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Getting Through with Two Under Two

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My eldest will be two May which means my time of parenting two under two is coming to an end.  It’s been an epic two years of tears, tantrums, laughs and memories.  Not all of the tears and tantrums were from the kids either!  I often wonder how I’ve gotten through the last two years alive, but I did and seeing as I’m still here to tell the tale here are my top tips on acing life with littles!

Know it won’t be like this forever…

When the littlest was born it felt like she would be a new born forever.  The crying, the sleepless nights and the endless sterilisation of bottles was all my life seemed to entail.  After a few months the fog started to lift and I realised that life wouldn’t always be like this, children grow and fast.  I’m not going to tell you to enjoy every minute, that would be hypocritical because I hated about 75% of it.  But time passed so quickly and for me the toddler years are so much more fun!

Develop a good routine and stick to it…

Routine isn’t always easy to achieve, but it’s definitely worth working towards from day one.  I had visions of two children who would nap at the same time and go to bed at the same time, my sanity depended on it.  Now don’t get me wrong it took a lot of work and rivers of tears, but I finally have two girls who love their routine as much as I do…phew!

Find a purpose other than being a parent…

Sometimes being a parenting isn’t enough, often we need something else to focus on even if it’s just for a little while.  For me blogging was my saviour, I found writing about my experiences as a new mum of two very young children extremely cathartic.  Blogging allowed me to find the person I was before I had children and it transformed that person into someone much happier and much more confident.  Find whatever it is that you love and get stuck in, I’m a better mum for finding my passion and working at it!

Get out of the house…

Days spent in the house are often long and depressing.  Even if you just take a little stroll around the block, getting out can be beneficial to both parent and child.  Some days I found the mere idea of heading out daunting, but pushing myself to get a change of scene always made me feel a little bit more positive.

Coffee…

Sleepless nights, chasing around after a toddler, tending to a new born and life in general with children so young is knackering.  I for one couldn’t live without a coffee fix.  Treat yourself and buy the decent stuff, you deserve it!

 

#mysundayphoto a throw back to when the littlest was born! How time flies ❤️ #throwback

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50 Comments

  • Louise April 14, 2017 at 10:35 am

    There’s a two year gap between my two and having two under three was hard enough, especially for that first year of having two. Getting out of the house makes such a difference – I’m always much happier for a little outdoor time. Coffee was definitely a necessity too! Glad to hear that having a good routine works well for you and that the fog of those early days has lifted 🙂 #ablogginggoodtime

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    • The Tale of Mummyhood April 16, 2017 at 9:01 am

      I love to be outdoors too! Thanks so stopping by! X

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  • Lianne Freeman April 15, 2017 at 5:56 am

    I love this I had two under two for a while as I have 14 months age diff – it was hard but totally amazing!! And like you coffee got me through!! I find it hard again as they get older mine are 2 and 3 now and I’ve gotta be on my toes all the time ha xx #blogstravaganza

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    • The Tale of Mummyhood April 16, 2017 at 9:00 am

      Ah they throw so many challenges our way at any age, the little monkeys! Xx

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  • softfuzzygunddog April 15, 2017 at 6:13 am

    I have two more months of 2under2. I’m loving the newborn phase though! Given, it was much easier the first time around when I didn’t have a toddler crying at my feet while we nursed but I still love it when they’re so little they can barely lift their head off your shoulder (involuntary snuggles!).
    I agree wholeheartedly about getting out of the house. Some mornings I would lose my cool if I didn’t have that outing to work towards.
    #Blogstravaganza

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    • The Tale of Mummyhood April 16, 2017 at 8:59 am

      Ah the snuggles are lovely! Xx

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  • Kerry April 15, 2017 at 6:29 am

    Wow well done you, I honestly don’t know how I’d cope with 2! The tips are great, I wrote a post ages ago about being a SAHM and not going insane, and I pretty much listed everything you’ve got there! Definitely buy nice coffee, you deserve it! #blogstravaganza

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    • The Tale of Mummyhood April 16, 2017 at 8:59 am

      Ah fab, I’ll take a look! X

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  • pamsbakeandbabyblog April 15, 2017 at 8:29 am

