How Life Changes with a Second Child

Mon, 03/18/2013 - 1:55pm -- Mel Gibb

Life changes (again!) when you have a second child. You constantly have to split your time between your child, and this can lead to some challenging moments. Over the past month, here are the challenges we’ve faced at home... hopefully, you can learn from my “mistakes.”

If you can’t lock it up, hide it away, or place it on the ceiling, your sweetheart will find a way of turning it into a toy. If said “toy” can be opened and eaten it will be. Thank heavens for tin cans of cat food!

If there is something on the counter that your child likes, be sure to put it away before leaving the room otherwise you will have a half eaten bowl of sugar and a hyperactive child for the rest of the afternoon.

Felt markers are an activity that needs to be supervised! Do not leave your 21 month old with them when you run upstairs to get the baby. If you do leave your child with them, be sure they are washable and not super-indelible-never-come-off-till-you're-dead-or-maybe-even-longer markers as this makes for interesting conversations when out-and-about... especially at church on Sunday.

Candy should not be left on a shelf in the pantry that your little one can reach. It should also not be left on a shelf your little one can’t reach because one way or another she will find a way to get it down... even if it means climbing the shelves, spilling the candy on the floor, and eating it “dirty.”

And lastly, your iPhone is a tool you use to set-up appointments,  read emails, take photos of your dear ones, etc. If you want it to stay that way, be sure it’s not left on the couch, or you’ll have to delete 150 plus photos that your daughter thought were artistically pleasing to the eye. (The above photo is a selection of the photos I decided to keep. Perhaps, I’ll create a photo album for Eleanor with them.)

In all honesty, when I look at each of these photos I can’t help but laugh. Having two wee ones can be a challenge, but these are memories that I will cherish always. At the end of the day, no real harm came to Eleanor, and she’s taught me not to sweat the small things.