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For moms with more than 1 - how much harder did you find it was to balance work and life after having your 2nd babe? Any tips? Was it better or worse than you thought it would be to manage? Did work suffer (more than the 1st) when you went back?
Our kids will also be sharing a small room (8 1/2 by 12) from when they're the ages of ~ 3 1/2 and 3 months...
One saving grace - DH and I work long hours that no daycare can accommodate, so we have to have a babysitter full time in our home (live out) - the same AMAZING person we've had for 2 1/2 years, so hopefully that's a good starting point!
I can't offer you sage advice because we still just have the one, but I wanted to offer congratulations and good luck.
Smart I think, having a live out babysitter situation. I think if we had two, I'd go back to that set up. It certainly made working a heck of a lot less stressful than I have it now with her at preschool.
Are you forced to having them share a room? I think that's what I'd find challenging. a 3.5 year old with a 3 month old may prove to be too much through the middle of the night when the baby wakes up frequently. But if you're able to manage it and your 3 year old is a heavy sleeper, I'm all for making sure they get their kid space and maintaining a mommy/daddy space.
Becky, mommy to my Monkey Pie, Maggie (June 10, 2010)