Crossing the threshold

I’ll admit it (a popular starting phrase for most of my entries), the first two years with two kids (now aged 4 and 2) was HARD. But we’re  quickly crossing that threshold. Phew!

It’s evidenced in several ways – not the least of which is my own mood and tolerance level for their antics. However, considering that my daughter’s first 18 months were plagued with my postpartum depression journey, my own mood isn’t the best measure.

So, here we go. My top ten list of why it’s easier:

10. My son, a fully potty trained 4yo by day still wears a pull up at night. No big deal, but I did the happy dance when he started getting up in the morning, taking it off himself, and putting it in the garbage! Now I honestly only have to take care of one in diapers.

9. They can both climb into their own car seats. Yes, this is a big deal. I open both car doors, they climb up, and all I have to do is buckle them in.

8. They will sit and paint together at their play table for 45 minutes, giving me time to bake, cook, or clean. Did I say 45 minutes?

7. When we go to the playgrounds (indoor or out), I don’t have to run like a lunatic from one kid to another. I can watch and monitor from the sidelines. Of course, I do love getting on the equipment and playing with them, but now I can do it with less anxiety, knowing they are each capable of climbing and sliding on their own.

6. They both like to eat the same things. No dividing of meals, cooking different things for each.

5. My 4yo thinks it’s a big deal to help take care of the 2yo.

4. We are almost stroller free. Almost.

3. They both know how to follow directions. Not that they always do, but knowing how is half the battle.

2. They are old enough that I feel comfortable leaving them with a few different babysitters. So we have a few to choose from depending on how long we need them for.

1. They play together. Yes, I said TOGETHER. And they are so cute and can be so sweet when they are together!

I love being the mom of two kids – I always have. But everyday I love it a little bit more now, having crossed the threshold from complete craziness to a more well-controlled, organized craziness.

And I love the two of them, and our family, more than I could ever describe in words.

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5 responses to “Crossing the threshold

  1. Lynne

    I loved reading this post …you have always been a great writer but it is just really cool to read about something I can (kind of) relate to. It is also nice to know that 2 children can be challenging but it gets easier with time…I guess I will be finding that out for myself soon enough. Thanks for always being honest in your blog for us moms that need a dose of reality sometimes and don’t get it from some other moms who have the “perfect world”. 🙂

  2. jodyfrommommymoment

    Wow, I agree, my girls are 4 and almost 2.

    I just wanted to stop by to say Thank-you for commenting on my UBP10 post! I was overwhelmed by all the lovely people who came and left such kind comments!

    And yes, I think it is great that my friend/co-writer is giving a child a home too!

    It was because of YOU that my party was such a success!

    Jody
    @mommymomentblog

  3. I know how you feel- I have a 5 year old, 4 year old, and an almost 2 year old and I finally feel like I’m getting even the tiniest grip on it all.

    Stopping by to welcome you to SITS! Hope that you are enjoying it!

  4. I have 2 kids, too…. my daughter is 4 and my son is 11 months. I can’t wait until my son is old enough to play with his big sister! I hope my daughter still wants to associate with him by then!

    I came by to welcome you to SITS! We’re happy to have you with us!

  5. Thank you everyone. Clearly, 2 years is a turning point in kids’ development. I never realized it with my first, because when he turned 2, my daughter was a newborn. Hard to have that perspective at that point! Just Lisa – hang in there! It gets better!

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