I had to bribe Jude to get him to sit still for a photo with his baby brother. By Afton Spriggs
Me and my boys By Afton Spriggs
Super Jude to the rescue! By Afton Spriggs
My sweet little Beckett By Afton Spriggs
I’ve been back at work for a couple of weeks now and I’m just now getting a moment to sit down and blog. Getting back into the swing of things after being on a two-month maternity leave has not been easy, but it’s all coming back to me. I swear I spent the first couple of days just trying to remember all of my passwords and trying to figure out how to do my job. Not to mention getting used to spending 8 hours of my day at work. It’s been a time of adjustment in my life.
And speaking of adjustments…did I mention that I now have two little boys at home. Life with a two-year-old and a two-month-old is hectic and busy. Between cleaning up after and chasing down the whirlwind of energy that is my two-year-old Jude and keeping up with the feedings and diaper changes that dominate my two-month-old Beckett’s life, there’s not much time for anything else. Add to that the everyday errands and to-dos and by the end of the night, I feel like I’ve just run a marathon. And I wouldn’t have it any other way. As I recently told sister (who will be married this summer and probably a mommy in a few years) motherhood is the most challenging but most rewarding things you’ll ever experience.
The first month as a mom of two was more on the challenging side. Thankfully Beckett is a really good baby! He rarely fusses, he smiles all the time and he’s already a great sleeper! He made the transition from one to two a little easier. The main adjustment was figuring out a routine and remembering how to take care of a newborn all over again. I had forgotten little things, like newborns don’t cooperate when you dress them (not like Jude does either) and some babies don’t like baths at first. I also had to learn how to care for two boys with completely different needs at the same time. I can’t tell you how many times Jude has come up and tried to pull me into his room to play while I’m trying to change Beck’s diaper. And trying to wrangle a two-year-old in public while carrying a pumpkin seat…I thought I’d never be able to leave the house with the kids by myself. But, things are much better now. Life is settling into a rhythm. Beck is almost 3 months now and it feels like he’s always been here.
I think Jude had the toughest time adjusting. I completely underestimated just how difficult it would be for him to handle so much change in his little life. He spent the first month ignoring Beckett and anyone who was holding or paying attention to “baby butter” (as Jude calls him). He also reverted a little in the communication department. All of a sudden he wouldn’t tell us what he wanted. We would ask him questions and he would refuse to respond. And when we couldn’t figure out what he was trying to tell us, he would just lay on the floor and cry. Not fun. But again, things are much better now. Now Jude gets concerned when his brother cries, he laughs when his brother sneezes and he even gives his brother good night kisses. I’m sure before I know it they’re going to be playing together and running circles around me…together.
The best thing about life with two boys is having two little guys to love. No matter how many tantrums and dirty diapers I deal with on a daily basis, there’s no feeling quite like having Beck smile at me and hearing Jude say, “I love you too, Mommy.” Makes it all worthwhile!