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17/06/2013 at 10:50
So now that I have two, I completely see why people are so organised. I've been flying solo for three days now, and I think I am doing ok. The first day was my nephews birthday and I managed to get myself and the two kids ready and to the dogs for 10am!!! We stayed there until lunch and then headed on to Pizza Hut and Asdas to do some shopping. Both boys fine, C was reasonable well behaved. Sunday and today I have really just been catching up with housework and washing and ironing.
I have worked out a few tips of my own but wondered how you guys manage to stay afloat with two or more kids. I really take my hat off to those who also work as at the moment I don't have a spare second in the day (until now of course where I have time for MD!!), I could never fit in a job right now!!
So my own tips are:
Put C in the car first, once he is restrained, put the changing back and pram in the boot and finally put O in the car. At the other end, unpack the pram and O first and get C out last.
In the shop, make C hold on to the pram to avoid any potential running off incidents!
Keep the changing bag stocked up (thanks for this one 1stbaby!)
Organise whats for dinner the night before and defrost what ever needs to be. Then when you get a quiet period, peel veg etc
Get dressed for the day as soon as you get up. If I don't do this, I find that its impossible to get ready and get out the door.
Anyone have any more to throw in the mix??
17/06/2013 at 15:42
I make packed lunches the night before, even if I don't plan on going out the next day. It's much easier to grab sandwiches out the fridge rather than start making them when the kids moan they are hungry.
17/06/2013 at 15:43
I also make up juice/bottles of water with breakfast and keep them on the dinning table all day so that I don't have to keep filling clean cups all day.
17/06/2013 at 16:26
Will be watching this with interest. My current plan is to find a way to afford to keep Alex in nursery 3 days a week
17/06/2013 at 16:41
All the ones you've mentioned already munchkin are great. I find myself constantly assessing the risk of leaving one or two of them, and whether if I leave them both in the same room Coco will kill Otis (she does try....)
I've got cocos nappies in one make up bag type thing, and Otis' in another, so if I'm taking only one of them out, I can take out one of the mini bags. I've also started meal planning which I never used to do, so that's helping my organisation and my finances. I do a wash a day which I never really needed to do before (we could just blitz it at the weekends) which also helps.
The biggest help is coco being in nursery for 3 days a week (BG, prioritise nursery over eating. And bills. And the mortgage if you need, it's so much easier only managing one )
17/06/2013 at 16:50
It's going to be a bit different to me as I have Zoe starting school so have the school run to contend with. My good intentions (whether I actually do it will remain to be seen are) :-
changing bag always re-packed when get in (I did this with Zoe and it was great)
clothes laid out the night before
packed lunch made the night before
meal plan (I work out what meals we will have for the week when I do the shopping and it really does mean we eat better, have fallen off the wagon a bit with this one and we are having an awful lot of pasta, pizza and fish fingers w/new potatoes & veg as they are quick)
if we will be getting back late (ie swimming lessons after school) either do a slow cooker meal or something in the oven and use the oven timer (have yet to work out how to do the latter mind you and have had the oven for 8 years)
17/06/2013 at 21:29
Organisation is definitely the key!
- I have always made sure i was up, dressed and breakfasted before H went to work (whilst I was in mat leave obviously - now I am up before anyone else stirs!)
- We meal plan and internet shop for all our groceries.
- Bags packed the night before
- nappy changing supplies downstairs so no need to trail up and down the stairs with three children.
- batch cooking at weekends and freezing so busy days just require something pulling out of the freezer first thing then bunging in the oven/ microwave for dinner.
- a wash a day
- great childcare for d1 and a fantastic H!
- always give yourself half an hour to prepare everyone and get them out the house (inevitable explodapoos, lost shoes, etc etc)
18/06/2013 at 00:07
I should write these down. I just about managed to get M to gymnastics at 2pm today. Preschool for 9am tomorrow will be interesting!
18/06/2013 at 07:36
I just have to stay one step ahead all the time, so if I'm resting I know that there is something I could be doing for later on.
I often just put dirty clothes straight into the washing machine, cutting out the middle man ie.laundry basket.
Packed lunch made the night before, clothes laid out. Shower in the evening if I have to be somewhere the next morning.
Fill up the powder dispenser just in case.
I've surprised myself by getting the three of us ready and out of the door by 8am three times, major achievement for me
18/06/2013 at 08:47
I am noting these tips just for one. I have NO idea how you all cope with children plus newborn. Hats completely off!
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