Transitioning from 1 child to 2

In the weeks leading up to Simon’s birth I spent a lot of time (ah, time – I still had some back then) thinking about how life would be with two little children. Looking back, I wish I would have spent less time worrying and more time singing to my belly…or catching up on laundry…or doing absolutely nothing…so I wrote a little letter to one-child Natasha to ease her worries 😉

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Hey past-self! 

I know you are afraid that you can’t love another little body as much as you love Lyla, but I promise, you can. I know, I know every mom says it…but that’s because it’s true. The second that Simon Earl is born, you are going to feel your heart double in size. 

Speaking of him being born, I know that you are not looking forward to doing the whole labor and delivery thing again. Sure, your first experience was a little crazy, but this time will be much less eventful. Yes, it’s going to hurt – bad – but the pain is temporary and the reward so worth it. I know that you are debating whether or not you are going to get an epidural this time. Spoilers: you don’t. And it’s fine. So stop fretting about it and just trust the process. You have an awesome doctor and an incredibly encouraging husband.  The first words out of your mouth will be “He’s perfect. I’ll do it again” and when it’s all said and done you will weirdly look forward to doing just that.

Newborns sleep a lot. So much so that for the first two months you almost think that the whole “two under two” thing is overrated. Enjoy this time. Don’t get cocky. Spend Simon’s sleepy time snuggling your first born and when she’s sleeping too? Catch up on Hart Of Dixie while you still can. 

Once Simon is out of the “sleep all the time” phase, things get a little harder but it’s nothing that you can’t manage. I know you are wondering how you will ever manage taking two kids anywhere by yourself but you do it. Everyday. It’s really a non-issue. Simon is kind of just forced to go with the flow and you are all happier because of it.  

Sleep deprivation isn’t nearly as devastating the second time around. Thank goodness, right? Simon is going to spoil you with sleeping six hour stretches at night for the first couple of months but don’t get too comfortable. He will start waking every 2-3 hours wanting to nurse, and still will be at six months with no end in sight, but you will manage.

In the beginning, you are late to everything. No matter how prepared you think you are, you will always forget something. It’s going to make you feel crazy and scatterbrained. It’s going to irritate you more than you would like to admit. Eventually, you get it together – you even make it to Simon’s six month well-visit 20 minutes early! 

Right now, you can’t imagine how sweet it is watching your babies interact with each other, and I can’t try to explain it to you either. It’s simply the best. 

Speaking of being the best – that newborn smell? MAN you didn’t realize just how good it was when you had Lyla. As soon as you have your baby boy in your hands you won’t be able to get enough. For the first couple of weeks (ok, months) you will stay up at night after nursing him and just hold smell him. For hours. No shame. I’m actually pretty envious of you right now. Take a sniff for me, k?

I hate to be the one to tell you this, but breastfeeding hurts just as bad the second time around. Bummer, yea? But you will stick with it and Simon will thrive. He’s a big, healthy boy. 

The hardest part about transitioning from 1 child to 2? Missing your husband. Alex is an amazing dad (duh, you already know that) and is so great about sharing the parenting load. Having just Lyla, you still have a lot of time to spend together. Meals, diaper changes, bath, bed time – it’s always two against one, you have so much time to spend together as a family. Once Simon enters the picture, a lot of “divide and conquer” happens. I’m not going to lie, it’s hard. You miss him. A lot. But it gets better, I promise. 

There are so many unknowns right around the corner. So many emotions to feel. In the next few months you will experience the highest of highs and the lowest of lows. You are going to fall more in love with your husband. You are going to grow in your faith. You are going to gain a deeper respect for your own parents. You are going to be encouraged and you are going to be let down. You are going to have days when you feel like Mary Poppins and days where you feel totally unprepared to be a mother. 

I know that you are scared now, but try really hard not to be, k? Becoming a mother of two is going to be the best thing that has happened to you since becoming a mom for the first time! You are going to learn and grow SO much. Your life is going to be richer than you can imagine. 

Rub that belly for me (I miss it already), soak up your Alex and Lyla time and make sure you pack your hospital bag when you go to Auntie’s for Thanksgiving – you have an 8lb 2oz turkey on the way! 

Love, 

Older, wiser you

 

 

 

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Cake and Ice Cream Party

It’s hard to believe that Lyla is turning two this week. Time is moving way too fast – but you know that. What you might not know is that we celebrated over the weekend.

We kept things simple and invited a bunch of Lyla’s little friends over for some cake and ice cream and then sent them all into a bounce house in the backyard. Basically, we loaded them up with sugar and let them burn it off. It was perfect!

