Trial period

Michael and I (and Miles too) had our first “second baby trial.”

We watched my nephew Charlie, now about 11-weeks old, for a few hours last night as my sister prepares for the second part of the dreaded three-part CPA test.

We survived with both children making it through the evening and not being sold!

Charlie was an angel… Miles was a bit of a challenge as he has been the last several days. I don’t know if Charlie’s presence contributed to Miles’ fussiness last night or if it was just one of those nights.

He loves “baby Charlie” and even shared one of his Thomas the Tank Engines with the little guy. And he gave him a nice kiss keeping an eye on him throughout the night.

Michael and I switched off a couple of different times; me typically getting the child who was crying and Michael taking over the one I had just soothed.

I pile a messy and fussy Miles into the bathtub and he begins to giggle and smile as he plays with this toys there. I hear wails coming from the living room.

“Switch,” I holler, as Michael and I seamlessly trade places. I calm Charlie just as I hear Miles start to scream, “mom, mom, momma!” in a desperate tone.

“Switch,” I shout over the screaming again.

Overall I said it worked OK; but two kids is definitely a challenge. I knew that before my “trial” Thursday night (and I’ll get an even bigger eye opener when we watch Charlie all day and night next Saturday!) When I see parents juggling kids out and about I empathize seeing how much I struggle with just one sometimes.

And when I think about single moms or dads it makes my head spin! What a challenge. An even bigger “Oh My Gosh” is when I see multiples; I think back to my mom, who was the sole caregiver for my twin sister and I for much of our littler days as my dad was in graduate school and working full time, and think, “How did she ever do it?”

What is your experience with multiple children? What kind of gap in age do you think is ideal?

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