In one week Anniston will be turning one. And as I reflect on this past year, I can’t help but think about how it all started. My husband and I, parents to a thirteen-month-old, about to have a newborn, so excited to give Juliet a little sister, but knowing that it was going to be difficult, exhausting, and totally worth it.
Last Sunday we celebrated my sister, and the baby girl she is going to have in the next few weeks. As one of four girls, with two girls of my own, I could not be more excited to welcome another a little girl into the family. I honestly don’t know what we all would do if one of us had a boy. Girls are our thing.
Have you seen Juliet’s hair?
She’s two years old and already has better hair than I do.
Up until recently, I was still using an all-in-one shampoo and conditioner on her and her sister during bath time. But with as much hair as she has, it is really fine and tangles easily, so I decided it was time for an upgrade. I came across a line of baby products by Beautycounter that I just had to try.
I haven’t actually been doing monthly updates for Anniston’s first year, but this past month was a big one, so she earned it.
As I have mentioned numerous times, Anniston could not be more different from her big sister. She is a little more serious. A little more sensitive. She is happiest being held, still. She wants my attention at all times. She gets bored very easily and doesn’t enjoy playing alone. She hates to sleep and almost never naps. Those bags under her eyes in almost every picture, those are real, people. She has got to be exhausted by now. Eleven months and I can almost count the amount of naps she has taken on two hands.
As I write this post I am sitting here in shock over how fast this past year has gone. I started this so-called-blog about eight months ago, and gosh, eight months ago I was sitting at home, struggling to manage the day-to-day life with a 15 month old and a 2 month old.
Not going to lie or try to fool anyone into thinking I have everything figured out, but things are so different, yet still somewhat the same, with a now almost 2 year old and a ten month old.
I am still wrestling with a baby that hates to nap, chasing crazy Juliet all over the house, and trying to find time, even if it is just an hour, for myself, my sanity, and this blog.
What I can say is that it does get easier. Possibly because you just get used to it. Used to the constant chaos, the cries, the sibling fights that are already happening, the lack of sleep, lack of alone time.
Or maybe it is because it all becomes more worth it.
You now get two hugs, two kisses, two sisters that love each other so much that they are sad when the other is sleeping, two little girls that cry when it is not their turn to dance with their mommy around the house, two precious girls that have the absolute sweetest smiles, two hands that reach for yours every single day.
As I mentioned, Anniston is now 10 months old. She is crawling at the speed of light (seriously, she can be clear across the house and still manage to get to the refrigerator before I can open it, pour myself a glass of iced tea and close it again), she is cruising easily, and as of yesterday, she took her first two steps with out holding on to anything. She is now attached to Juliet’s side at all times, which does not always go over well with my Jules, and she is grabbing at and playing with any toy that Juliet had first.
Juliet is turning two this weekend, and I could not be more in awe of the little girl she is becoming. She is so full of love, laughter, energy (which can sometimes be confused with craziness), and light. She is obsessed with everything princess, her crowns, her shoes, and her little princess figurines that she has now named Mommy Cinderella, Juliet Rapunzel, and Anniston Sleeping Beauty. She wants to spend every minute she can outside walking, playing, and running. And she loves so hard. She gives the biggest and best hugs. She holds on so tight you just never want to let go.
And that is exactly how I feel right now. I just never want to let go of this time. The time that Anniston is ten months old and Juliet is almost 2. I know it keeps getting better, but can it really get better than this?
Okay, so I may not have it all together, but as a mom to two under two, there are a few things I have figured out. So I’ve decided to start a new series called Things You Need Thursday, to let you in on a few secrets that make my life a little easier, or sometimes just a little prettier.
The reason for starting this series? Oh, just the absolute best bath time find ever!
When Anniston was born, bath time became one of the most time-consuming and tiring activities in our house. With two baths per night, it felt like it took us almost two hours to get through all of the washing, drying, brushing, lotioning (that’s not a word), changing, screaming, crying, and all else that bath time entails. Anniston started sitting up at 5 months, and soon after that, my husband went on one of his work trips. I was left to handle bath time alone, for a week. I remembered that I had purchased a bath seat when Juliet was born that I never used but stored safely in a closet with a million other baby gadgets I just never got around to figuring out. I pulled the bath seat out and decided to give it a try. Two girls, one bath, could it be that easy?
It wasn’t just easy, it was life-changing.
The Keter Sitting Hammock is one of the best items I have ever purchased. Not only is this a total game changer for moms of two, but if your a new mom and your little one is a mover or you are sick of your infant tub, boom, the Sitting Hammock is here for you. It is so much easier to clean than scrubbing down an infant bath tub, and it takes up way less space, making it easier to store under the sink.
Anniston is so wiggly and always trying to lunge forward and crawl, so this seat is the perfect solution to allowing her to sit up while still sitting safely above the water. It gives her plenty of room to bend down and reach for toys that Juliet may have dropped, and it also lets her move a little to play with big sis. Great for her, but even better for me! I knock out bath time in a little less than thirty minutes now, and I think we are all a little happier about that.
The seat suctions to the bottom of your tub, so you don’t have to worry about your child floating away, but it does not protect your little ones from getting water poured on their heads by older siblings. Just saying.
So, do yourself a favor, and pick up one of these seats if you’re in need of a smoother, shorter bath time routine.
Side note: We have a winner! The winner of the ShopPinkBlush Giveaway for a $75 gift card is @kshark1027!