Life changes dramatically when you shift from one to two kids. Or when you add any kids to your life, really. For us, we are still figuring it all out, not that we ever will, one hundred percent.
As a stay-at-home mom, going from one to two means learning how to juggle better so both kids eat, play, get time with me, get out of the house, and sleep. And that’s outside of blogging and taking care of the house. At this point, I have to step back and appreciate our progress. I even made it to the grocery store with two, which was a huge victory for me.
Today I’m sharing what one day in the life looks like for a stay-at-home mom of two. To put things in perspective, though, I need to add that my preschooler is 32 pounds, and my four-month-old is nearly 20 pounds. Okay, go.
6:30 – Wake up and pump breastmilk for my baby. Then I wake him up, and his big smile is always a sweet sight to see. I feed and then change him; then it’s time to clean all the bottles for the day.
7:30-8:00 – Wake up my two-year-old, if he isn’t up already. He takes a few minutes to get going, but is sweet and sleepy at first, which is so cute. I enjoy the quiet moment before he becomes his usual bundle of energy (not that that isn’t cute too).
8:00-9:30 – The breakfast shuffle. It’s nice that my preschooler feeds himself. I juggle getting breakfast together for him and me, and feeding the baby some fruit or veggie. We clean up after, and it’s time to get dressed, take baths if needed, and put Baby Nolan back down for a nap.
At this point, it’s time for me to pump again. I let Theo watch a cartoon while I do, and then get myself ready for the day.
10:00 – We try to leave the house to do something fun. Today, it’s a trip to Target. It takes about fifteen minutes to get there, and then another ten to fifteen to load my boys into the cart seat and the baby carrier. We wander around the store and pick up a few things, and we last until Nolan starts to fuss a bit.
11:50 – We are finally in the car with all our purchases and ready to leave. I want to stop by the grocery store, but with both boys now fussing, it’s time to go home. I get everyone in the house, and then unload the boxes of diapers, wipes, and the bags from Target. Time for lunch!
12:20 – Cook up some lunch and everybody eats. After, I read Theo some books, and he pretends like he’s going to take a nap. I put Nolan down. Then try to get some work done – emails, blogging, whatever I can accomplish in short time.
2:15 – Everyone is up again. This time we are cleaning up around the house, picking up toys, putting away clean laundry, emptying and reloading the dishwasher. Somewhere in that time I pump too.
4:00 – I decide to take the boys out to the library, which involves more loading and unloading with the car. The library actually ends up being a pretty perfect spot – toys to play with, books to read, great place for Nolan to rest – and then the storm clouds roll in.
4:45 – We hurry home before it starts raining and read a few books; then James arrives home from work. After that it’s the dinnertime scramble – the cooking, feeding, pumping frenzy that lasts until about 7:00. Seriously.
7:00 – Theo is done and all clean, and we try to get out to do something fun, like to to a park if the weather is nice. Usually this involves climbing on the playground with my kiddo, after he cries, “Mama, do you want to come with me??” Sometimes it also involves doing so with a baby strapped to my chest.
8:30 – Bedtime, meaning books read, babies rocked, and everyone tucked in. My hubby and I unload and load the dishwasher again, and then we settle in to watch a rented movie on Google.
9:30 – I am dozing off and miss half the movie.
10:00 – I wake up, pump, feed the half-asleep baby, and then go to bed myself.
All in a day’s work, folks. Now go back and consider all the bending, loading, carrying, wrangling, and other general movement that happens just in one day. Plus, hello, 20 pound baby! You can imagine how my back feels afterward.
Enter BioFreeze® Pain Reliever products. I was recently able to try out these products and was so glad I did. They are over-the-counter topical pain relievers that I can apply as needed, up to four times a day. I usually put it on that one trouble spot on my back (riiiiight in the middle). They’re safe, because they are non-narcotic and not addictive. Since I’m pumping, I even called my lactation consultant and a national baby safety hotline to make sure it’s okay. Both of them agreed that it is safe for breastfeeding. (Just be sure to wash hands well after use, and try to apply after feeding or pumping.)
The main ingredient in BioFreeze® is menthol, and it works instantly, cooling and leaving a bit of a tingle. It works just as well as ice, but not messy or dripping, and you can use it on the go. (I can imagine it would be great for a first-aid kit!) There is a spray, lotion, and roll-on medication, and the roll-on is my favorite, because it is so easy to apply and it doesn’t touch my hands. The spray is cool, too, because it sprays 360 degrees, so I can reach that hard-to-get spot on my back. If you’re looking to try it, find the store locator here.
Even though it’s a new product to me, I’m pretty sure BioFreeze® is going to become a staple throughout the day. It’s something that helps keep me going – because really, stay-at-home moms work up to 24 hours a day, and don’t have time to slow down.
What helps you to keep going throughout your day?
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