We are officially two months postpartum give or take a few weeks and finally... finally finding our rhythm. Jessamyn has turned back into the beautiful, wonderful almost three year old she is instead of the crazy attention seeking one she was when Ophelia first came home and I am finally emerging from that half awake state that is those first few months postpartum to find that life is beautiful with two and a new appreciation for the place our family is in now.
It is funny how different being the mother of two is... I thought when I had Jessamyn that I would be able to do everything I had done before just with a tiny side kick and for the most part was right. I didn't know what to expect with a second and was honestly a little nervous and am finding that it is different. The leap from one to two is pretty big, in that the attention I was able to give to Jessamyn is now divided and even more so because Ophelia is so new and requires a lot more right now than she probably ever will from me.
One thing that has really helped my sanity during this time has been our Owlet Smart Sock 2. This sock that I mentioned in my post about our Top Three Second Baby Essentials is a sock that you put on your baby's foot that will notify you if your baby’s heart rate or oxygen fall outside the preset zones. it connect to an app on your phone as well as a base station that will notify you if there is a change in heart rate or oxygen. This item was gifted to us and this post is sponsored but I honestly have to say the smart sock has been amazing and given me so much more peace of mind than I would have had without it.
Now I can put Ophelia down for a nap or go to bed at night and have a little more peace and a little more reassurance that I will be notified if something changes or if she needs me. The app is pretty awesome too (It has a blue tooth range from the base of 100 feet between the smart sock and the base) in that it will tell you if your baby is wiggling... so basically I can put her down and check on her without going in and risking waking her up.
Another thing I have found that has made all the difference with two is doing things together... rather than telling Jessamyn to wait when she wants to do something that I either can't do because I am busy with Ophelia or that just can't be done with Ophelia I have been trying to find activities we can all three do together. Sometimes this looks like asking Jessamyn to read Ophelia a story or color a picture for Ophelia or me, or anything along those lines that Jessamyn can do independently but still present with me.
I also have been trying to make a point to spend special time with Jessamyn when Ophelia is napping which is another reason the Owlet Smart Sock 2 comes in handy because I can really focus my attention on Jessamyn and whatever we are doing together. Ben has also played a huge role during this time as Jessamyn has grown really attached to him (I mean she always was but even more so) now that Ophelia is here. They will do things together while I am feeding Ophelia and that has really helped in finding our new normal and making the adjustment for everyone better.
So that is really where we are at. Learning, finding time, and growing as a family of four which is not easy but is definitely beautiful. I would love to hear what has helped you in the transition from one to two? OR if you have any questions about the Owlet Smart Sock 2 please leave them below!