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March 30, 2015

What It's Like

Newborn Snuggles
Newborn Snuggles
Before we had Mary, I wondered what it would be like to have three kids. Would it be a good family dynamic? Would I have the energy to parent three little ones? Was there enough caffeine in the world to accomplish this task? Now that our littlest one is just over four weeks old, I'm feeling like I'm starting to get my feet underneath me just in the daily grind of life and I wanted to write about the things that have helped me keep my sanity with all of the sleepless nights we've had over the last month!

One of the biggest things that has made a difference in how I feel about my day is setting small goals and accomplishing something. Lately, that's looked like checking projects off of my to-do list like going through our baby boy clothes and separating out what I want to keep and what will be donated. It's also looked like picking up and cleaning our entryway or even something as simple as emptying the dishwasher and keeping my kitchen from becoming a pig sty. I've found that if I can accomplish a few things throughout the day, I feel like things have been a success, even if I'm running on no sleep and feel like I'm about to drop!

Another thing that has made me feel more human during this transition has been to get out of the house regularly. Mary and I can often be found wandering the aisles of our local Target mecca in the mornings which has been a great way to get out and about while we are waiting for the rest of the snow to melt. This week should be a bit warmer around these parts so we're hoping to be able to get outside and enjoy some fresh air too.

Finally, I've found that taking a few minutes for myself makes a huge difference in managing the day to day surprises that life throws our way. In the mornings, I take the time to shower and get ready for my day instead of rocking sweats and a ponytail because it makes me feel ready to tackle the day. Truth be told, some days it takes well over an hour until I'm ready for the day since I'm often interrupted to referee a disagreement between the older two kids or to accommodate Mary's need to nurse as soon as I pick up my toothbrush. Regardless, it's time well-spent if it makes me feel human!

Honestly, there are days that I wish I could go back to being a first-time mom with all of the wisdom I've accumulated over the last five years. I feel like I would be so much more prepared for the late-night blowouts and impromptu public diaper changes if I had known then what I know now, including the things that make transitioning to life with a new child so much easier! Now that I'm three kids into this parenting gig, I'm realizing what's important in daily life and what can fall by the wayside (spoiler alert: it's usually my laundry pile). But as long as my wee ones are fed, clothed, and loved, the day can be counted as a success. It's just an extra bonus if there are no dirty dishes on the counter and if I've seen the inside of a shower that day.

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