On June 4, 2016 my life changed forever. My sweet baby girl, Lyla Kaye, was brought into this world. Even though she was my second baby, I felt all the same feelings and excitement as when I had my first baby and from the moment I met her I could tell she was special. She’s nothing but the sweetest little baby that never cries, sleeps like a dream, and has such a beautiful aura about her.
Even though her birth was amazing, I was very concerned about having a second child. I was worried that it was going to be incredibly difficult taking care of two children all day, every day since I’m a stay at home mom. I was also worried how my three-year-old son, Sawyer, would react to having a new sibling. For three whole years he had all of the attention from mom and dad, so I thought he might resent this new little baby because he was no longer the main focus in our lives. I wanted to make this transition for him as smooth as I possibly could, so I decided to make baby sister’s arrival into something that he would enjoy, too. A few months before she arrived I started telling him how excited his new little sister was to meet him, how much she loved him, and that she was going to bring him a special present. This peaked my son’s curiosity and made him more excited for her to be born instead of nervous. To this day, when he plays with the toy she brought him, he talks about how baby sister gave it to him.
One of the things I couldn’t wait to do now that I had a new baby was make birth announcements. When we had our son we didn’t have the extra money for birth announcements, so I never sent them out and I have always regretted that. Soon after Lyla’s birth I was introduced to Tiny Prints, a company that sells all kinds of birth announcements, invitations, thank you cards, personalized gifts, and so much more. I found the perfect announcement on their website that fit not only my style, but I felt like it looked special and unique, just like my beautiful baby girl. My favorite part about using Tiny Prints to design the birth announcements was that there was so much of it already done for me, which left me little to stress about. This is invaluable as a new mom because although I really enjoy being creative and would normally love to do all of those things myself, with two kids and two part time jobs, I simply do not have the time (or the energy for that matter) to make something like this on my own. I loved being able to document her birth this way and that I was able to share that special day with all of our closest friends and family. Although there was so much I was pleased about from working with Tiny Prints to make my daughter’s birth announcements, perhaps the best part was that Tiny Prints partners with Baby2Baby, a non-profit organization that provides kids 0-12 with diapers, clothes, and other basic needs, and a portion of every birth announcement order goes to this inspiring company.
I’ll be honest, the first few weeks were very hard on me as a new mom with now two children instead of one. I felt guilty because I couldn’t play with my little best friend as much as I used to and I couldn’t help him do things because I was occupied nursing my daughter. I could tell he seemed disappointed when I would tell him that I couldn’t go out and play with him because I was feeding his little sister. I realized I needed to start changing the way I was wording things to him because I didn’t want him to get jealous. Instead of saying “I can’t do this or that,” I started saying, “I would love to do that as soon as I’m done changing Lyla’s diaper, or feeding Lyla, or put Lyla down for a nap,” etc. When I changed my wording I could tell my son stopped getting so frustrated and was more accepting of the fact that I just had to do some things for Lyla before I could do things for him or with him. I really feel like that has helped him adjust very well to having a new sibling.
As my little baby grew, things became a little easier as a family of four. The hardest part about having a new baby are those first few weeks when the baby doesn’t sleep much and eats very often. Now that my daughter is three months old, things are starting to feel more natural and easier, not to mention more fun! Around this age, babies start to hit those little milestones here and there. Around 7 weeks old she started smiling at us and just recently she starting laughing. She especially loves to watch her big brother which in turn makes her smile and laugh a whole lot. It’s fun to watch their relationship blossom as my son wants to hold her, kiss her, talk to her, and look at her. Just yesterday she rolled over from her tummy to her back, and I can tell she’s already teething because she chews on everything and drools all the time. Slowly but surely she’s beginning to hit all those milestones that you write down in their baby journals or scrapbooks.
Having two children is definitely more difficult than having one, but I wouldn’t change it for the world. Being able to experience your child’s birth, sharing their birth announcement with your loved ones, seeing them smile and hearing them laugh for the very first time, and just being able to cuddle them makes all the difficult moments worth it. I feel so incredibly blessed to be the mother of my two little ones and I’m so thankful for all the moments I get to spend with them whether they be little, big, bad, or good.