On Being a Mom of Two with Pampers Swaddlers at PublixMay 10, 2017 |Today I’m partnering with Pampers at Publix to share a little about our journey from one child to two as part of their #swaddledinlove campaign. All opinions remain my own and I thank you for supporting brands who support Style Your Senses. It’s been two and a half short weeks…17 days to be exact…since our precious Lawson Grace joined our family and it’s hard to even put into words the experience of having two daughters. I sit here beginning this post and I’m nursing Lawson watching her little newborn eyes flutter to try and stay awake and looking on as Landry plays Barbies in the living room…trying to burn into my memory how her curls look so darling in two little braids as she gets lost in her imagination. I’m fighting back tears because when I stop long enough to soak it all in, I’m flooded with all the feels. To be completely honest with you guys I had NO idea how I would adjust to two kids. I actually all but blocked it out of my mind because the sheer thought of it made me question myself in so many ways. Was I *ready*? Did I have the time to devote to another baby? How could I ever love another baby as much as I love Landry? Quite frankly, our lives had become really really easy with just Landry…she’s self sufficient and fun and sleeps through the night and selfishly I wondered why I wanted to give that all up…And then around 4am on the twenty second of April, Lawson entered my arms and from that moment on I knew that I wouldn’t ever be the same again. It sounds so cliche and crazy, but holding your own baby for the first time is one of the most euphoric and fulfilling feelings that I know I will ever get a chance to understand. I felt my heart grow the minute I laid eyes on her and truly all of my worries dissipated.The next piece of the puzzle would be for Landry to meet her new baby sister. Deep down in my heart, I knew that she would love her immediately and be great, but I also knew that she was worried about ME. She didn’t like the thought of us being apart and especially didn’t understand why I was in the hospital. I didn’t want her to think that the baby caused me any pain or worry, so I wanted to make the meeting super smooth. Little did I know, it would be Pampers Swaddlers that actually made their first meeting one of my favorite moments. Landry came in and wanted to hop right in bed with me. She saw Lawson and was excited to learn her name, but she more or less kept her attention on me. Trying to engage her with the baby, I showed her the blue line on the Pampers Swaddler and told her that meant that she needed a diaper change. Her face lit up…it was something that she could understand. I followed up by telling her that she would be the “diaper watcher” and let me know every time the line changed from yellow to blue. She takes her job VERY seriously and loves being involved in this way.The diaper conversation continued as we transitioned to being at home as a family of 4. I told Landry that she wore the same diapers when SHE was a baby and I showed her how the inside was made in such a way to keep baby Lawson’s hiney dry. As crazy as it sounds, this continued dialogue has really given Landry something to relate to and understand. She feels like she has a job to do and I really make it a point to thank her for all of her hard work in keeping diaper watch.I definitely couldn’t have predicted that diapers would be the thing that made transitioning our family easier but, then again, there are a ton of things that come along with motherhood that I would have never expected…I know that going from one child to two will not always easy or graceful, but I do know that it will be so so worth it. There are a lot of “new normals” around our house and I’d be lying if I told you that I have things even remotely under control, because I certainly don’t. I’m taking it day by day (minute by minute if I’m telling the truth). Monday was a great day. Dan got home late and I had dinner ready and both girls bathed, feeling like I was superwoman. Yesterday, on the other hand, not so great. I felt like I was treading water all day and literally didn’t get one thing done. I cried right when I walked in the door and was in bed for 9pm.I know that we will all find a routine and sync up, but I am trying so hard not to forget to see the beauty of these first few, crazy weeks. I want to remember the sweet newborn smell, the tender moments between her and Landry and the feeling of my heart exploding every time I look in my rearview mirror and see two precious baby girls in my backseat.I haven’t really set any expectations as to how this transition will continue, but I did make one promise to myself and it’s this: Motherhood is such a crazy mix of emotions, but I’ve made a vow to myself not to dwell in the highs OR the lows and to look for those little sweet spots in the middle that we so often take for granted…By not setting expectations for myself and vowing to find joy in the little things, I feel like it better sets me up for success everyday…Tell me, what sets you up for success everyday? I would love to hear how you guys transitioned from one child to two?If you haven’t tried Pampers Swaddlers for your little one, they definitely make my life easier on a daily basis. I know that they do the job, are comfortable for babies to wear and they make it so easy to know when baby needs a change. What makes life even easier?? They are available at Publix, so I can grab them when I do my weekly grocery run. I love a good one-stop-shop, especially for things like diapers which I always need.This is a great time to try Pampers Swaddlers! When you buy any two Pampers Diapers at Publix, you receive a $40 Spa Finder gift card by mail through 5/27 (details). Win for you and baby!Publix is also offering $3 off any Pampers product through 5/27. Redeem that coupon HERE.If you shop at Publix, you should also definitely consider joining their Baby Club for tons of coupons, insights and expert advice.Thank you guys for indulging me in a mama heart post and giving me such grace over here on the blog as I learn all of these new normals. Love you, mean it. This post was sponsored by Pampers at PublixThis is a sponsored conversation written by me on behalf of Publix. 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