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23 Things No One Tells You About Having A Second Kid

It takes two to make a dream come true.

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1. Getting two kids to look at the camera at the same time is nearly impossible.

Basically, there is no such thing as a perfect family photo.
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Basically, there is no such thing as a perfect family photo.

2. In the beginning, things are more than a little overwhelming.

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3. In fact, not everyone thinks you're up for the challenge.

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4. Your schedule gets a whole lot busier.

You thought your schedule was busy before, but now you have to find a way to cram a whole new life's worth of doctor's visits, classes, and play dates into it.
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You thought your schedule was busy before, but now you have to find a way to cram a whole new life's worth of doctor's visits, classes, and play dates into it.

5. Getting ready to leave the home takes so long that it almost doesn't seem worth leaving at all.

The good news is that with some practice you'll get way better at getting out the door.
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The good news is that with some practice you'll get way better at getting out the door.

6. Diaper changes need to be lightning fast because it's not a good idea to leave your eldest unsupervised for long.

7. You will be feeding people from sunup to sundown. And then, uh, during sundown, too.

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Older kid: "I'm hungry! I'm hungry!"

Baby: "Wah! Wah!"

Your partner: "There anything to eat?"

8. In the daytime. your older kid will wake your baby...

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9. And in the nighttime, your baby will wake your older kid.

Good times all around.
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Good times all around.

10. Also, synchronized naps are a myth.

Do not believe the photo above... It was created by Hollywood special effects.
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Do not believe the photo above... It was created by Hollywood special effects.

11. If you have a boy and a girl, people will ask you if you’re “done,” and if you have two of the same sex people will ask if you’re “going to go for a girl/boy.”

12. Finding a babysitter isn't as easy as it was with one kid.

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Family and friends who were excited to babysit one little person suddenly are a lot less enthusiastic about babysitting two. Babysitters for hire have fewer qualms — but only if you pay them more, of course.

13. Your home will feel like it's never clean, no matter how often you clean.

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It's like you have two little people running around messing it up or something.

14. The laundry piles up way faster than before, too.

So many tiny baby clothes.
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So many tiny baby clothes.

15. If one person in your home gets a cold, you all will get it.

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One cold = a month or more of family fun.

16. You have very little room in your shopping cart for actual groceries.

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17. You've gone from outnumbering your kid to having as many kids in the home as adults.

To survive, you and your partner will often need to split up and play a little one-on-one defense.
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To survive, you and your partner will often need to split up and play a little one-on-one defense.

18. You won't go as "all out" with your second kid as you did your first.

19. And you won't buy the trendy parenting products.

That's a good thing, though. It means you're not new to this parenting gig and know what you do and don't need.
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That's a good thing, though. It means you're not new to this parenting gig and know what you do and don't need.

20. If you want to go on a trip, you should really consider doing it before your little one turns 2.

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Kids under 2 can fly (as lap babies) and get into theme parks like Disneyland absolutely free. After 2, you're going to hear those cash registers ringing.

21. Even if your older kid really likes the baby, they probably will say something like, "When is it going back?" at least once.

Hey, it's an adjustment for all of you.
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Hey, it's an adjustment for all of you.

22. Nothing in the world will ever sound as sweet to you as the sound of your kids laughing together.

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23. And lastly, two kids equals twice the love.

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