I used my double stroller a lot when they were little. People probably thought I was crazy for pulling my big stroller out every time I went into some place but it was the easiest way for me to get everyone strapped into something safe and to tote my diaper bag around.
Here I am at the zoo with my big stroller and two babies (and my friends!). I had a Graco Quattro Tour Duo Stroller.
Erika and I were laughing about this zoo trip just the other day…Nixon was 2 weeks old in this pic. Why were we taking two one year olds, a two week old and a 12 week old to the zoo??? Because we were just surviving. We were trying to get out of the house, we were trying to establish some sort of routine (and we really like a mid-morning activity before naps!), and we were trying to socialize with each other so that we didn’t go mad at home alone.
I get asked a lot if Kensington was jealous of us bringing home a new baby.
I don’t know if I just got lucky or what but Kensington never really seemed bothered by Smith’s presence in our house. Either K wasn’t too worried about him receiving attention or she was too young to really care, but I never felt like she was lacking for her own attention or acting out to receive more.
Honestly, I think when you have a one year old, a brand spankin’ new baby that doesn’t do anything but eat, sleep and lay around seems super simple compared to the busyness of the older one. I’m pretty sure most of my attention was still on K at this time because Smith was pretty simple.
I really try and be a glass half full kind of girl. Lots of diapers, lots of crying, lots of runny noses, two cribs, two babies and a lot of work can (and was) stressful…but I always told myself, if I’m already doing it with one baby, I might as well do it with another and then we can all move on to that next stage at one time.
Plus…I always remind myself that no matter the stage in life, I will one day look back and miss it. And let me tell you…as much as I love, love, love my 4 and 5 year old now, I would give anything to rewind the clock and have two babies at home to cuddle with and love on.
For me, the biggest bonus for having kids close in age is that I have instant friends in my house. These two looooove hanging out together! Kensington does not remember life without Smith. They’ve always had each other. They always play together. And let’s be honest, they always get into trouble together. (The phrase “stop touching your brother/sister” comes out of my mouth at least 4,856 times a day!)
If you’re one of those sweet mamas that has emailed me about having kids close in age, my best advice is to just enjoy it. You have no choice, you might as well declare it the best thing ever and relish every single minute of it :).
My next Shade of Shay has been a very hot topic lately. So, so, so many of you have asked me to do a Shade about building a home (because many of you are apparently in the process or about to start the process). If you have questions (not super personal, of course), please leave me a comment and I’ll answer them next week (those questions will not be published but instead saved for next week’s post!). Leave a comment here and I’ll answer your building/house questions next week!
On the foodie blog today…
…my Red, White and Blue Rice Krispies Treats! Your kiddos will love making these with you!!
And the winner of the Stella & Dot necklace is Tricia Baronowsky!
I emailed you this morning Tricia, so make sure you email me back to claim your prize. Congratulations!!
If you are still interested in ordering an engraveable necklace, please email Jody at firstname.lastname@example.org. She is placing orders right now!!