(I’ve had this last blog ¾ written for the last couple of weeks. Then my oldest got chicken pox, and now the twins have it! It’s draining having them up during the night, having them unhappy at home for a week…but I can slowly see the light at the end of the tunnel, so hopefully we’re all good to go in a few days or so!)
I’d like to know if this is just me, if it’s a guy thing or if this happens to everyone, but each time we’ve had another baby, I get what I call “baby amnesia”. Basically, I almost can’t remember anything about how to look after the baby. And we only had the last ones a couple of years ago!
I can’t remember how long I sterilise bottles for, when I started the baby on solids, how long they were in the moses basket before we put them in a cot, how long we swaddled for, when we started using a sleep sack, when do they change nappy sizes, how much tummy time do they get…..the list goes on and on!
The other thing I’ve found this time around is that having 1 is harder than 2. I know this seems absolutely crazy, because the twins were so demanding, but I think that’s why I found looking after them easier. With the twins, I was always so busy that I didn’t have time to stop and think. I didn’t always have time to relax. Heck, I hardly even remember the first three months at home with them, just having to do double the work keeps you busy. Now I’m like ‘oh, I’ve got to get up and feed him now’ or ‘oh, do I have to change him again already?’ I guess just having one baby has made me lazy!
It’s probably also because this kid is sooooo chill and soooo easy. Almost everything with him has been easy. He’s slept through the night from about 8 weeks, he’s always happy and always content to just sit and play by himself. Contrast this to the twins, who are both 3 now and STILL don’t sleep through the night most nights. I’ve always wondered how kids who all have the same upbringing and environment can turn out so different with such different personalities…well I’m finding out about that first hand. In the mean time, I just need to try to remember what the next milestone is for the baby!