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I picked up the tablecloth, cake stand and Lyla’s cute little leggings from Target. I ordered her balloons from Etsy and my super talented friend, Charron, made the cake topper. I would have liked to make all of the decorations but, really, aintnobodygottimeforthat. I did, however, make some fun ice cream cone garland. #DIYerforlife

It’s so fun to see Lyla building relationships with other children. She has such a sweet group of friends (and their parents rock too). We had a ton of fun and are so thankful for everyone who came to celebrate our two year old with us. 

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The Coolest Mom at the Playground

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Have I told you lately how much I love our neighborhood? Well, it’s a lot.There are about a bajillion playgrounds, a new splash zone for the kids, a ton of family-friendly activities and a great group of moms. Oh, and we are right on the beach. Yea, it rocks. 

I can probably count on one hand the number of days that we haven’t made it to the playground since moving here last year. Right after Simon Earl was born, I started running in to the same group of moms every week. After a few meet ups, they invited me to their Facebook page where we could keep in contact and set up playdates – it’s awesome. We all have kids around the same age who play well together and I truly look forward to hanging with them every week.dunkin-donuts-creamers-to-go

Having a nice group of moms to chat with while our kids play is so refreshing. I’ve really loved getting to know all of these ladies (and their babies) and have found that we have a lot of thing in common. 

Things like our love for coffee. 

Raising tiny humans is exhausting and by the time that we get out to the playground, most of us are ready for our second (or third) coffee of the day. You know, just that extra push to get us to nap time.

Earlier this week I brought some coffee and the new Dunkin’ Donuts® Coffee Creamer Singles to our playdate to share which automatically earned me the title of “coolest mom at the playground” – at least for that day 😉

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If you want to be the coolest mom at the playground, just remember the three c’s: coffee, cups and creamer.

  1. Set up a playdate at the local playground and show up with a big thermos filled with piping hot coffee
  2. Pour each mama a cup (extra portions for the moms with teething babies)
  3. Add a few Dunkin’ Donuts® Coffee Creamer Singles to make it extra creamy and you are good to go!

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You can pick up everything you need to be the coolest mom at the playground at your local Walmart – the Dunkin’ Donuts® Coffee Creamer Singles can be found in the coffee aisle. 

Not a mom? No worries. Bring coffee into work and earn yourself the title of “Coolest Guy in the Office” or crown yourself “Queen of the Classroom” by sharing some liquid gold coffee with your classmates. That’s the beauty of these new single packs – you can easily bring them anywhere!

Bonus points if you bring in a box of Dunkin’ K-Cup® for the communal Keurig® K-Cup® brewing system 😉

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Which flavor are you going to try?

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Year of the Byrds 14/52

Lisa and Kyle get here tomorrow. 

Here as in Hawaii.

The Sargents.

In our house.

Tomorrow. 

EEEEEEEP!

I’m so excited for my favorite Georgia peaches to be visiting us this week! I’ve been not so patiently counting the days until their arrival since they booked their tickets in December. I wasn’t sure if the last week was going to be the fastest (because I had a million things to do) or  the slowest (because I’m so excited) week ever. 

Turned out to be the fastest. 

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We started out our week with the most untraditional of Easters. My cousin, Hokulea, was in a big soccer tournament (who schedules a tournament Easter weekend?!) so instead of our usual sunrise service at the beach we all met up at the field and cheered her on to victory! (and stuffed our faces with McDonalds – whoops)

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Monday came and the weather was just too beautiful not to be at the beach, so we hit the Ko’Olina lagoons with Uncle Trey. He built that awesome Mickey head since we were at the lagoon that backs up to the Aulani property. #unofficialhiddenmickey Simon Earl loved splashing in the water with mom and Lyla loved feeding Simon Earl sunscreen. (kidding, mother)

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On Tuesdays my auntie watches dem babies for a few hours so I can have some “me” time. Apparently, “me” time usually involves breakfast food and a good book. Two weeks in a row and I’m not mad 😉

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Simon Earl AKA chunk master AKA the cutest 4 month old I ever did see had his checkup this week. He’s 26 inches long and just under 16 pounds – the same numbers Lyla checked in with at her nine month appointment. Big boy is big. He is happy and healthy as can be – praise God!

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This little munchkin is non-stop fun. Her favorite trick this week is to pretend to be asleep. Except, in this photo she actually is sleeping. With a t-shirt that she turned into a skirt. After bouncing in her crib for 30 minutes singing “Let It Go” at the top of her lungs, just loving life. You can’t make this stuff up. 

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Right before Alex calls to tell me he’s on his way home from work, my kids catch a case of the crazies. Everyday. So to pass the time until dad gets home, I load them up in the stroller and just cruise the neighborhood. I love my view 😉

Have a great weekend!!

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