It didn’t even occur to me that this would be a big deal. I’m pretty independent. Actually, I’m too independent for my own good. So when the husband told me he needed to go away for business, I wasn’t even concerned.
I woke up day one, nursed the baby and got the kindergartner ready for school. The daytime was a cinch since it was only Little Bean and I. Frankly, I enjoyed our alone time as normally I’m juggling too much with everyone else around.
Then the ball dropped.
The bus dropped off my older son.
Five year olds are tough. Not in the same way babies are, of course. They need more attention in a different sort of way.
From the moment he stepped off the bus until bed time, the boy did not stop talking. Don’t get me wrong, I LOVE it. We chat about everything and anything under the sun. Considering there will be a time in the near future were he won’t want to bother with boring old Mom, I try to soak it up.
It’s SO hard to do when you are sleep deprived and adjusting to a new baby.
I find myself just yes-ing him to death without really hearing what he’s saying. I know that’s bad but my brain simply cannot process the babble of a 5 year old at the moment.
By the second night, I was done juggling an over talkative kindergartner and the needs of a newborn.
I was seriously finished.
I took for granted having another adult in the house to simply TALK with. Not to mention having no one to hand off the baby to or help divert the attention of the 5 year old was challenging to say the least.
Honestly, I don’t know how single parents do it and I was raised by one!
Any advice for this new mom of two? How do you juggle the needs of your older kids when adjusting to a second child?