If you’re exhausted with your first child you simply sleep when they sleep. I did that a lot when Elizabeth was a newborn. She didn’t sleep for longer than 2 or 3 hour increments (including over night) until she was over 8 months old; sleeping is not this girl’s forte. I occasionally napped when she napped when she was a little older until she was sleeping through the night at about 8.5 months old. Spring to now, infrequently do I have a day where Elizabeth and Alodia sleep simultaneously, but fortunately Alodia is an angel of sleep; as I write this Elizabeth is gallivanting with her cymbals and Alodia has slept soundly just 2 yards away.
Where things concerning parenting multiples become more complicated is when I’m dealing with them in public by myself. (I praise those parents who have more children than they have hands.) A 16 month old’s temper tantrum in the grocery store is much easier to handle without a 1 month old strapped to my chest. I look forward to a year from now when Alodia is 1 and Elizabeth 2, and they both have fits together, it’ll be a great time. I’m still working out the best system to transport both children from the house to the car as Elizabeth hasn’t quite mastered how to go down concrete steps yet therefore I have to make trips, but considering all potential issues, I’ll gladly accept making 2 trips from my house to my car for my children. I would carry them out together and let E wander around the flower bed and driveway but it’s cold and since she doesn’t wear her coat in the car seat I don’t put it on her until we arrive at our destination.
Seeing Elizabeth and Alodia interact together is one of the most heartwarming things in the entire universe. Alodia will smile at Elizabeth, and Elizabeth will pet, talk to, and help burp Alodia. I’m so excited to see these girls grow together and interact more as they develop.