From One to Two

The old adage that going from zero to one child is harder than going from one to two (did I just blow your mind with all that math) has certainly been true for me.
While we've had some rocky periods, having two kids has not been that much more difficult to adjust to.  Some of it is that Jude naps. A lot.  But to balance that out, SoJo rarely naps anymore, unless he's sick or running on a sleep deficit.

I think that as a new parent you're bombarded with so much new new new. New situations like dealing with major diaper blowouts.  New sleep schedules (or lack thereof).  New feelings of inadequacy and what the f&*$ am I doing and why did I think this parenting thing was a good idea.

Not so much with two.  I'm a pro at diapering one-handed, at knowing that a baby is generally going to wake up during the night, especially nights when I'm sick or haven't gotten much sleep.  Oddly, I'm much more relaxed about getting out of bed to tend to Kid B than I was with Kid A.
I'll admit that I have it easy; none of my boys has special needs or health issues, and SoJo has been the best big brother I could have imagined (and frankly, I didn't set the bar too high, which of course entitles me to a mom-of-the-year award right there).
Now don't go thinking that we might be wondering what going from two to three is like.  Unfortunately the Mister has no interest in learning about those mysteries.  He'd much prefer to focus on lighter topics like the nature of suffering and discovering one's true self.
But of course, feel free to comment with your experiences.  Chris enjoys hearing from the K&K Peanut Gallery.


•´.¸¸.•¨¯`♥.Mrs. Cox.♥´¯¨•.¸¸.´• said...

I've heard that if you can handle the shift from 1 to 2, adding any number of children past that is easy. Easy might not be the best word, there's always adjustment with a new child. Reading about your experience and adjustment puts my mind at ease though.

JDaniel4's Mom said...

They are so cute! The baby is getting so big.

Sonya said...

I certainly thought going from one to two was MUCH easier than none to one!! :) I don't think we will find out about two to three either. :(

Kayla @ TheEclecticElement said...

That last picture is just priceless :)

Unfortunately, I don't have any experience, but I can understand the logic you're getting at her. It makes sense.

Sheena @ Sophistishe said...

No experience here, but I honestly believe that once you raise one, the second becomes easier... unless of course #2 turns out to be high needs. There's something about success with #1 that serves as a boost of confidence.

Thank you for my dose of cuteness for today!

Naomi Shapiro said...

If it makes you feel any better, I am still adjusting and Jasper is nearly five! I have heard that three is easier than two but I have no intention of finding out for myself...

Knit and Purl Mama said...

They're so cute.

I find the biggest adjustment (even bigger than going from 0 to 1) is going from 2 to 3. Being outnumbered is the biggest challenge.

Looks like things are good in your neck of the woods!

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