High Five for Friday #74 | Five Thoughts on Being a Mom of Two

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Welcome to High Five for Friday – hosted by me, Tif, and Della! If you want to know more, read about it here!

This week’s featured blogger is Jessica from Life. Love. Reality! I love that she says one of her purposes of the blog is to give other women a chance to just honestly express their thoughts on life, marriage, family, etc. Her summer bucket list looks like such fun! Since I didn’t create one for us, I may just borrow hers! Be sure to swing over and say hello! That’s what I love about featuring a blogger each week – it gives us all a chance to meet new people!!

It was a pretty normal week around here… and not too many interesting highlights. SO I thought I’d switch things up and talk about the 5 things on my mind now that I’m a mom of 2.

1. When I’m running the show solo, I don’t like being outnumbered. My husband has a light schedule this month, so he’s been able to spend a TON of time at home with us, which is great! But when he is gone for meetings, that seems to be the time when both kids start crying. It’s inevitable! And I’m instantly pulled in two directions… some days it would be nice to be an octopus!

2. Adjusting to having a newborn again has been just fine… EXCEPT for the middle of the night feedings/cry sessions. That part of Elizabeth’s first few months must have been sponged from our memories, because my husband and I swear she didn’t do multiple wakings at night (I’m sure she did… it’s just all one big sleep deprived blur). It’s been hard to get used to operating on limited sleep… not going to lie. I’m pretty sure last night I was asleep standing up.

3. There are so many things to look forward to with these two kiddos! I can’t wait to see how they’ll play together. I wonder if they’ll be best buds like my sister and me. I can’t wait for William to start crawling so they can follow each other around! But then I’m all caught up in holding a little baby, and my sweet girl trying to take care of him, and I just don’t want these moments to go by quite so quickly.

4. Newborn bodily fluids just do not phase me. Poop on the hands? Fine! Spit up on my shirt – do I really need to change? But if any of my toddler’s ick ends up on me? Hazmat suits come out. Bleh!

5. Staying connected with my husband is SO much more important now. We’re, understandably, feeling like 100% mommy and daddy right now. The idea of organizing a date night and a baby sitter that can handle a newborn and toddler seems overwhelming to me. But I’m realizing regularly connecting is going to be so crucial. Veterans – any tips on how to incorporate this when you’re just trying to survive as a parent? It’s feeling like being a spouse is almost too much to ask for right now.

BONUS! I was quickly scanning the week’s pics and realized, hey! There were a few things that happened!

Some highlights from the week!

Clockwise from L: William celebrating 2 weeks on Tuesday! Elizabeth enjoyed the “paddling pool” and wearing a “swimming costume”. My parents came into town last weekend and Elizabeth soaked all that time up. We also snuck out to our favorite breakfast spot and I loved sitting next to my favorite girl!

Also, did you see this week’s posts? I shared my idea for a 2 Week Rotating Menu to make meal planning easier this summer. I also have my labor and delivery story up!

What were you up to this week? Let me know!

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  1. Jacquelyn says:

    The newborn nights are seriously soo hard.. I was just thinking back to that today. I hope it gets better for you soon! I’m still waking up at night with my one year old I can only imagine once number two comes along haha

    • Katie @ Cup of Tea says:

      We knew it was coming, but we just forgot how hard it was! HAHA! Silly us! But it doesn’t last forever. And it won’t last forever with your one year old!

  2. Michelle says:

    Veteran here! Use every opportunity with the grandparents. No matter how tired you are, when they are there, go out to dinner, get coffee, or just take a nap, no scratch the last one, The little ones have a way of finding you. Seriously, take time for the two of you. It will revitalize your spirit and energize you physically. If not, the crabby monster will begin to attack you both. Otherwise, sounds like you got this.

    • Katie @ Cup of Tea says:

      YES! I think we both are quickly realizing that spending time together is most important. Sleep deprivation is rough, and a nap sounds tempting, but hanging out together doing things is much more important!!

  3. Jess says:

    I can’t even fathom having to deal with a toddler and newborn at the same time! I’m an only child and I never really baby-sat, so life with kids feels pretty daunting! You’re my hero for handling it all so well! Hope you guys have a great weekend (with some more sleep thrown in!)! 🙂

    • Katie @ Cup of Tea says:

      HAHA Oh I’m not handling it… it’s all smoke and mirrors 🙂 but being a parent is a hoot 🙂

  4. Whitney Jordan says:

    I nodded my way through your whole list! Especially the part where you questioned if your first really cried this much or woke up this often??????? We do that all the time and my hubby swears Olive was a dream baby and I’m reminding him that it wasn’t all roses when she was tiny 🙂 Funny how you forget the hard things and remember the sweet ones. Babies are tricky like that!! Hope you have a great weekend!

    • Katie @ Cup of Tea says:

      HAHA YES! Poor William. It’s unfair, really. I know Elizabeth was a baby that cried in the first few months for hours at night… but we just can’t seem to remember that 🙂 And we have less patience for middle of the night crying this time because we’re wishing for more sleep. HA! Hope you’re all doing well!!

  5. Jillian says:

    Congratulations on your sweet new addition! He is precious! There are so many things I look forward to when my hubby and I decide to have kids, but sleep deprivation is not one of them. I struggle terribly with lack of sleep NOW… I’m sure I will just be a mess. But I’m sure it will be worth it! 🙂

    • Katie @ Cup of Tea says:

      The sleep deprivation had me TERRIFIED the first time. I wasn’t nervous about anything except being sleep deprived. And this time I just want to get back to my normal sleep 🙂 I’m not patient. But yes! Totally worth it!! These sleepless nights don’t last forever 🙂

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