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Baby #3 Prep

Someone once told me that going from 1 kid to 2 kids, is usually a pretty difficult transition, but that adding anymore kids after that is no biggie. I’m here to tell you that they were WRONG! So incredibly WRONG! Going from 1 kid to 2, was definitely different, but compared to this 3-kidded boat I’m in now- it was a cake walk!

  1. You’re going to need caffeine. Lots and lots of caffeine. You’re going to need hot coffee, iced coffee, 35 4-hour energy shots and 3 espressos to last until your kids’ bedtime.
  2. Accept help.
  3. Ask for help.
  4. Remind yourself that this is just a phase.
  5. It’ll get worse before it gets better.
  6. Then it’ll get worse again.
  7. Stock up on wine, toilet paper, baby wipes and Excedrin.
  8. Make as many freezer meals as possible.
  9. Don’t make any plans for at least 3 months.
  10. Schedule therapy.
  11. Get the biggest vehicle that will fit in your garage, preferably with sliding doors.
  12. Read up on postpartum depression. Be aware of it. Talk to your partner about it so he/she will be prepared, too.
  13. Find friends with 2+ kids. Only they will understand the madness that ensues with multiple children.
  14. Get a practical baby carrier. Not one of those 45 foot long pieces of fabric that take 20 minutes, 4 YouTube videos and an extra set of hands to put on. You need to be able to drop and buckle that baby in, in 1 minute flat.
  15. Be prepared for your older children to call your bluff. Then, don’t bluff again. Follow through. They will get into your head if you let them.
  16. Get rid of the diaper genie. When you’ve got 2 in diapers, you don’t have to change that thing every 5 minutes. Dirty diapers now go in the kitchen trash can.
  17. Purge the toys, especially the awful loud ones that will wake the baby up.
  18. Get as organized as possible. Everything needs a place, so that you can clean up faster. Efficiency is crucial at this stage.
  19. Find a mom’s group and/or schedule some mom’s night outs! You’re going to need them!
  20. Do what you gotta do! Don’t be ashamed to ask for help; get your groceries delivered; order everything off Amazon; rarely leave the house; get medicated; formula feed; swap out cleaning time, for vegging-on-the-couch-while-eating-ice-cream time. This is not a one-size-fits-all gig. Besides, your kids don’t care what Crunchy Cathy down the street thinks about your parenting style anyway 😉

 

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