My labour and delivery with her was days long and we had challenges afterwards with her gaining weight and with my milk supply. All in all though, with the help of our lovely midwives, we got through those challenges and went on to have a happy 14 months just us two (and hubby).
I'd say that was one of the main challenges I faced when the time actually came for our second daughter to join us earth side: not that much had changed as I'd thought it might. Hadley was (and is) still nursing (we had one attempt to wean her while I was pregnant but it was just heartbreaking as she wasn't ready to give it up, so I quickly decided to just push on and eventually tandem nurse).
"You don't make room in your heart to love another baby, your heart actually grows"!
In the same way that I remember
About a week after Hope was born Hadley turned two and it felt like all of a sudden between the addition of her little sister and officially becoming a toddler (and cutting two molars, ugh!), she had become a very different little kiddo than the baby I knew before. It felt crushing at times as I'd look over and see my suddenly giant girl feeding herself or contently playing on her own. As I said, up until her sister was born Hadley was my baby. I carried her wherever we went, nursed her to sleep and held her for most of her naps, slept together, ate together, basically she was (and still is, though now I've got two) my shadow.
Now, just over three months in,
we have truly found our rhythm.
Nap times are a bit of a juggling act and if I'm by myself when the girls need to go to bed at night that can be hard (hello colicky little sister!) but these trying times are growing a more patient, resilient mama. Not always, but I try really hard!
Hope has been a blessing in that, aside from her colic, she is a very laid back baby. So many of the things that were stressful after having Hadley have been a breeze with Hope. And (touch wood) she's a pretty good little sleeper!
Every day is full of challenges
...and small victories:
I count my blessings every day for these babies, and though on those hard days I sometimes wonder why I ever thought two under two would be a good idea (like the other week when I got the flu and then Hadley caught a cold), I know everything's happening as its meant to and that hopefully these little girls can grow up to be the best of friends. And if I'm really blessed they'll still wanna be my friend too!
Association Of Ontario Midwives
Baby's Second Night
Bell Let's Talk Day
Brampton Prenatal Classes
Caesarean Awareness Month
Childbirth Education Class
Choices In Childbirth
Cord Blood Banking
Delayed Cord Clamping
Doula Vs. Midwife
Eating On A Budget
Fresh 48 Photography
Headwaters Health Care Centre
Life With Baby
Life With Pets
Men's Mental Health
Midwifery Care Of Peel & Halton Hills
Midwives Of Headwater Hills
Ministry Of Health
Mom & Baby Yoga
Moms Of Headwater Hills
Motherhood In The City
Music Together Of Orangeville
Natural Family Planning Methods
Pelvic Floor Health
Pelvic Floor Physiotherapy
Postpartum Mood Disorder
The Pretty Imperfect Mama
World Prematurity Day