Time really does fly, especially with a newborn and when you’re getting very little sleep. Would I change it? Hell no.

Axel is my second child. Having a 2nd, 2 years after the first, really does amplify how tired you’ll be. We spoke to many parents before the new arrival and we’d hear things like:-

Oh, it’s only 30% more work. You’ll be fine.

A Dad I spoke to at a wedding

Ha. It’s 30% more work maybe after a few years. Try 300% more.

A work friend

Unless you’re a stay at home Dad, then it’s definitely more than 30%

My wife

So, which is it? Well, I don’t really see it as work but it’s definitely harder. With Zach, if it was a night where he cluster fed, we knew we’d get some good long stints of time in the day when he’d sleep and we could sleep.

Do I look tired? Axel looks happy.

Throw a 2 year old into the mix, who has dropped his daytime nap, and those moments of having a rest in the day vanish. What do I mean? Enter the videos of the time I’d normally be napping..

I may or may not have caught COVID from this outing..

What’s the solution?

I don’t think there is a solution, apart from treasure these moments as they grow up. I can sleep later. Although there are some things we’re doing as a couple to help each other through:-

What are your thoughts? If you have more than one child, how did you manage to get through the whirlwind.

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