Some of you may have noticed that the boys and I have already been out and about. Ty isn’t even a month old yet but we are already back on the streets of Seattle at least once a week. This may seem crazy. I’m supposed to be resting and bonding with my new little one. The problem (well not really a problem) is that I also have a toddler. Dek doesn’t care that he has a tiny new brother we are all supposed to just sit around and stare at all day.
Dek already loves the new baby and is proving to be an amazing big brother, but he needs a bit more stimulation in his life. Dek’s world didn’t stop when his baby brother was born. He is still an active little boy who needs to get out, run around and explore whatever is in front of him.
Sadly Dek has watched more Curious George over the past 9 months than I care to admit. Yet you will never meet a kid more desperate not to be watching TV. Because of this I’ve left the house. His brain and body need stimulation, and quite frankly, so do I.
I’m lucky. I feel like I have bounced back a little bit faster after having Ty than I did with Dek. The newborn thing isn’t so foreign to me. Yes, I now have to learn the ropes of juggling an infant and toddler, but at least I’m not starting completely from scratch. I’ve also had more help in the first few weeks of Ty’s life than I had with Dek. The grandparents have all come to the rescue, which means I have had time to regroup, rest and be with both my boys.
This is not to say that life is easy or stress free. This week I’ve been home alone with the boys for the first time. I don’t have grandparents or the hubby to lend an extra hand. On top of all of this Dek is still a rambunctious, opinionated, potty training toddler, a combo that could take down my sanity on any given day. It has been chaotic. It has definitely not been restful. So far I’m amazed we make it out the front door at all, even just to grab a pastry down the street. We’ve all got to start somewhere.
My encouragement to you is this- if I can get two kids under the age of 3 out the door, you can definitely challenge yourself to get out of the house with your kids. It really is that first step that is the hardest. We can all take baby steps together. Because really, once you have shoes on a toddler and an infant in the car seat your day just has to get easier. It has to.