Although it feels normal, things changed when we went from 2 to 3 kids. It's not just the responsibility of keeping your eye on 3 little people at once making sure no on falls off a couch, or gets put in a headlock, or swallows Elsa's microscopic removable shoe (why would you do that, Disney?). It feels like a lot less time. Less gets accomplished during the day, and therefore gets pushed into nights and weekends. And not all of that is related to having 3 kids. Part of it is related to having a newborn, period. But still, things are busy and time is tight. This is what we are working with these days...
Maybe we are slow to figure it out, but I thought Greg was genius to realize this. We make both girls' lunches each night even for non-school days. Whenever we have a morning outing we get home at the peak time of everyone's neediness (is that a word?) and hunger (mine too). It helps tremendously when I can pull out the lunches in seconds and begin nursing Colton while trying to shove food in my mouth.
Weekend Errands and Online Shopping
I buy many more items online these days. Although I still haven't tried Amazon Now, I do use Prime all the time. I also buy many things from Target and I do a lot of clothes shopping online too. I try to do my big grocery trip on the weekend by myself, and save additional smaller grocery trips for during the week with the kids.
Blonde hair, don't care
I am trying to stop highlighting my hair. WHOA. Since I don't have any kid-free time during the week to make hair appointments, I have to do them on weekends. But that is precious family time. I hate having 3 hr long appointments that cost me an arm and a leg (or about 8 boxes of diapers, ha!), just to have my roots grown out 3 weeks later. So I am attempting to go back to my natural color but am worried I will hate it. I think I will slowly fade in low lights. We'll see how this goes.
More kids = more coffee
If I made a graph of the number of kids we have compared to my coffee consumption there would be a direct correlation. Before Cambry, I drank coffee only at work. I never made it at home. I don't think I even knew how to use our coffee machine. After I had Cambry I drank coffee, but I don't think it was every day. After Lainey I drank coffee ERRY day. Now after Colton it is often twice a day (although I don't do full caf). I really need to start buying it from Costco.
At the beginning of this year I had to stop blogging for Houston Moms Blog. I had no extra time to do it and felt like I hardly had any time for my own blog. I still feel like I have no time for my own blog but I do try to keep up with it. I've never been interested in making my blog into a business, and I don't need a lot of followers and readers. I know some family and friends read it but the main reason I blog is for me. It is my journal/scrapbook for our family's memories. I would hardly remember anything without this. I love going back and reading past blogs or remembering a family vacation through pictures or how things were with Greg and I before we had kids (what was that like??). Just recently I read a day in the life post I had written when Cambry was just a few months old. I wrote about how I would put her in the bouncer in the bathroom while I showered and then blow dry my hair while she napped. Hahahaha. I would never attempt those things during the kids' waking hours now, cause #aintnobodygottimeforthat (see also: cloth diapering, homemade baby food, and sanitized baby toys).
I'm sure there are more changes to our new normal that I am not thinking of now. But I haven't slept through the night in 5 months so it's hard to think. But life is GOOD. And I am thankful.
Can anyone guess who piled all these toys on him?
It starts with an L and ends with an AINEY.
Chewing on the same toy at the same time.
Watch out buddy Brooks, she is coming in with a kiss from the side.
Nightly shenanigans where they both lay down and begin rodeo kicking.