Monday, March 21, 2016

Mothering Monday: Two Kids Are Harder than Six

I am in Kentucky with my three youngest children visiting my sister. She has two little girls who are only 16 or so months apart. I love spending time with my sweet nieces. They have reminded me how hard this stage of mothering is. I babysat the girls-and my kids, for my sister so she and her husband could go on a date.

Nearly the whole time, all three babies cried, or at least one of them was crying at all times. To be fair, they were all tired and hungry and just wanted to be snuggled. I am not kidding when I say that I held all three for most of the time I babysat. The house was a wreck, food was everywhere, and I felt frazzled. My sister is amazing to manage this time of her life. 

There are so many reasons why two kids, especially babies, are harder than having six kids. 

1) Five of my kids are in school, so I have quiet time throughout the day to complete household tasks.
2) Five of my children can get food, drinks, use the bathroom, clean up after themselves, entertain themselves, and sleep without my help or attention.
3) I don't have to entertain my kids. 
4) My kids are big enough to tell me what they need.
5) My kids can wait if I am helping another sibling.
6) Babies need to be held a lot. 
7)  When you have babies at home, someone always needs to be fed, changed, cuddled, burped, etc. and they often need everything at the same time. 
8) I have lots of help with my older children. 

Don't get me wrong, I paid my dues and am reaping the rewards. I have lots of love, patience, sympathy, and understanding to the young mothers juggling two or more babies and toddlers.


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