What I Learned Having 2 Under 2 (& what I wish I knew)
Having kids has been the biggest learning experience in my life & I know that most other mamas can relate to that! Before I had my first son, I was totally naive to everything that would come my way – the good, the bad, and the ugly. It is amazing how much you learn, about not only your baby, but about yourself. We knew we wanted another little bundle to bring Ryland a sibling & so there we had it. 2 under 2. I feel like I learned a ton from these two kiddos of mine but there are still some things I wish I knew more about! If I ever have another, I’ll have some more information. 😉 If you are expecting your first, second, or even third, stay tuned for my tips of what I have learned from 2 under 2 and what I wish I knew!
Babies. Toddlers. Kids. They all come with their unique traits and new learning curves! I have loved watching my kids grow and watching them become best of friends. Here’s a few things I have learned from having my babies 2 under 2:
1. Newborns may not be as hard as I once thought.
After having a toddler & then expecting a newborn, I realized that those newborn days are sweet and much much slower. Of course, every stage has its struggles, but the first time around the shock and the exhaustion blinds us from how chill it can be. I wanted to make sure that I took in all the sweet baby snuggles the second time around (and took those showers when the baby slept!)
2. Moms are total multitasking queens.
When you have one kid, I feel like you cannot imagine having another… when will I have time to do anything? How will I carry all the things?? The truth is that moms are bosses. They can multitask better than anything on earth! Trust me. You will figure it all out.
3. Exhaustion is real (but definitely do-able).
The sleep deprivation is amazing. I cannot believe I ever complained about being tried before I had kids. The bizarre thing is that although you may be sleeping very very little – you will still be able to do a LOT! (With the help of coffee too – am I the only one?)
4. There is no such thing as a mom’s heart being too full.
One of the most common fears of a mom expecting her second baby… How will I love another as much as I love my first? I don’t have an answer – but all I know is that a moms heart grows and grows and grows with each child. There is no such thing as a full mama heart!
5. Feeding babies can be more difficult than you would ever imagine.
Something so natural? You would think it would be much easier! Give yourself grace, ask for help, and have patience (even if you have to cry through it) because you got this mama!!
This leads me into what I wish I knew. I wish I knew more about the in’s and out’s of feeding a baby. I wish I knew just how hard breastfeeding can be and how difficult it can be to make the switch to formula. I wish I knew about products that could help keep my baby healthy and avoid possible health conditions like colic, eczema, allergies, diabetes and obesity. After having my two sons, I met so many new moms and the wisdom that you can gain in a tight knit community and from the great presence of mom blogs is incredible. One of the products I discovered once my boys were past the breastfeeding stage was Evivo. Have you heard of it? If not, I am really excited to be able to share it with you because it is a total game changer!
Evivo recently conducted a clinical trial in which Evivo was proven to restore infants’ gut microbiome 100% of the time. In the trial, babies given Evivo showed 80% reduction in potentially harmful bacteria such as E. coli, clostridia, Staph and Strep; those babies who did not receive Evivo had more than 4 times the level of these potentially harmful bacteria versus the babies given Evivo.
So when I talk about things I wish I knew, this is definitely at the top of the list. Isn’t it incredible the research and discovery that Evivo has made in keeping our babies healthy.
They are now starting to understand that colic, eczema, allergies, diabetes and obesity are related to how well the gut microbiome (i.e. collection of good and bad bacteria in the gut) developed within the first few months of life. When more good bacteria is present in the gut, it crowds out the bad bacteria. Unfortunately, today, more and more babies are experiencing a disruption in their gut, causing more bad bacteria to thrive. Evivo significantly reduces the presence of bad bacteria by restoring B. infantis, a specific strainof beneficial bacteria that’s historically been responsible for much of the programming of the immune system and metabolism.
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