New to Two: holds a very special place in my heart for two reasons. My daughter turned two this year and we welcomed our second child into the world. One child is busy. But TWO is triple the busy.
I had found a perfect rhythm with Luna Belle, we had a great schedule and spent a lot of time together before Sebastian came. But Sebastian was induced four weeks early, because I had a very low platelets (which can cause excessive bleeding during birth). I was in tears when I found out that I was going to be induced because I wanted to stay at home as long as possibly to increase comfort. I was crying thinking of the possibility my son could be premature and have to go to the NICU. But the birth went quickly and smoothly. Sebastian was born May 31, and was 7’6. Luna Belle’s birth was a bit rocky since she had trouble breathing for three minutes, but Sebastian came out wailing which was a huge relief of anticipation! I feel so lucky to be able to tell this story, and hold my children everyday. I cherish every moment I spend with them (the good and the bad).
I didn’t know what to expect when Sebastian was born. I had no idea how Luna would react and I was afraid that she would feel second best to the small baby now stealing mommy’s attention. When we first came home from the hospital she had stayed at my in-laws for the previous two days and was so confused. I stayed the hospital less than 24 hours after Sebastian was born just so we could be home with Luna. She was pretty upset for the first hour we were home, and she literally cried the first fifteen minutes. But she quickly turned into my biggest helper. I indulged her cries for attention when she wanted to be held like a baby, I held her like a baby. I don’t like to use the word “big” sister, I just called her the best sister! I want her to feel equally important to Sebastian, and not feel it is her responsibility to care for him but jump for joy when she does get to help with a diaper change or picking his clothes for the day. She loves her brother and I am so excited to see the bond they form. I want to nurture their relationship and help them find that having a sibling is one of the greatest gifts there is.
My daughter, Luna Belle, just turned two on June 22nd. She had a great party with her friends and family, and got lots of gifts to match her spicy personality some sunglasses, bubbles, and a sweet bright red tricycle.
I knew the day would come when I would look at my darling baby girl and no longer saw a baby but a little girl. Whelp, that day has come.
The past few months her vocabulary has gone from ten words to any word I say… she repeats.. five times. She now knows the location of popsicles, markers, and all other items I make an attempt to keep hidden. She remembers where I put my car keys, shoes, and always has her eye on my cell phone for a quick snatch anytime my attention waivers. Since her enlightenment of the world has bloomed so has her understanding of the things she can do, like climb, jump, somersaults, unlocking doors, locking doors, and most of all the “snack cabinet”
Her view of the world is so beautiful and always keeps me laughing. A frequent phrases is “Mommy! WOOK!” Needless to say there is never a dull moment in this house, especially since our son was born two months ago. Luna now has the task of “big” sister. She loves her brother, and always asking ” Bash hold me?” but also struggling with her own need for attention.
The wonderful world of being a Toddler is always joked about, the terrible twos. The more Luna learns the more she battles against me. “One more” is after every sentence, and she doesn’t take no for an answer. So my new strategy is to give her two options of my choosing. Read books or go to bed? Take a bath or take a nap? Go inside or Sit and eat your lunch at your picnic table? It works for the most part, but we are struggling with nap, mealtimes, and bedtime. She has so much energy that she never wants to sleep or eat. Which are two things toddlers in my opinions need the most!
I have a feeling this battle has just begun. Watching her grow and learn is like seeing the world for the first time. My heart fills with joy when her response to things are “ohh WOW”. Her expressions are priceless and always changing, and in the past month knows most of the ABC’s, colors, can count, tell her full name and love it ” WUNA” still counts right? How amazing it is to view the world through your child’s eyes.
To Luna Belle: I love you. My heart is forever yours, no matter your age.