Wow! The year is already racing by! Now that you have little ones to consider, time seems like it is moving so fast it is almost impossible to do anything but watch! How does one accomplish anything besides diaper changes, laundry, breastfeeding, and sleeping?
First of all, it is important to remember your priorities have to change! This is a wonderful, crazy, and exhausting time of life. Enjoy it as much as possible. Your babies are only small for a short time. You do not want to miss these precious moments because you were focusing on having the cleanest house on the block. I am not saying you live in a dump, but you have the rest of you life to work on an immaculate house. Now is the time to enjoy your babies. If you can afford it financially, have someone else do the housecleaning for a time. If not, when someone asks you what you want for you birthday tell them ‘a house cleaner for a day’!
Investigate healthy prepared meals so you do not have to spend more time in the kitchen that you wish. I love to cook, but with babies-in-tow planning, shopping, and cooking were simple more than I could arrange. Meals like pre-made baked lasagna, ravioli, or fish-sticks and a salad became our coup de grat. My kids got to like boxed mac n cheese so much that later on when I began baking the good stuff they preferred boxed! Ouch! You do what you gotta do!
I found a local church that provided a ‘Mom’s Morning Off’ once a week for a low fee. I would keep my errands to a minimum through out the week with the kids, and pack everything possible into the three hours I enjoyed for ‘Mom’s Morning Off’. It took so much pressure off my schedule.
Maybe you have a relative who wants to help out. Let them take the older kids to the park while you and your newborn rest together. I participated in a babysitting co-op. This allowed my friends and I to share babysitting for the times I could not include the kids. There are a million ways to work out a little extra time for projects or events. Be creative! You can make it happen!!