLS

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  • Silly Mummy June 3, 2016 at 10:13 pm

    Mine have 15 months between them – pretty close, but not quite this close! I also hated pregnancy (had HG) & am glad to have got it all over with close together. But it does make me a little sad that the time is passing so close together with them both – the baby days are already done. Having more of a gap I guess spreads that all a bit. I think school may be hardest – mine will go to school so close together that I’m sure I will feel like both babies have grown up too fast. But I love how close they are to each other. #justanotherlinky

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    • thetaleofmummyhood June 4, 2016 at 3:49 am

      It’s good that they are so close but I can see what you mean about stages being over so quickly! Sorry to hear you had HG too, it really is horrible. Thanks for reading 🙂

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  • newmummyblogcom June 3, 2016 at 10:19 pm

    Wow I think you deserve a medal! Two under one must be hard hard work, but it’ll be so worth it soon when they’re both playing together and so close 🙂 Oh the newborn poonamis… it’s amazing how you forget, and then suddenly remember! lol #justanotherlinky

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    • thetaleofmummyhood June 4, 2016 at 3:50 am

      Haha the poonamis are something I will definitely will not miss! Thanks for reading 🙂

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  • The Mum Project June 6, 2016 at 8:02 pm

    Oh my goodness, two under one! I have to agree with the ‘getting to know your newborn,’ I admittedly did not really enjoy the first few weeks (sorry I know thats bad but it’s true). On a positive note, once you know them, everything feels so much easier/better! The wildlife centre looks awesome! I can’t wait to bring my son to one. : ) Thanks for sharing with #StayClassy!

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    • thetaleofmummyhood June 7, 2016 at 7:49 am

      It definitely get easier after the first few weeks, the beauty of a second is that you know it’s going to get better! Thanks for reading 🙂

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  • Becky, Cuddle Fairy June 7, 2016 at 9:38 am

    Sure that’s it – it’s not easy but we’d do it all over again in a heart beat. Sleepless nights & explosive poos are rough & it feels like a long time when you are in it but that first year blows by so fast! Keep up the great work. Thanks so much for linking up with us at #BloggerClubUK

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  • sisterk1n June 10, 2016 at 4:19 pm

    I can so relate to this (twin mum!), but it does get easier I promise you. My two are currently playing together giving me time to type this (swiftly). #picknmix

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    • thetaleofmummyhood June 10, 2016 at 7:45 pm

      Ah thanks for reading! I do like to hear that it gets easier, I wouldn’t change them but parenting isn’t easy is it! 🙂

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  • acornishmum June 14, 2016 at 9:17 am

    Is it weird that even the downsides have me a little bit broody?! Ha thanks for linking up to #PicknMix

    Stevie x

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    • thetaleofmummyhood June 14, 2016 at 9:43 am

      Ha ha it just shows how much we love them, good times and bad! Thanks for reading 🙂

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  • BloggerMummyLauren June 14, 2016 at 6:21 pm

    My two were born within a year of each other. The first few years of their lives went by in a total blur, we were always on the go, and it was hard at times but now they are 6 and 7 and it’s fab because they’re so close in age they are best mates.

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    • thetaleofmummyhood June 14, 2016 at 7:39 pm

      This comment makes my heart smile, we will get there! Thanks for reading 🙂

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  • modernmum82 June 20, 2016 at 10:23 pm

    Thanks for a great read. I have five bundles, after my fourth I thought my baby days were behind me. Nine months ago I was thrown straight back into ‘explosive poos’!

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  • babiesbiscuitsandbooze July 29, 2016 at 12:43 pm

    Ah I love this! I would like to have two within a few years ideally but I completely respect you for managing two under one!! I can’t even think how difficult it must have been being pregnant with such a tiny baby. I do think you’ll enjoy it as after another few years you will be done with the baby and toddler stages for good – sort of getting it all out of the way in one go, if that makes sense?! And I like that you said there’s nothing ‘easy’ about one because I always think parents with more than 1 child are a little dismissive of those with just one! #ablogginggoodtime

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  • theparentingjungle July 29, 2016 at 5:44 pm

    My little man is five now and he keeps begging for a brother or sister, when he was born I was adamant that it would be best to wait till he was older but now I am wishing I had two closer together so they would have each other..you sounds like a hero..the description ‘explosive poo’ can still make me shudder…thank you for linking to #abloginggoodtime xx

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