Those first few weeks with a new baby. Wow. Can't think of any other time in my life I ever felt like I was on an emotional rollercoaster than then. And bringing home that SECOND baby. It's so much easier, but so much harder.
This mom was just so so so lovely and looked way more beautiful than I could ever have hoped to look only a few weeks after having a baby. But I know it's not all just pretty pretty all the time. I know that her heart is being pulled and tugged and stretched so much more than she ever thought possible. I know that she's trying her best to give 100% to her first baby while simultaneously giving 100% to her new baby. And I know that that math just plain old doesn't add up.
When I think back to my adjustment to two babies, I distinctly remember the struggle of learning how to take care of two beautiful little souls at the same time and I remember that being a very painful time. BUT I also remember learning that making one kid wait while I took care of the other taught valuable lessons in patience, empathy and compassion. I shifted my thinking and realized they were all going to be ok.
Annnnnnnd I also texted all my friends with more than 1 kid over and over just to remind myself that I'd be ok, too.
This mom will be too.
We can do it.
But holy moly, motherhood is not for the faint of heart.