So here is a quick look at what it is like having two children under two. If you also have young children close in age i wonder if you can relate to any of these.
1.) Your washing basket is never empty. Even though the washer and tumble dryer are on non stop every single day i still seem to have piles of washing to do. It is never ending with a weaning baby who needs changed a few times a day and a messy toddler.
2.) You change nappies so often you can now change them in the dark and still put them on perfectly. Seriously i must change at least fifteen to twenty nappies per day.
3.) You also have no spare money to treat yourself to trips to the hairdressers or pretty shoes as all your money now goes on nappies, baby milk and baby clothes. And you wont have much money anyway as maternity pay back to back is pretty rubbish compared to your normal wages.
4.) Pushing a double buggy is hard work. Seriously they are so big and heavy compared to a normal buggy, especially once it is weighed down like a pack horse with a changing bag bursting to the seems with enough nappies and spare clothes for two children. And getting it in some shops and on public transport is just a nightmare.
5.) Everyone will say "oh you have your hands full there " when they see you. Especially old ladies who you have never met before in your life and normally when you are struggling to get on a bus and they wont move to let you in the buggy bay or when one of your children is having a mini breakdown because they are not getting any attention.
6.) When it comes to things like Christmas you will struggle to buy your youngest any presents as there older sibling will have got all the decent baby toys the year before and there is nothing else to buy. So you end up buying them a few outfits and about one toy and then feel guilty even though they wont have a clue about what is happening anyway.
7.) Your toddler suddenly seems so big compared to the baby and you actually forget that they are still so little themselves and kind of expect them to be doing things themselves. But chances are they will start acting like a baby again for mummy and daddy's attention.
8.) You have no spare time ever so your house is a mess, your eyebrows are overgrown and you haven't watched your favourite TV show for ages. As once your children are in bed you are just too damn tired to do anything and normally end up in bed by 9pm at the latest.
9.) You have not had a full nights sleep and a lie in for over two years so now you are actually use to no sleep and when you do get the rare chance of a lie in you are awake by 7.30am.
10.) Everyone will tell you to get out with your children but the idea of playgroup or soft play fills with you dread as you will try it and realise that you can't chase a rampaging toddler whilst feeding a screaming baby so you stop going and only start venturing as far as the shops and become a bit of a hermit unless daddy is home to come with you to chase the toddler around.
Now my baby is older things are so much easier and i am so glad that my little two are so close in age as there is a ten year gap between my oldest and middle child. If you have more then one child what else would you add to this list ?