Becoming a mother to two children has been absolutely wonderful is so many ways. Little Deer is such a great big sister. She likes to kiss Baby Deer and give her pats on the head, grab a burp cloth and wipe Baby Deer's mouth if she sees her spit-up, and even hand me a diaper when I'm changing her. The other day Little Deer even took her favorite blanket lovey and put it on Baby Deer's lap while she was sitting in her bouncer. Baby Deer, in turn, is a very happy baby. She is constantly smiling and cooing. When you get close to her she just looks up at you with a chubby-cheek grin and kicks her little legs in excitement. Really, these girls have made my heart just melt.
On the other hand, I could also say that these past few months have been stressful. And TIRING. Sleep when baby sleeps no longer a valid option when you have a toddler, especially one who always loves to take short naps herself. Little Deer has also gotten more sensitive lately. I'm not sure if it's the impending second birthday or her getting used to sharing the limelight, but let's just say she's perfected the belly-flop tantrums. Seriously kid, doesn't that hurt? Baby Deer, though a sweet and happy baby, is driving me nuts with the love/hate relationship she has with her pacifier. Stop spitting it out if you want it so badly you little stinker! And the tummy issues… poor baby is pretty uncomfortable at night (leading, of course, to less sleep for everyone).
Even with struggling to stay afloat in these uncharted waters of motherhood, overall I would say the adjustment to two has gone well. It's also been helped immensely to have Mr. Deer home this time around (he deployed just two weeks after Little Deer was born—that was rough). Now that things are starting to stabilize and there's some semblance of a daily flow, I've been able to reflect back on these past few months a bit. Life with two is definitely a whirlwind, but for all those mamas expecting their second child in the coming months, I want to reassure you: it's a little hectic but it's definitely doable! To hopefully help with the transition, I thought I'd share a few things that have made my life with these two beautiful girls a bit more manageable.