Reasons why having only 1 child is the best :-) ....
#1--you are more likely to sleep in, because the risk of being woken up early is reduced by 50%! This morning I didn't wake up until after 8am, and only because my mom called me on the phone! I haven't slept that long in FOR-EV-ER. Raya has been waking up earlier and on days when she suddenly sleeps in a little then Brielle almost certainly has an early morning.
#2--morning nap time. Morning nap when Raya was little was always something to look forward to. Now with Brielle morning nap means absolutely nothing. Whether she naps or not doesn't matter to me because regardless Miss Raya will be awake and demanding my attention! Did you know that the average toddler requires undivided attention from their parent(s) on average every 4 minutes? Yeah, I learned that little fact on Dr. Phil recently. However I'm pretty sure the 4 minutes is being generous.
#3-- Laundry builds up more slowly. Moms, is it not amazing how much dirty laundry a child can create?! Seriously...between the extra clothes, washcloths, blankets, towels, etc. etc. etc....one child creates a ton of additional laundry and with 2 children? Well somehow I swear that it more than doubles---I have no idea how.
#4--running errands can be fun again. When you have only 1 child please do not underestimate the ease with which you can run errands. When I go into town with two children I literally debate with myself every time I think about going into a store. You will never again "run in quick" to get something. By the time I get Raya out of her carseat, lead her to the other side of the van, instruct her to hold the handle tightly, get Brielle out of her carseat, grab the diaper bag and/or stroller, grab Raya's hand, and manage to get them both into the store (opening doors with my feet/butt/etc. because I have no free hands) I'm usually deciding that whatever it was I needed in the store is no longer important. When I run errand with only one child suddenly I'm quickly popping the baby out of her carseat and heading right on in (with a hand free to open doors!). Give me 1 child and a to-do list for shopping and I got ya covered. Give me 2 children and that same list? Screw it--whatever is on your list is something you can live without :-P
#5-- Baby is suddenly a much happier child! Without big sister to bug her suddenly Brielle rarely cries....it's amazing! Sure, Raya is usually trying to be nice, but even though they are so little they manage to "bicker" already. I cannot stress this enough---1 child = no one to fight with = awesome.
And lastly, for good measure, reason #6 ---you might actually be able to take your child's monthly photos! yeah yeah, she turned 10 months old on the 11th....of *last* month. But hey, she's still technically 10 months old so it's all good haha. With one child I was practically taking Raya's pictures at the exact moment she had her monthly "birthday". It gave me something to do! With 2 children, forget it. I've got 1000 other things to do and a toddler who doesn't think it's fun to help Mama take pictures of sissy. And remember the laundry issue from above? Yeah, you sorta need clean legwarmers to take the monthly pictures, and it's been hard locating them haha. But today we got it done! And really, I don't even know why I bother anymore because it's not like she'll sit still anyways. I swear the people who have the monthly pictures of their child sitting in the exact same spot each month, looking at the camera, all perfect and exact are either a) drugging their kids in some way b) need to get a life because they must take about a million "takes", c) are photoshopping something, or d) have lame-o kids who aren't motivated enough to ruin their mom's photoshoot :-P
|Her new trick this month? climbing the stairs.|
|She loves it when you chase her down screaming "no no!" too|
To end, here is a movie!!! Yep, something else I've slacked on with baby #2 :-P Please excuse my annoying commentary, and the fact that when I finally took a movie it was when they were eating and covered in food :-P But Raya's counting is sooo funny I just had to share. She's *really* into it! Movie here!