Transitioning from a mom of one toddler to a mom of a toddler and a baby has been quite the challenge. The secret to surviving is achieving balance. My main concern when I had Kaleb was I didn’t want Braelyn to feel left out. She’s a daddy’s girl, but I didn’t want her feeling bad if I was busy with the baby. While I was pregnant I bought a couple children’s books that focused on becoming a big sister. When she came to visit me the first day in the hospital, my husband and I presented her with a big sister basket from the baby. It included her own baby with a bottle. Since then she has quickly turned into my little mama. She helps when she can and she is very protective of her brother. I try to include her with as much as I can.
When it comes to how I achieve personal balance, that’s a bit more challenging. I am a natural nurturer. I want to do for others and often that leaves me last. I had to start making “me time.” Some people think it’s impossible to achieve balance with two little ones, a husband and a full time job, but it can be done. I sacrifice a little extra sleep for my sanity. I go to the gym before my husband leaves for work. When that’s done, I feel like I’ve already had a productive day. Then nap time is golden. I have managed to sync their nap schedules, which is major. During that time I can clean, prep for dinner, sleep, or binge watch my favorite shows. It’s truly the little things. When they wake up with smiling faces, I know it’s all worth it. It may be challenging, but the best things in life don’t come easy.
Written by Alisha Roper