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1/29/15

Thoughts On Two Under Two

I cannot even tell you how much I love having two babies under two.  Maybe I'm crazy from lack or sleep or maybe we just got really lucky with the two sweetest, laid back boys one could hope for.  But either way, somedays I have to pinch myself because this life we are living is more wonderful than I could hope.
Of course we have our hard days. . . you know we all do.  The money is always just barely stretching to meet the bills.  Adam -- sweet man -- is working long days and extra jobs to keep me home each day.  I have moments during the day when I stop and just try to breathe through the frustration and teachable moments.

But I am learning that the beauty and gift of life won't wait for the difficult seasons to pass.  Our babies won't wait to grow up until there's a buffer in the savings account.  Their fuzzy little heads and belly laughs can't be pressed like a pause button for calmer days to come.  They keep growing and changing and blossoming into the amazing men they will someday become and all I can do is remind myself to just be.

Be in the moment rising before dawn for an unexpected feeding.
Be in the moment of pudgy little arms around my neck at nap time.
Be in the moment of spilled flour on the counter and water across the floor.
Be in the moment of repetitive stories and chase games and requests for more juice.
These days, while long and exhausting and sometimes not what we imagined, are truly the best days of our life.  Our best days because yesterday is just a sliver of memories and tomorrow is not promised as ours.  Today is our gift to cherish.

So if you find yourself with two babies -- because under two is really still baby in my book -- don't be afraid.  You will somedays feel lost in diapers and sweatpants and endless messy hair, but I promise when you watch your two little people literally growing up together, your heart will feel so much love and joy that you just might explode from it all.



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20 comments:

  1. SO sweet. And so glad I'm not alone in trying to breathe it out through the "teachable" moments... :) Love your perspective, it helps me keep my head on straight!

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  2. What a beautiful post! Your little boys will grow up the best of friends, and that is one of the best gifts you can ever give them.

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  3. emmett already adores gideon. my heart melts everyday!!

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  4. Positive mama posts like this are so inspiring + encouraging, even though we're still waiting on our first little one to arrive. It's good to hear of the challenges, yes, but also the joy + fulfillment in raising a family. Cheers!

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  5. thanks dear! i feel like finding the beauty in each day helps me value and be excited about the precious days when our babies are little. i can't wait for your to arrive!! xo

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  6. I love your posts so much. They make my heart feel so good after lack of sleep, mommy guilt for feeling frustrated (because 1 under 2 is hard!!). Keep it up, friend. You're amazing!

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  7. Awww, such a sweet post! You always remind me to live in the moment and enjoy every minute of it.

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  8. thanks for a sweet reminder.
    even with one baby - its easy for me to get wrapped up in whats not going as i expected.

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  9. yay for firsts! hope you are having the best pregnancy imaginable!

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  10. oh my gosh YES! that is so true. it's funny because i often tell my husband that life rarely goes as we plan, yet it still is so wonderful!! how old is your little one?!

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  11. He is just about to be four months old in a few weeks - our first.
    Its been a pretty crazy adventure thus far, and i can't imagine it getting much calmer as time goes on.

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  12. how fun! he and gideon must be only about 6 weeks apart. i think life with boys is a constant adventure and i am loving it!! ;)

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  13. Ahhhh I'm so glad to hear that. I think it's true what they say, it gets better every day - but I'm so nonstalgic that I worry... is this as good as it gets? Am I going to want this back a week from now?

    I'm a believer that the best is still to come, but Its always nice to hear other mothers confirm that.

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  14. i think the good is always ebbing and changing. the quote 'time gives and takes' is so so true when it comes to our children. it feels like every different stage they go through gives you something new and wonderful and you also loose little things that are special. (ei. the tiny squishy newborn cuddles, etc.) i'm always trying to hard to embrace the beauty in today. sounds like you are doing a great job with that as well! xo

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  15. LOVE this post! I especially resonate with what you said at the end: "You will somedays feel lost in diapers and sweatpants and endless messy hair, but I promise when you watch your two little people literally growing up together, your heart will feel so much love and joy that you just might explode from it all." This is my life!! This fall I'll have four under five, and I'm bracing myself for the chaos while also bursting with joy at the blessing to be a mom of these precious ones!

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  16. wow! that is so fun that your fourth is on the way. i have always secretly wanted a lot close together. ;) won't it be so fun when they are older and doing life so closely with each other?! keep up your great work, mama!! xo

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  17. I know you posted this several months ago, and mine aren't "two under two" anymore, but your words truly spoke to me today. I've been under a lot of stress lately and haven't been open to "loving every moment" as much as I'd like to. Thanks for the reminder to cherish these moments that fly by so quickly! Pretty sure I need to go peek at them in their beds and kiss their sweet little faces, as soon as I finish typing this!

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  18. awww thanks for sharing! it's so hard to cherish these days in the middle of the hard moments but it's so healthy for our hearts to stop and see the beauty in the moment!! XO

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