"Staying Home" with Two Under Two
While FaceTiming with my mom the the other day, Ryder was throwing trucks across the room and Teddy was crying. When I reversed the phone to selfie mode, she started cracking up probably because I looked like a hot mess. She said, "THAT's what you have to write about in your next blog post...the every day stuff". I thought it was a great idea because I know many other moms in similar situations. So here we go, here's a humorous look into what life has been like for us these past few weeks with two under two.
I will start by saying that while we are going stir-crazy stuck at home, I feel grateful because it means we are SAFE at home. Every day I think of the front line responders who are going to work each day so we can stay safe...they are true heroes. I also think of the parents who are still working either in or out of the house and are also balancing long distance learning for their kids at the same time. You are all amazing.
With a very active 19 month old and one month old, the days seem to be a blur. Most days I my intention is to shower early in the morning and the next thing I know, it's 7pm and I'm still in my sweatpants. The loads of laundry keep piling up, dishes piled up in the sink and toys are everywhere. Our routine has been thrown off and it's hard to stick to any kind of schedule. Embracing the chaos is what we like to call it these days. I'm trying to appreciate every minute of my maternity leave because soon enough I'll be back to work. I'm sure other parents can agree that this situation has been a challenge and we are all doing the best we can.
Here's Ryder asking for his first snack of the day at 8:02 a.m. after we finished eating breakfast at 7:30 a.m. It's so hard to say no, especially when he says "Peassss".
What our living room usually looks like:
I swear I turned around for one second and then...
Here are the boys. Poor Teddy gets his binky stolen from him about 10x a day.
Our saving grace: LOTS of walks taking in the fresh air, sitting in the back of Matt's truck, waving at all the trucks that go by, and watching Moana for the hundredth time.
Swagger has been loving all the family time too. On a recent walk to the field across the street, check out where he decided to cool off. Did not expect to give 3 baths in one night!
This new normal, while overwhelming at times, has made me stop to think about so many things and be thankful for all that I have and for all of the amazing people in my life (who I so badly miss and just want to hug!). It's made me appreciate everything I have, big or small, and to not take anything for granted. Going out to eat with friends, taking Ryder to the playground, walking the sea wall on a beautiful day, making plans and looking forward to them. I miss it all and can't wait for things to resume. If you are struggling with all that's going on and having a hard time adjusting - know you are not alone. You are doing the best you can and that's all you can do right now. One day at a time!