Jordan and I funny enough use to be neighbors, but the real funny part was we never really talked or hung out. I had recently moved to town and was a typical teenager trying to survive high school. Flash forward to 9+ years later (HOLY CRAP I’m getting old!) and she is happily married with two of the sweetest little boys. Her husband and her own a bike shop and she is the queen of baristas, is that a thing? Most of all she is passionate. Passionate about life, her relationships, her family, and so much more. She also post all about this on her blog Wished for This and she graciously agreed to take over my blog for the day. Please enjoy her as much as I do and go check her out!
You have a newborn and you are exhausted. All of the family and friend visits have some what dropped off, your husband or partner is back to work. The help you had in those first few days/weeks is gone or it feels that way and its just you and the baby… oh and don’t forget your toddler. You are adjusting to life as a new mom with more than one child. It’s a difficult balance.
Your schedule looks somewhat hectic and that’s if you are organized enough to even have a schedule. You are trying to find your new life routine. You have a baby latched to your breast for these nursing sessions that last anywhere from 20 minutes to an hour multiple times per day, a toddler to entertain, a house of pick up and the list goes on… Inevitably just as you sit down and get the baby latched, you have your toddler tugging at your legs to get them a snack.
I’m here to offer a tip that I did. Because its frustrating as a new mom to always be needed and pulled in different directions, especially with multiple kids needing your attention and your hands more full than ever. This tip also allows your toddler some independence.I always told my son that he was helping mommy and he loved hearing that. Plus toddlers (at least mine) tend to be impatient and do not like having to wait very long and any avoidable meltdown is worth sharing.
I decided to have snacks that were accessible to him and he could get on his own without me. I cleared out the bottom drawer in our refrigerator and filled it full of healthy snacks I knew my son would enjoy. Here were some of the things that were in the drawer:
- string cheese
- apple sauce
- sliced apples
- chocolate milk
I also did this in one of our bottom drawers in the kitchen. I stocked it full of snack bags filled with:
- cheddar bunnies
- fruit snacks
- pirates booty
- granola bars
Yes I still made him lunch and breakfast but having these snacks available for when mommy was busy with the baby was so awesome and so helpful. Plus it involves a trip to Target, they have the best organic/ healthy snacks for kiddos! 🙂 I hope this small tip helps you as much as it helped me. Mommin’ is hard and anything to make it a bit easier is always welcomed, at least for me!