When my son was 10-months-old, we found out we were pregnant with another baby. Our daughter was born two days before our son turned 18-months-old. Gasp! I know. They are pretty close. And it was awesome at first. Our son wasn’t old enough to be jealous, and he was really interested in helping me with her. He would always bring her blankets and toys and pacifiers, and it was really sweet. Until about three months in and things started getting crazy.
Having two kids under two means having two kids in diapers. It’s expensive buying multiple sizes of diapers, and that’s not even the worst part. Some days feel like one giant dirty diaper. You change one poop, and then the other one poops. Then thirty minutes later it happens again. Some days just feel like an endless cycle of poop. Your house starts smelling like poop, and you end up trying to mask the scent when visitors come by spraying unnecessary amounts of Febreze everywhere. But your guests will know something’s up when every room smells like “Linen and Sky.”
When you have two kids under two, you never go out to eat. You either have to try and fit your car seat into a booth for your baby and put your toddler in a high chair, do two high chairs, or try and put your toddler in a booster seat while your baby is in a high chair. WHICH IS A JOKE. It’s impossible. And that’s just the seating arrangement. Try making it through a whole dinner without a meltdown from your children (or you). Good luck.
Going places takes forever, too. You have to get both kids ready, then get them both out the door and buckled into the car. Then when you get wherever you are going, you have to get them both out, and figure out a way to carry both of them. If you choose a stroller, you have to get the stroller out, buckle them both in, and then you’re good. And you have to repeat all of that backwards to get home. You might as well add on 30 minutes to any of your plans, and even then, you will probably still be late because one of them will poop as soon as you walk out the door.
Your schedule is tied to naps when you have two kids under two. Family get-together at 1? Nope, that’s when my kids nap. Morning playgroup at nine? Nope, that’s when my baby naps. Just skip the nap you say? No way. Because when four o’clock rolls around, you’ve got two kids on meltdown mode and that’s not going to fly.
People give you “the look” when you have two kids under two. Or worse, they ask how close your kids are in age and then go “Oh, wow” and proceed to tell you that they can’t imagine doing that. Thanks for judging my life decisions. I just love children.
When your baby is really young and eats all the time (and you feel like a milk factory), it’s super hard to simultaneously take care of your toddler. You will suffer some guilt, and then you’ll get over it because you can only do so much. And even though you said you’d never let your child play with the iPad, you quickly realize that he will sit down and watch weird YouTube videos of people opening plastic eggs for hours so you can get some quiet and feed your baby.
Sometimes both kids will cry. And cry, and cry, and cry. And then your head will explode.
When you have two kids under two, you will be absolutely exhausted by the end of the day. You will be out as soon as you hit the pillow at night. You will sleep deeply and soundly, even though the slightest noise from either of your kids will immediately wake you up. But in the morning, you will get up and do it all over again. Because when you have two kids under two, you have two tiny human beings who rely completely on you. And it will be the best.