Dude, I kind of messed up. I had the realistic expectations about things like the exhaustion and the mom bod, but I failed to expect how the sheer logistics of my life would be turned upside down.
As a mom of one, I had gotten the hang of things. We had a routine. We could get out of the house in a few minutes flat. Meals weren’t difficult, and running errands had ceased to be a struggle. I was on a pedestal, looking down at my pregnant belly assuming that I’d take the new addition (pretty much) in stride.
Needless to say, I’ve been knocked off the pedestal, my friends.
This is two kid game is definitely taking some getting used to, and I’m constantly tripping over myself. When I was pregnant, I was most concerned about how I would nurse the baby while keeping Jack entertained, but that’s easy.
The tasks I didn’t really consider were things like bathtime and grocery shopping. More often than not, I’m on my own for both, so I’ve needed to figure out how to work smarter and not harder.
Sure, if need be, I can nurse Oliver in bathroom while I watch Jack play in the tub; but what about when I actually need to wash Jack? Or get him out, dry him, and help him “brush” his teeth?
I kid you not – the DockATot has made my life so much easier. It’s a multi-functional lounger (and great for all you co-sleepers out there) that I keep in either the boys’ bathroom or our master bath because that’s the one place I can’t really lay Oliver down comfortably, you know what I mean? My house is full of baby loungers of all shapes and sizes and functions, but I use the DockATot the most often because it’s easy to carry between rooms, and I love that he can’t roll or be nudged off (by Penny or Jack.)
Pair that bad boy with the Ollie Swaddle (how fitting right?) and you’ve got a match made in heaven. Like 99% of infants, Oliver is prone to a witching hour(s) that begins right around the time I start Jack’s bedtime routine. I’ve cried more than once during the bedtime hustle, mainly because I literally can’t help both boys at the same time and I get frustrated; but if Oliver is in the Ollie Swaddle, I know I’ve bought myself some time 😉
I wish I had this swaddle when Jack was an infant, because it’s SO much easier than swaddling with an actual blanket (a technique that Cory has mastered, but I have not.) It’s moisture-wicking fabric prevents overheating and the velcro makes it foolproof. Oliver lives in this thing.
And lastly – grocery shopping. Holy Mother, it’s not easy with two. Someone is always crying. And before I was introduced to the Binxy Baby cart hammock, I could essentially fit one banana and a bottle of wine in my shopping cart thanks to Oliver’s car seat.
Now I have room for ALLLL the wine.
The Binxy Baby fits on most shopping carts and can hold up to 50 pounds (so, the car seat carrier if you wanted.) I keep it in my trunk and use it all the time. I love it!
And that’s how I’m doing things these days, my friends.
If you have any favorite product recommendations, I’d LOVE to hear about them!