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The funny thing is my boys initials add up to TWO – {Trent + Wes Overgaauw}. Two has been so much harder to adjust to than one! I still don’t have it down, 4 months into the game. I don’t know why I thought it would be an easier adjustment. I clearly was naive in thinking two under two would be a quick adjustment in life, or two under 14 months I should say. Maybe it is easy for people? But my experience is just chaos, but a chaos that is so worth it. The sleepless nights are so worth just one little smile, or another new word being learned and watching how proud a one year old can be!

My boys are 4 months old and {almost} 18 months old! Isn’t it crazy that when I had a 4 month old last I was already pregnant?! We were crazy. I literally can’t imagine it. I really don’t know how I made it through the sickness, and all that goes with pregnancy with an infant. This was never my plan in life. Originally, I was always the girl saying two years apart at least, especially if we planned on just two. Clearly, their were other plans for our lives, and I’m so obsessed that these two will always have each other. Only 4 months in and they have such a bond already! Wes’ eyes never stop following Trent, and Trent gets such a kick out of Wes! Everyone tells you they will be so close, and finally I am seeing it! I can’t wait to watch how they grow together more and more.

Isn’t it funny too how you kind of just expect to have the same baby? I don’t know why I just thought a schedule, eating, sleeping, pooping, everything would be the same. Here I am with total opposites! Trent was a solid, scheduled baby. Everyday was like clockwork, and he could barely hang on till 5pm at one point for bed! He’s always been a napper, I finally just got him down to one nap. Then, I have Wes, my fight with every last ounce in him to not sleep. Every time he is put in his crib for a nap, cry. Night time is a battle, but once he’s asleep he usually stays asleep. Then add in a toddler, who is just having fun, and decides to become his loudest every time baby tries to nap! It’s definitely a whirlwind everyday around here, the coffee is always brewing, and this mama is exhausted most days! But I love it, I love it all. I love every step, every stage, with the ups and downs. They are my world. My mind is blown by how fast it is going!

Random tips for two under two:

1.) They will cry at the same time. Pick the one that is actually in need, and try to multitask. Sometimes one just has to cry a little longer, and it does not make you a bad mom. I still have a hard time with this, who wants to let their baby cry? Some days I would just have to sit with one in my arms, and one laying on me and all three of us crying. It gets better.

2.) Car rides are your friend. Some days I just had to load up the car, even just to grab a coffee, just to get 20 minutes of sanity.

3.) Movies are okay. We still watch way too many movies over here. Trent loves them, acts them out even. Some days I have a baby that just can’t settle, and this is my option. Judge away.

4.) Make one on one time happen. It could even be just going for a walk together, or go on an ice cream date. It makes them feel important, and they need that!

5.) Buy a good carrier, and double stroller. You will use them, trust me. I love my baby bjorn.

6.) Have activities for your toddler, and lot of snacks to entertain.

7.) Set up areas in the house where you can set baby down when you need to for lunchtime, if your toddler just needs you, if your toddler needs a diaper change, you name it! I have a swing in one area, a bouncer chair in another, I use to have the dock a tot on the couch. Just do what you need to do.

8.) Utilize grocery pickup. Walmart pickup is my best friend. Isn’t loading and unloading enough work with two babies?!

9.) Buy a cordless vacuum. I don’t know how I lived life before one. Hold baby in one arm, make it a game with your toddler, win for all.

10.) Tell your spouse when you need help. You are a team. In the beginning both boys would wake up, we still have it randomly, but I couldn’t do it without my husband.

Remember you are a great mom. Mom guilt is such a real thing. Trent still has milk in a bottle, we watch Toy Story way too much, I don’t have Wes do tummy time enough, and we don’t always eat the best. They won’t remember this stuff. They will just remember how you cared for them.

About

My name is Chelsie Overgaauw. Born in New Mexico, grew up in California, and now living my adult life in Texas. I am a 26 year old stay at home {new} mama to my sweet boy and I am married to my best friend. I have experienced a lot in life already, good and bad, and have a lot more to experience. I am a lover of cooking, writing, photography, and design. Follow along to learn more.

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