There are two families at our church who both have two daughters who are the same age apart as Ellie & Josie (Around 18.5 months) and they both told us, "The first six months are the hardest." They both also said how they have loved having their girls so close in age. (The girls are now middle school aged so they would know I guess :) Noah and I reminded each other of this many times when the days got crazy. "We're still in the first six months : ) We expected this to be hard!"
When Josie was born, Ellie was JUST learning to walk and could do almost NOTHING for herself. Yet, it wasn't like having twins... as a newborn and an 18 months daily lives look VERY different! It was a big adjustment! It has been a challenging season, but a very sweet one as well!
Add to the normal "life with two under two" Josie is our little spit up queen... She is finally starting to slow down some, but I'm not exaggerating when I say for her first six months of life she spit up after every feeding, every side, nearly every hour, ALL OF THE TIME! I don't think 24 hours ever went by when I didn't do a load of laundry to keep up on burpcloths for her! It never seemed to bother her or make her cry, but it was constant. She somehow managed to spit up in such a way that I would have to change my entire outfit after some feedings... right down to my underwear! Talk about hard to keep up!
Looking back we have come along way. In the midst of the chaos I have truly done my best to focus on the girls and enjoy them, as they grow up far too fast! We are know proud to say we have a six month darling who is learning so much and gives the best giggles! and a 2 year old "helper" who is incredibly verbal. We have two healthy, beautiful little girls and we are very grateful!
Now here's to the next many, many years :)