“Hey! How are yall managing four kids? Are you surviving? How is it going? Getting any sleep these days?!”
Those questions seem to be the questions of the hour every time we chat with friends! I can hardly blame them as our brood does require lots of hands on attention and with a two week old in the mix, there is quite the potential for late nights and crazy days.
I will recap more on our schedules (or lack there of?) another day, but I am thankful to say that the first two weeks have been awesome and to share some quick tips with yall on how we have survived!!
Some days have been a bit longer than others, but here are my top three tips for surviving newborn days when you have other (lots of other?) of kids.
3. Accept help.
Whether it be family, friends or whomever, let them bring you a meal or help with the laundry, or just come over to hold the baby and give you some adult conversation. We have been so blessed by our church, family and neighbors and while I have felt great (aside from being tired), its been nice to focus on my family and to enjoy the first few weeks without pressure of having to plan, run to the store, cook, clean and all.
2. Be on the same page as your spouse.
For us, we just kind of take it day by day and go with what works based on where the needs are. Initially, I went to bed around 9 and would get up around 1 and then do night shift and my husband sleep. Then he would get up with the big kids and get them to school and me sleep in. Now that baby is sleeping well, Hubs pretty much goes to bed whenever and then gets up and handles the others and I take care of the baby. He is only getting up twice a night – and then I can sleep in or nap, if needed. This allows one of us to be rested and available for the others and the other to tend to the babe. There have been 2 or 3 mornings that for the life of me, I can not get the baby back to bed. I have woken the hubs around 5 am and tagged out.
1. Don’t be too hard on yourself.
We hit the ground running. We came home from the hospital with a one day old, big kids with colds and then a week later it was fall break and we were all home for the week. Woah nellie.
Somedays the house was messy, I failed to shower and the TV was on way too much. Other days, the house was tidy, all were clean and we spent time as a family outside. We handed snacks out like candy (more on that below) and tried to have stuff for the kids to do, but at the end of the day, we didn’t stress!
So those are my tips and here is where I want to mention our snacks….Since my kids are old enough to help themselves (we do try to make them ask first, before raiding the pantry!) its important for us to have healthy options for us to give them.
On one of my desperate attempts to get out of the house (going a bit stir crazy here!), I made a Target run and scooted down the baby aisle. My eye caught the Gerber® Lil’ BeaniesTM packaging and I remembered that my kids – even the big ones love them, so I picked them up.
These type of snacks are ones that I like to have on hand as they are great options to give the kids when they want to help themselves – or when I am feeding the baby and need them to help their self!
Tonight, as I was trying to get dinner made, I was running late. The hubs was at something for class and the kids were being sweet, but about to lose it. Since I was juggling baby and food prep, I offered the kids some Gerber® Lil’ BeaniesTM while they waited. They excitedly sat at the table – and their conversation went from fussing over hunger, to fighting over what colored bowl they were going to get….Brother also helped himself to them as apparently I wasnt moving fast enough for them!
Please tell me mine aren’t the only ones who fight over the bowl colors?? Or plates? Or spoons?
Anyway, I filled up the bowls, the kids indulged and I happily finished getting dinner ready.
Typically, I don’t give the kids snacks right before dinner, but with these being healthy, I just incorporated them right into their meal and that was that!
Have you tried them?? My kids ages range from 6 – 2.5 (not including the baby!) and they all love them. Below is their “happy face” picture. How goofy are my littles!?
If you have not given them to your toddler, next time you are at Target, pick some up!