Being the mother of a big kid and a little kid has been an incredible experience. After having spent so long as a mother of one, learning that I would soon have another precious hand to hold was a beautiful surprise. Even so, there was a part of me that worried if the adjustment period would be difficult, especially given it had been several years since diaper changes and late night feedings were parts of my daily routine.
Today, watching my girls together is a gift that keeps on giving. And I honestly wouldn’t have it any other way. I look at them and wonder why I even expended energy worrying because clearly, the two of them were meant to be. I continue to be in awe of their love for one another and the fact that they are uninhibited by their eight-year age difference.
With the addition of another member to our family, life as we knew it did change, but it has been for the better. As our children grow, there has been some fine tuning and adjusting, but so far I’ve found 10 things to be extremely helpful in navigating mornings and evenings with a big kid and a little kid. Here’s what helped our family adjust to life with children who are further apart in age than most: