HOW TO COPE WITH 2 UNDER 4

2 Kids under 4! If someone had told me 5 years ago I would have two kids under 4 I would have thought they were bloody mental! 
5 Years ago I was fresh out of university, degree in the bag & ready to start on many an adventure… just not the adventure’s I thought they would be! Children had always been on the cards – just not as soon as I thought, Mini Meldrum was a wonderful surprise… and having my world opened up to life with kids quickly made me realise that’s what I was born to do! I had found my niche! Career driven, highly motivated work-aholic I was not… baby group loving, kid entertaining, fun mum I was! 
I quickly went from being thrown into motherhood at the deep end to knowing I wanted another child, a play mate for Safiyah & gorgeous bundle to love in the not so distant future. 
2 years 10 months after Safiyah was born, Florence arrived. We now have a 3 year 8 month old & a 9 month old & life could not be more wonderful. Busy, hectic, messy, stressful, hard work & sometimes utterly soul destroying yes… but also wonderful, rewarding, heartwarming & exciting. 
Here are my top tips on coping with 2 under 4! 
1. ALLOW MORE TIME
E.V.E.R.Y.T.H.I.N.G takes more time with two! Getting out the door is probably the most stressful part of the day… bottles, changes of clothes, sun cream, winter hats yes we take both… we live in Scotland & never know what season we will be faced with, food, entertainment junk, medicine pouch, nappies, wipes, snacks… you name it, it’s probably in my bag… you can call me Mary fecking Poppins! Shoe’s go missing, things get forgotten & teeth need brushing! It’s a battle & a half but I’m mostly always on time! 
2. GET OUT OF THE HOUSE
1 child is pretty easy to entertain in the house… 2 not so much. Get out, meet people, go to the park, go to baby groups, go for a walk, TALK TO ADULTS, just get yourself out & about!
3. KEEP ON TOP OF THE HOUSEWORK
Or get a cleaner! Just whatever you do keep on top of it! Easier said than done, but it really is essential to not get bogged down with dishes, washing & general house chores… I by no means have a spotless house & may have become somewhat selective when it comes to the clothes I iron, but I really do try to keep on top of everything – finding the time to do everything as and when it’s needed is hard enough so don’t make things harder for yourself by letting it build up… but seriously get a cleaner if it’s within your means… if you are a lovely friend to a pregnant person – ditch the cute baby gifts & get them a cleaner for a few weeks, if you are one of my lovely friends – please take note for any potential future children!!!
4. HAVE ONE ON ONE TIME
Make sure you spend plenty of quality time with each child, nap times are not for catching up on Big Brother ahem they are for spending quality time with your eldest child, re-connect, play games & converse lots, your not the only one who is adapting & learning to cope with less time… your precious first born is also learning to share their special Mummy time – so make the time count. 
5. HAVE ME TIME
This is something I am still working on, take up a hobby, meet the girls for lunch/dinner/ make time for YOU…and your significant other… couple time is important – so is time with your friends… you will become resentful if you don’t have a little Me time every now and then… or worse the little ‘Me’ time you get will be spent getting highly inebriated & regretting it. every. single. time! 
Do you have two young kiddies, what are your coping mechanisms?


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