The transition to three children has been tough! It is hard to take care of a newborn baby plus two high-energy children with schedules and school and homework and piano lessons and church and everything else.
But you know what? We're surviving, and things are looking better all the time. Here's what's working for me right now.
- Give myself time to heal. I have been trying to get plenty of rest, and I'm starting to feel much better physically than I have in months. It's so great not to be pregnant anymore!
- Take care of myself. Naps and showers are a priority.
- Say yes to help. This is hard for me, but I am getting better with practice.
- Use the slow cooker. I actually don't love the way the slow cooker cooks my food, but it displaces dinner prep time to the morning, which is much, much easier for me. Even putting a casserole in the oven at 5pm sometimes doesn't happen. Dinner is guaranteed when I use the slow cooker.
- Freezer meals. I'm so glad I made some when I was pregnant, and I'm going to try to replenish my supply soon.
- Let some things slide. I can't keep up with everything, so if I don't scrub the bathtub in the next few months, or if the kids spend too much time on the computer while I nap, we will probably live. I have to remind myself that this is temporary.
- Load-a-day laundry. This is still working wonderfully for me, even though I'm not doing it perfectly. Of course now that Baby is here, it's closer to two loads a day.
- Hold Baby as much as possible. Because I like him, and he won't be a baby forever.
- Make extra effort to connect with the older children each day. I feel guilty that I'm not paying as much attention to the older kids lately, but I try to have a talk with them around bedtime and they love the five minutes we spend one on one.
- Ease back into things. Right now I don't feel ready to drive the kids to school each day, but I've made a goal to get them there on their late-start day. Baby steps.