One Kid was EASY! A Mommy Truth

Kendall’s been sick this week. Not the kind of sick where he lays in a bed and sleeps all day, though. Just the kind of sick where I’m forced to keep him home from school, while he continues with life at the same pace he always has. So we’ve run a lot of errands together while Leyna is at school.

It’s actually not so bad because there’s just one of him. Just one carseat to deal with, just one kid to watch during bathroom trips, just one to keep from running in an opposite direction.

Man, one kid was EASY! I wonder how long it will take for me to feel the same about 2 after the 3rd baby comes…

  • Jennifer - I have a secret. I am pregnant with a surprise baby #3 too. I think I am due only a few weeks after you. Love reading your post, definitly makes me feel not so alone. I ahd this same thought when my oldest spent the night at grandparents yesterday, and I only had one kid to worry about.ReplyCancel

  • Haleigh - My 2nd and 3rd are 13 months apart. When I first found out, I bawled for weeks. He will be a year old in a few weeks and it finally feels like we are starting to figure it all out :-) It takes a lot of getting used to but once you do, that 3rd one is so worth it!ReplyCancel

  • Heather - I found that going from 1 to 2 was really hard, but going from 2 to 3, and 3 to 4 no big deal! You’re a pro now! You’ll do great!ReplyCancel

  • Arnebya - I am still pining for #4 even though #1 is technically old enough to watch #s 2 or 3 or both (I think.) And I wote just last week about the difference in dealing with just one (the girls were at a sleepover.)ReplyCancel

  • Sarah McD - Pretty. Stinkin’. Much.

    Now that my older two are both in school, I actually find myself a little bored with *just* the third around during the day.ReplyCancel

  • Noelle - So true. I was carrying out my 14 month old twins from the gym one time while pregnant with my 3rd (who was born when they were 1 day shy of 16mos) and I thought….I’m going to look back at this and think THIS was easy. Carrying 2 just over 1 year olds each on a hip while rocking a HUGE bump. It’s all in perspective. Congrats on #3….I think, frmo what I’ve been told that the transition from 2 to 3 kids is easier than the transition from 1 to 2… :-) ReplyCancel

  • Sharon - Ha! I have soooo had this thought. More than once I’ve had the incredulous realization that it now feels easy with just one (on the rare occasions that I have just one to deal with)- indeed, so easy I wonder how I could ever have thought that just one was so hard. Now I’m due with #3 in just a couple of months, and the idea that introducing the third could make me look back and think that two was easy absolutely terrifies me. Because two (especially when one is just over two and the other is just under one) is incredibly hard. {sigh}ReplyCancel

  • Mindi - I’m due with #3 in June and #1 is turning 4 in February. He has finally started to dress himself 100%, go to the bathroom independently, and sometimes even gets himself snacks. Every once in awhile I think “Oh shit what have I done?”. I have to go back to the “I need mommy for everything stage a third time.”. Then I remember just how much I love how squishy a newborn is, and the baby smell, and the sweetness of a newborn sleeping on you and it’s totally worth it. It should be interesting juggling a 4 year old, 2 year old and newborn all summer long during maternity leave though! :) ReplyCancel

  • Krista - Three kids or more just helps you master your zone defense.ReplyCancel

  • Tobasco - I only have one child and she’s 3.5 years old. When I see my friends struggle with two, or three (one of them has five!) I think to myself that the people with two under two have it right, if you want more than one child. It’s so easy to have one I’m spoiled and don’t want to mess that up, haha.ReplyCancel

  • Rachel - Thanks for saying this out loud! (it’s what the rest of us twin parents think about first timers….) good luck with #3!ReplyCancel

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