Two under two – Celebrating Christmas

Have you ever celebrated Christmas with a family with two kids under two? If not: It can be a real adventure, give it a try!

Christmas is a wonderful time – a time of rest and peace in the family, a time of spiritual growth, a time of fine food, a time of coziness and recreation. However, Christmas sure looks a little different for a family with little kids.

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Let’s talk about rest and peace in the family first. Peace is actually not the problem, because a baby and a toddler hardly fight with each other. Rest is a completely different story though… But honestly: Who wants rest when you have the possibility to spend Christmas with two little blessings, two miracles, two miracles who are very active and very lively. It’s demanding, but it’s also a lot of fun.

Spiritual growth sure takes place, but maybe not the way we originally anticipated: We hardly have the time to ponder theological questions, however, there is more than enough time to marvel at all those little miracles that cross our path every day. And that’s definitely worth it.

There is definitely a lot of fine food at Christmas – however, there is only very little time to enjoy it. Although both kids are diapered just before the meal, Mom and Dad will spend a whole lot of time rocking the baby to sleep because all of a sudden she is awfully tired, changing the toddler because she spilled some of that fine food all over her fine clothes, running to the bathroom again because the toddler or the baby or  both kids need to get diapered again, changing oneself and the baby because she suddenly felt like vomitting… Mealtimes are always chaotic in families with two kids under two, but who really cares? Fine food is still fine food, even though it’s chaotic.

After all Christmas with two kids under two may not be a whole lot of recreation, it is a lot of fun and in way it can also be cozy.

Merry Christmas!

Two under two – bedtimes=bad times?

Life can be like a roller coaster ride with two kids under two – it can be fun, frustrating and scary at the same time. There are so many precious moments that you treasure in your heart for the rest of your life, and there are those moments that can really be a challenge.

One of those challenging moments can be bedtime. In the best case one of the kids is already asleep – most likely the baby – and the toddler is so tired that it doesn’t take long to sing him to sleep. In the worst case both kids are awake and crying. So what strategies are there to handle bedtimes? How do we as a family handle bedtimes?

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When we are both at home Mom takes the baby and Dad sings the toddler to sleep. Most of the time that works really well for us, except for when the toddler doesn’t really feel like sleeping although she is more than tired. However, that only works at night, afternoon nap is another story…

Throughout the day Mom is at home with the kids and Dad is at work, so Mom has to find a solution for afternoon naptime on her own. Sometimes she allows the toddler to play until the baby falls asleep before she puts her to bed. Often that works really well, but sometimes the toddler is so tired that Mom needs to put her to bed while the baby is still awake – and tired. So she found a really unique solution for moments like this: She takes both kids to Mom’s and Dad’s bed, holds them in her arms and tries to rock both kids to sleep at the same time. That sounds weird and it sure looks weird, but somehow it works.

Besides: A big helper for crazy bedtimes is the baby hammock. The baby loves her baby hammock, so Mom can put her there while she sings the toddler to sleep.

And Mom has another emergency solution for really bad bedtimes: In moments when both kids are crying and there is just no way of handling the situation Mom puts the baby in her baby sling walking and dancing through the home hoping she will fall asleep. At the same time she triesto take the toddler with her on her tour around the home singing songs to both children. Sometimes those songs calm the kids down, but in case they don’t they sure calm Mom down. As soon as the baby is asleep Mom takes the toddler to bed singing and rocking her to sleep while the baby remains in her baby sling.

Strategies that work for bedtimes with two kids under two are often uncomfortable, unique and sometimes even a little crazy – and so is life with a baby and a toddler. And at the same time it is so precious and an everyday adventure.

 

 

Two under two – our new series on Living a Catholic Fairy Tale

Two under two – an introduction

 

Life is changing – always and in every moment. Life can be challenging, life can be painful and life can be so beautiful. And sometimes it is just everything at the same time.

But how is life with two kids under two?

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Is it possible to find a good solution for one of those moments when both kids are crying? How do you make enough time to play with your older child? How do you survive Holy Mass with two kids under two? Is there any chance to have just a few minutes to yourself?

If that sounds interesting to you you’re more than welcome to follow our new series “Two under two”. And be assured: There is definitely no way to handle all those challenges without God’s grace!

Do you need encouragement? #2

“For God did not give us a spirit of cowardice but rather of power and love and self-control.”

~ 2 Timothy 1:7

The Bible tells us that God gives us everything we need. Sometimes we feel we want more than He actually gives us or something different because He doesn’t answer all our wishes the way we think He should.

We know we should be thankful but sometimes we’re not. Sometimes we ask ourselves what it actually means, that God gives us everything we need. In those times we can come to 2 Timothy 1:7 to remind ourselves what it is that we really need.

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God gives us a spirit of power and love and self-control. And that is what we really need in our day and age! God knows how easy we get discouraged and distracted, He knows how often we feel weak and angry, and He also knows all of our weaknesses.

And for that reason He offers us hope, because He loves us. He gives us a spirit of power and love and self-control because He knows how weak we feel. And He knows that this is exactly what we need.