So life with two is...interesting. I wouldn't change it for the world and it didn't take long for Rosalie to feel like she had always been with us. She arrived 8 days after the eviction notice was given; at least that was better than George who refused to move out. I remember being told 'the second one is normally earlier than the first' and 'they normally weigh more the second time' and 'second labours are easier and shorter'. Well, Rosalie did arrive earlier but she didn't weigh more (a whole pound less in fact) and the labour was no shorter than George's! But hey, she got here safe and healthy and that was all that mattered.
I forgot about all the things you do with a newborn and most is only coming back to me because we are doing it with Rosalie. For example, when George wouldn't sleep we used to take him on a walk up the road and then bring the pushchair inside. I forgot that. I had to eat most of my dinners cold because as soon as someone says tea is ready they also get hungry. I forgot that. When they are crying and the one thing that stops them is to stand in front of the patterned wallpaper for them to stare at. I forgot that. And so many other things that I forgot but are rushing back as we go through it all over again with Rosalie. Part of me wishes I had kept a diary of daily life with George so I could compare it to now, not that I ever had time for that!
The timing of having Rosalie worked out well. Paul had the two weeks off for Easter so we had the first week to sort the house and make the most of George and then he had the second week with all of us. He also took his paternity leave for the following two weeks so had a month at home. During those two weeks I was left on two occasions with both children for a trial run before he returned to full time work. I was nervous. How would I sort out George and Rosalie? How would I play with George if she was crying or needed me? Would I ever get dressed again? How would we ever leave the house? It turned out to be easier than I thought. So here are some things that I would recommend to help you leave the house.
My journey with two continues to amaze and excite me. We are all learning something new every day. George loves his little sister which makes us love him even more. And if we leave the house, well, it's a good day!