Toddler logic means despite explaining a sleeping baby means more play with Mammy, Arthur wants his baby brother to be part of the action
Two-month-old Louis has taken up a new hobby.
It involves flying helicopters, tooting steam trains and whizzing race cars. It’s watching his toddler brother play. He is firmly under the spell of (almost) three-year-old Arthur.
It is pure joy to watch for the 10 minutes Louis’s concentration lasts (ignoring the terror in the back of my head that the tiny Lego pieces are future choking-hazards).
More than that moment, it has given me hope, that the unique joy of parenting a baby and a toddler (best described as never-ending chaos), will soon evolve.
I am banking all my spare sanity on this period of parenting being like a Charlie McCreevy-style SSIA savings account, with no return for a few years and then a major bonanza. Reward will come in the form of time, from the parenting holy grail of “your children entertaining each other”.
So what is this SSIA challenge for parenting both a small toddler and baby? Speed, Synergies, I (or me me me) and Awwww.
If parenting a baby and toddler were a sport in the Winter Olympics, it would combine the luge (the sleighs can reach 140km/h, about the speed needed to keep up with a toddler) with a quadruple jump in figure skating (much like the deftness required to get a baby to nap). However, it is impossible to do them simultaneously, you will ultimately fail at both and end up sore, exhausted and deflated.