February 9, 2015

Surviving Life with a Newborn and Toddler, Part 4

We've finally reached the conclusion (for now) of this four-part series. As you go forth and enter the battle, may the odds be ever if your favor.

Read parts one, two, and three to catch up.

1. Schedule laundry. Washing, drying and folding clothes, linens and towels for a family of four threaten to outdo Mommy at every turn. Having a system, such as a hamper for each person, set day for each person's laundry to be washed and then put away and another for rags, towels and sheets work wonders. Bonus points if the system means not doing every single person's laundry weekly.

Rice and beans today or no?
2. Back up dinner. Toddlers are finicky little things. One day the chicken cacciatore may be her favorite, the next it's persona (food?) non grata. Ditto pretty much every food and recipe, other than dessert, that Mommy could possibly think up. What's Super Mom to do? Why, keep quick meals on hand to serve in a pinch, of course! Those back up chicken nuggets, peanut butter sandwiches and nitrate and nitrite free low-fat lunch meats come in handy.

3. Speedy foods for mom. There may not always be often isn't time for Mommy to eat. Just as she's about to sit down, the baby cries or the toddler screams. A cabinet and fridge with quick-to-grab-and-eat foods can save Mommy from passing out from hunger. Cheese slices or sticks, granola bars, meal bars, yogurt packets, nuts, trail mix, hummus, and other healthy, energy boosting snacks are yummy and cheap.

This is the mess when I was awake.


4. Ignore stupid comments about sleeping when baby does. When Mommy has a newborn and toddler, there is no sleeping when the baby does as the toddler would then wreck the house, Mommy would never eat, and nothing would ever get done. People who say this have obviously never experienced it, were really lucky, or had a nanny. That, or they're lying.

5. Two-Cart Errands. Shopping with two kids is hard. Especially when Mommy ends up with very little cart space between the toddler in front and baby in back in an infant seat. What's a Mommy to do? Why, take advantage on Daddy's days off to do errands. That way, Mommy can have two carts--one for kids, one for stuff. Or she can leave the kids with Daddy and go alone, or just take the toddler for some one-on-one girls' day fun.


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18 comments:

  1. Oh my yes every songle one of these!!! I feel like I never eat, but really it's I never eat properly which is just as bad!

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  2. Really great tips! My mom had me and my sister really close to each other so this would have been really helpful for her!

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  3. I need to start scheduling my laundry... that is a great idea!

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  4. Love the lists! I haven't mastered the pushing of two carts yet, and I have three kids! I sucked it up and paid amazon fresh!

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  5. I think Back Up Dinner is briliant! I've been caught with no alternative options and fussy kids and it leaves me frustrated and scrambling!

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  6. Love it I know the story all too well! Especially the sleeping I've got the added bonus that if ones asleep generally one of the other two is still awake!! :/

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  7. I remember taking a few naps when I had one newborn but never with two. I've started going to the store early on the weekend or late at night.

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  8. Nice tips definitely scheduling and planning is the name of the game =)

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  9. great advice! I agree about having to schedule laundry(Among other things). I actually have used an app called "motivated mom" to help with that stuff. It's not free but I think it was worth it. There ma even be a similar free one out there somewhere but I'm not sure

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  10. Great tips, I like the one about the different hampers for each person. I remember those days!

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  11. More often than not when the baby was sleeping I caught up on house work and stuff. Now and then I would sleep but not often. These are great tips!

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  12. Great tips! I have used many of these myself and can say that these really do work as opposed to the other advice you often get when having kids.

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  13. I like the idea of waiting until dad's home to shop. That does open up different options.

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  14. Great lists to make sure we are done. Scheduling laundry is something I have done always. I agree it is always better to ignore the stupid comments about sleeping when baby does, as they might have never experienced such scenario or might have had a nanny to help.

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  15. Good advuce. Shopping with daddy is good.

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  16. Great tips, sleep is something you lose a ton of during the younger years; but it is totally worth it! :D

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  17. Very inspiring, this are one of the reason why I am so proud to all moms out there.

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  18. Love these ideas so much. Such a great series.

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