So, I have had many of you ask me, when do you have time to "do it all?" You know like manage a household with 3 little munchkins, cook, clean, nurse, wipe booties, make crafts, be a wife, and blog? It is not always easy, and everyday is not perfect, but I have a few hard set rules that allow us to survive.
The biggest key to my success is the 7pm bedtime routine. Yes, that may seem early to many, but it is a lifesaver!! I put all the girls down at this time (sarah even earlier sometimes). We brush teeth, go potty, read and pray. The girls know that even if they aren't totally sleepy they can stay in their beds and read. This is just one thing I won't budge on, having a quite house by 7:30 pm. Mind you, it is not always perfect, sometimes there is a crying child, or we are out late, or we just decided on a movie night, but we make it happen as much as possible.
This time is key for me, it allows me to clean, read, watch tv, shower, blog and just simply be with my husband. I need this time to decompress, to have separate from my children. I need to to be with my husband, to help keep our marriage strong. I LOVE my children with all of my heart, but everyone needs a little time to themselves, just to regenerate. This time helps me to be a better mother, I get more rest, I get a bit of time to relax and it helps me to start the next day off on a better foot.
If you get one piece of parenting advice ever from me, just let it be this: Make sure to make TIME FOR YOURSELF!
We are blessed with having great sleepers!
I have no idea how Maya is sleeping like this
Just so you know, I do still feed Sarah one more time at night (around 9ish) but then put her right back to sleep, she is only 5 months old
The second key to my success is, starting the day with the girls at 7:30am. I get up at 7 (hopefully, on most days and have 30 minutes to myself) and the girls are up at 7:30 (yes, all 3) and here is how I do it:
Sarah is just a really good baby and gets up at 7:30am or later. This is what she is used to, we have her on a routine/schedule (I know not everyone agrees with routines, but it is wonderful for our family), I know what she needs, I know when she is hungry and when she is tired (I have used a great book to help guide me), this makes my life so much easier!
For Maya & Norah, they are pretty used to waking up anywhere between 7 and 7:45am, if they wake up at 7am, they aren't allowed to come out of their room until 7:30. You might ask, how do you keep them in their room until 7:30? Well we have this wonderful app on an iphone called Mr. Moonlight. It has a picture of a moon during the "sleeping hours" and when the sun comes up on the phone (7:30am) they are allowed out of their rooms, one of the best $3 we have ever spent! If you don't have an iphone, other smart phones might have a similar app or you can also buy a kids alarm clock that "wakes up."
I don't make this unreasonable. For example, my girls are not waking up at 6am and forced to stay in their room for 1.5 hours. The time is set for an time close to when they normally wake up, it just helps for more consistency on the days they are up a bit early.
Is this 100% full proof and perfect everyday, no, but most days it is, and most is what I need. I certainly know that this is not for everyone, each person has their own ways of "making it" but these are 2 things that help us during this time with 3, 3 and under.
What are your survival methods?