    Im always banging on about routine and often get a few eye rolls but honestly i think kids repsond so well to a routine. It doesnt have to be regimented and can be adapted but a simple plan always helps! After dinner its straight in the bath then winding down to bedtime. I have two children who go to bed without any problem and sleep relatively well im sure because of my routine. It helps my sanity too! Two under teo must have been a challenge at times but I bet its gone in the blink of an eye! Happy 1st birthday to your youngest this week! It was my daughters 1st last week and i dont know where the years gone! #Blogstravaganza

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    • The Tale of Mummyhood April 16, 2017 at 8:59 am

      Ah thankyou! I totally agree routine is key, it keeps me sane too! Xx

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  • anywaytostayathome April 15, 2017 at 8:43 am

    Well done on getting through the two under two stage. I hope you’re looking forward to the two toddlers stage! #blogstravaganza

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    • The Tale of Mummyhood April 16, 2017 at 8:58 am

      Thankyou! X

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  • Sarah April 15, 2017 at 1:24 pm

    Coffee and wine how I can tell what time of day it is. 😉 My two boys are just 5 days short of being 2 years 6 months apart. It is definitely a roller coaster no matter what the age difference, but like many adrenaline rush rides, you get off all dizzy and wobbly then go queue up for more.

    Great post. Thank you for sharing.

    Sarah
    mamiskilts.co.uk

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    • The Tale of Mummyhood April 16, 2017 at 8:58 am

      Totally agree, two children can be hard work whatever their ages! X

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  • oldhouseintheshires April 15, 2017 at 3:19 pm

    Ahhhh your children are gorgeous! I have 2 teens who are exactly 2 years apart and I remember feeling such accomplishment when the youngest napped at the same time as the eldest!! It only lasted 3 months before the eldest dropped her nap but the sense of relief I felt for that hour in the middle of the day was immense! Routine was how I kept my sanity!!! Good luck. X #Blogstravaganza

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    • The Tale of Mummyhood April 16, 2017 at 8:56 am

      Thankyou! I do love nap time, I’m dreading the time coming when my eldest drops hers! X

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  • Musings of a tired mummy...zzz... April 15, 2017 at 5:53 pm

    I definitely feel like a better mum now I have my 3 jobs and my blog, I feel happier and more fulfilled so it is better for them and I’m setting a better example. Can’t live without my daily mocha…#blogstravaganza

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    • The Tale of Mummyhood April 16, 2017 at 8:55 am

      It’s good to get a bit of ourselves back isn’t it! X

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  • Digital Motherhood April 15, 2017 at 6:21 pm

    I only have one child and that was bad enough, 2 under 2 must be hard work! Good tips though, drink all the coffee!! #Blogstravaganza

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    • The Tale of Mummyhood April 16, 2017 at 8:55 am

      Haha thankyou! X

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  • Helen April 15, 2017 at 7:07 pm

    This advice couldn’t come at a more perfect time for me – I’m currently expecting our second baby and although there will be 2 years 2 months between the two of them I know I’ll need to take all of your advice on board. I know it’s going to be hard and that scares me, but like you say…it’s not forever 🙂 #Blogstravaganza

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    • The Tale of Mummyhood April 16, 2017 at 8:54 am

      Ah congratulations! Time flies, keep powering through! X

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  • Helen @talking_mums April 15, 2017 at 8:54 pm

    This is all so true Zoe, at times I feel like I’m drowning in a situation and find myself wishing these times away and then I think to myself that they won’t be like this for ever…their funny little ways and naivety! Getting out the house is a must and plenty of caffeine 😂 X
    #Blogstravaganza

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    • The Tale of Mummyhood April 16, 2017 at 8:54 am

      I know exactly what you mean, times really does fly though x

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  • Stephanie April 15, 2017 at 10:58 pm

    All good advice! Even for someone with just one under two. #blogstravaganza

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    • The Tale of Mummyhood April 16, 2017 at 8:53 am

      Thankyou x

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  • tinmccarthy April 16, 2017 at 12:35 pm

    As a mom of twins I hear ya!

