Every day starts the same.
My oldest son Noah is right at the precipice of being potty trained, but has been waking me up just about every morning wet from the waist down.
So I tell him to strip and go potty, and my first immediate thought is laundry.
Laundry..that is my first thought when I wake up.
Getting him cleaned up and redressed luckily is an easy task, considering he wants to dress himself these days.
My youngest starts his rooster call soon after my oldest, and I’ve been having to double pants him at night because he likes to strip naked and throw his diaper out of his crib.
So somedays I am cleaning pee off the floor, other days he goes right into the bathtub for a lavender shampoo rub down. I never know how it’s going to be.
Breakfast time is pretty organized. They are hell bent on bananas and waffles. So while they are eating, that gives me time to load the dishwasher and clean up the kitchen. When they start getting rowdy, I have good Ol’ Alexa put on “Baby Shark Doo-Doo” and they start having fun and dancing around the kitchen.
There are days when I don’t get a chance to really eat breakfast. I always think I’ll have time for lunch. My youngest goes down around 11 for his morning nap. Which means my oldest has “quiet time” so he sits quietly and plays with his toys or picks a show to watch. That gives me a chance to start some laundry, and finish up what I left myself the day before. Laundry is a BIG therapeutic thing for me, when all is well and quiet in the house, I like to turn on the show I’m watching (Hell’s Kitchen) and fold laundry.
Around 1:30 my youngest Linc wakes from his nap, and if it’s not to hot,we go outside to run around and play with chalk. ( Noah makes an awesome Mustasched robot!) If it is too hot, I turn on babytv and we dance around in the livingroom while lunch is being made.
Toddler lunches, is a very particular thing. My kids like eating the same thing every day. So I have to switch things up. Easy lunch ideas that work in my household is
-Mini Corn Dogs
..and sometimes the occasional Happy Meal if we’re going to the park.
The afternoon is a little bit harder because my oldest son will NOT take a nap. He fights me like crazy. So we have established some little chores for him to do that he can earn rewards. He calls it “homework”.
-Unloading the dishwasher.
-Dragging his hamper to the laundry
-Picking up his toys
-washer to dryer help with the wet clothes
He loves helping me do little things around the house, and my hope is that it’ll wear him down and he will nap.
But that’s rare
When my youngest wakes up from his afternoon nap, I turn on Spongebob and make them an afternoon snack while I finish up the kitchen and work on dinner.
Dinner normally is a success as making sure they eat their vegetables can prove sometimes hard. But if I’m really lucky, they eat it all and I am one happy Mama.
We have moved out of my youngest needing a bottle at bedtime now, which is awesome because that takes away the really REALLY wet diapers in the morning..
..and my oldest is learning to put himself to sleep without getting up a million times like I’m sure you are all capable of understanding what that means lol.
All you Moms out there probably have a certain way you run your household. My way tends to be very successful and I get alot accomplished when I organize the day.
At the end of the day, saying I’m exhausted is an understatement, but knowing what I accomplished, that my children are fed and happy and that my house looks like a livable living space, makes me really really happy.
I go to bed, ready to take on the next day.
The days with my children are special ones that I cherish.
Don’t get me wrong. Some days are better than others. But having patience and organization really does help get through the days easier.
I wouldn’t change a thing. ❤