I’m the first to admit, I was scared of the idea of being at home with a toddler and infant. I was stressed out about breastfeeding Katie, while trying to keep Isabelle busy. I was worried Isabelle was going to lose her French and that Katie wouldn’t have most of my attention.
I was wrong.
We do have our share of bad days, but here are a few reasons why my second maternity leave rocks with a toddler and infant:
- We take advantage of playgroups. With Isabelle, I didn’t do any playgroups at all. We did do mommy and baby yoga and did a lot of shopping, but with Katie hating the car seat, we aren’t going very far. I’m also very fortunate that a lot of my very good girlfriends are stay-at-home moms and on maternity leave. I’ve also made a lot of new mom-friends at these playgroups too.
- Isabelle keeps things interesting. We do crafts, play house, sing, read books. Katie is great, but she can’t sing “something in my shoe“, so we sing it to her.
- I get to see Isabelle grow up. She’s learning at lightening speed. I’m at the point now that she needs to slow down on the growing up. She’s such a kind soul. I don’t want that to change ever.
- Isabelle is as excited as I am when Katie learns a new skill. Watching her roll from side to side or making her laugh just makes our day.
- My mom has been at my place, (almost) every day with the girls. I still haven’t mastered the art of the nap for the girls, but that’s okay. I love having my mom come over and help me with them. I’ll never have this kind of time with her again when I go back to work. I’m very appreciative that she’s taken the time to come help me.
I’m sure there are a lot more reasons why I’m really enjoying this maternity leave, but I’ll save those for another blog post.