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    • The Tale of Mummyhood April 16, 2017 at 1:36 pm

      Haha, thankyou! X

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  • JakiJellz April 16, 2017 at 2:53 pm

    Hats off to you! One was challenging enough. I’d love to tell you it gets easier after two but 3 and 4 are challenging – but you having two might make a difference as they’ll have each other. Congrats on surviving! 😄 #blogstravaganza

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    • The Tale of Mummyhood April 18, 2017 at 1:09 pm

      Aw hopefully! X

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  • Aleena Brown April 16, 2017 at 10:14 pm

    Two under 3 had its moments so hats off you!! And as for coffee, well! If you know, you know 😉 #Blogstravaganza

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    • The Tale of Mummyhood April 18, 2017 at 1:08 pm

      Haha thankyou! X

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  • Mrs Mummy Harris April 17, 2017 at 8:39 pm

    the discussion of the next one is becoming more and more frequent lately so i’m taking notes now especially as it could become me having two under two! #blogstravaganza

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    • The Tale of Mummyhood April 18, 2017 at 1:08 pm

      Ah bless you! X

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  • Muffintopmummyblog April 17, 2017 at 9:46 pm

    Complete hats off to you – having 1 baby is hard enough, 2 at different ages must be overwhelming! I love my little one, but dealing with her and an older sibling would have me heading back to bed for the day haha. Although I’ll keep these tips in my mind for if anything were to accidentally happen ahead of baby number 2 schedule… #blogstravaganza

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    • The Tale of Mummyhood April 18, 2017 at 1:08 pm

      Haha thankyou! X

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  • Mummy in a TuTu (@mummyinatutu) April 19, 2017 at 7:40 pm

    yourea legend – I am having enough problem with 1 two year old let alone two under 2!!
    Thanks for linking to #ablogginggoodtime

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    • The Tale of Mummyhood April 20, 2017 at 8:52 pm

      Ah bless you, thankyou! X

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  • crummymummy1 April 19, 2017 at 9:09 pm

    Rather you than me, that’s all I can say! #ablogginggoodtime

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    • The Tale of Mummyhood April 20, 2017 at 8:52 pm

      Haha thankyou! X

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  • bellfrombow May 11, 2017 at 12:48 pm

    Two under two is challenging and AMAZING! Mine are now 3 & 1.5. I miss their littleness, whilst it is crazy it goes so quickly. Enjoy every second #stayclassymama

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    • The Tale of Mummyhood May 12, 2017 at 10:47 am

      Time really does fly! x

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  • Nicole May 11, 2017 at 3:44 pm

    I have so much respect for all you mums who juggles two littles – a toddler and a baby. Some days, managing one itself is exhausting!!!
    I’m with you on the blogging being cathartic and also on the pushing yourself to go outside – makes such a lot of difference!
    #StayClassyMama

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    • The Tale of Mummyhood May 12, 2017 at 10:39 am

      I remember one child being incredibly difficult, to be honest I can’t think why we thought two was a good idea! Haha, on a serious note it does get easier! x

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  • Winnettes May 11, 2017 at 4:46 pm

    Such great advice here. I found blogging and vlogging my thing other than being mum and it has seriously helped me so many times. It does get easier, and quickly. What is that phrase… The days are long but the years are short. So true! Mine are 4 and 2 now and the light at the end of the tunnel gets brighter by the day. #StayClassyMama

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    • The Tale of Mummyhood May 12, 2017 at 10:37 am

      Ah this is a lovely comment, I’m so glad to hear it gets easier. Thankyou! x

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  • mummuddlingthrough May 11, 2017 at 7:48 pm

    Wowzers…you’ve almost made it! Switch that posh coffee for a bottle of posh bubbly my dear…great advice, think it could apply to many parenting scenarios! I’m definitely picking up a few pointers here too 😉
    Thanks for sharing with #coolmumclub x

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    • The Tale of Mummyhood May 12, 2017 at 10:36 am

      Ah thankyou…switching to bubbly now! x

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  • whitecamellias May 14, 2017 at 3:28 pm

    Great tips. I certainly agree with a good routine. It was a lifesaver for us and still is. Oh and also coffee. It’s the first thing I do as soon as I wake up. I can’t even talk before I have an expresso. Thank you for sharing with #StayClassyMama

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    • The Tale of Mummyhood May 15, 2017 at 11:39 am

      Haha, I’m with you on the coffee! X

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