Tips for Surviving Life with 3 Kids, 3 and under

Apr 24, 2013

I get asked a lot how the transition to 3 children (3 and under) has been for our family.  And my honest answer is - we're surviving!

Thankfully with each passing day it gets easier and easier.  Not easy... but easier.

Some days are great.  Some days are not so great. But at the end of the day, when all of the girls are sleeping, Alan and I take a collective sigh of relief in the fact that we've accomplished our main daily objective - everyone survived.

Over the past 7 weeks, since Audrey's birth, I've found a few tips to be especially helpful for our family and think they could help you too.

Whether you are adding your 3rd baby (as we did) to your family, or even if you're adding baby 1, 2 or 4+, these tips are for any family to consider when adding a new little one to their hearts and homes.

Tips for Surviving Life with New Baby

  1. Meals from Friends and Family. I'm honestly not sure what we would have done had we not had such wonderful friends and family who brought us meals those first few weeks.  It was such a huge blessing to not have to even think about getting the groceries necessary to make food for our family, let alone find time to actually make the food. Don't pass up this incredible blessing, not only for your family, but for the people who are able to serve and bless you! If you have a friend who would be willing to arrange meals for you, I'd highly suggest using the website Food Tidings to organize and manage the sign up.  
  2. Amazon Prime. I'm a bit embarrassed that I'm just now jumping on the Amazon Prime bandwagon.  After lots of FB encouragement (via my Mommy Questions of the Night), we decided to finally subscribe to Amazon Prime.  We share the account with 4 other people and so our total is $16/year.  You can't beat that.  For free 2-day shipping it honestly is the best purchase we've made in the past 2 months.  So far I've ordered bottles (which I would have normally had to take all 3 kids to Target to buy), books and makeup.  Let's just say - I LOVE AMAZON PRIME!
  3. Paper Plates. I'm so thankful for two sweet friends who strongly encouraged me to start using paper plates post-Audrey.  I hadn't even considered it and so when one of them dropped by a large stack of paper plates the following day, I figured I'd give it a try.  And I'm so glad I did!  Such a huge time saver.  Since then I've heard that once you have 3+ kids you enter into the "Paper Plate Season."  
  4. Fresh Flowers. I don't know what it is, but whenever I have fresh flowers in our home, it helps make each day even more brighter. And for those of you who are wondering - yes - I do buy myself flowers.  You can't always wait on the hubby to bring them home :)
  5. Hire help when/if needed.  4 of my sweet friends gifted us a house cleaner after Audrey was born and it was the best thing in the world!  I've also arranged to have a sitter come every other Friday to watch the girls so I can run errands.  These two things combined have taken such a great weight off of my shoulders.  I/We can't do it all - so hire help when/if needed ladies!
  6. Good Nite Lite. Right about the time Audrey was born, both of my girls started waking up at 6 am (rather than the usual 7 am).  This was just not going to work for me.  Thankfully I remember a post on Scottsdale Moms Blog : The Early Bird Stays in His Room, where Sarah suggested the Good Nite Lite to help encourage kids to stay in their bed until a pre-set time.  Now the Good Nite Lite is only sold via Amazon and is often out of stock (boo), so it wasn't the easiest product to get our hands on.  But thankfully I spent a couple weeks watching their FB Page for the announcement of more product in stock and we snatched up two!  At $44/each, they are the most expensive night lights we will ever purchase, but in my opinion, it is well worth it!     
  7. Wake Up before your kids. I know I talk about this a lot, but I really do believe that waking up before your children gives you, as the mom, a HUGE advantage.  I find that if my kids are my alarm clock, I feel like I just can't catch up throughout the day.  Now yes, this does mean that for some of you, your alarm clock will go off at 5:30 (like mine); however, the opportunity to get a shower, have breakfast and get things ready for the day are well worth the early wake up.  I especially value having 10-15 "me minutes" outside where I can read my bible and devotional with a cup of coffee.  
  8. Friendship and Family Help. I don't know how I would have gotten through the past 2 months without some incredible family/friends who were always willing to encourage me via text, drop by with a cup of coffee, love on me via gifts (which is my primarily love language) and simply be available.  These relationships have truly made the transition so much easier.  
  9. Plan Ahead. Before Audrey's arrival I took some time to consider what was on our schedule for the month following her birth.  So for us, because she was born on Feb 27th, I looked at our March calendar and bought all March cards/birthday/anniversary gifts ahead of time.  I didn't want to have to be running around with the girls to pick up these things after Audrey's birth.  This has been a huge time and sanity saver for me. 
  10. Grace, Grace and more Grace. And lastly, but most importantly, be prepared to give yourself (and the people around you) bucket loads of grace.  It is always a transition when you bring a new baby home so make sure to lower your expectations and be willing to extend grace to everyone in your home. 


An Audrey Update | 7 weeks

Apr 20, 2013

I think it's about time for an Audrey update.  What do you think?!  
  • Audrey Mae is our sweet little "angel baby" (so far at least). 
  • One Month Stats : 8 lb and 13 ounces.  
  • She spends her waking time smiling at her mommy and paying close attention to her sisters who love to give her all kinds of snuggles.  
  • Audrey's cry is a bit ridiculous.  Some babies are born with a good set of lungs, where Audrey's cry almost makes us chuckle.  We can already tell that Ms. Audrey may be a little soft spoken.  Only time will tell though...
  • She's super temperature sensitive.  A room can be 80 degrees but if she's remotely within the air circulation of the ceiling fan her little lips will be quivering.  So as a result she spends a lot of her days in footie PJs to stay nice and warm. :) 
  • Audrey's been in her crib since 4 weeks and loves being swaddled in the Miracle Blanket.  
  • The girls are adjusting as well as you can expect two toddlers to adjust to another new little one taking more of their mommy's attention.  Nora specifically loves being mommy's helper in the car and makes sure Audrey has her paci in at all times. The girl will spend upwards of 5-10 minutes just working to get her to take the paci.  When I would have thrown in the towel long ago, I can hear Nora in her sweet little voice saying "Here you go Aud.  You want your paci?  You'll like your paci."
  • Elsie on the other hand is a little varied in her love of Audrey.  One moment she'll be giving her all sorts of kisses and the next minute she'll be so very sad/mad that her mommy can't pick her up b/c baby sister is in her arms.  
  • Interested in how we chose the name Audrey?  We'll save that for another post. Stay tuned...
And lastly, just for fun, here is a comparison pic of Audrey and Elsie both at one month.  What do you think?  Do they look alike?  


In Our Home :: March Edition

Apr 2, 2013

Woo-hoo - we made it through March!!  

As anyone who has ever had a newborn can attest - that first month is hard stuff, right?!!! And in our case that first month with baby #3 is especially hard!  

As a new month starts, we are celebrating that we made it through the month of March alive (albeit largely bc of the help from family and friends).  

Here's a quick recap::
1) Mop and Papa Triggs came into town the Sunday after Audrey was born. And we couldn't have been more excited to have them!  The girls loved getting all of the extra attention and we loved having the extra help around the house.  Ok - we maybe loved the extra attention too ;) Papa stayed for a week and Mop for over two weeks.  I'm pretty sure we may not have survived the month without them.  Thanks mom and dad!  

2) Audrey's future BFF was born just 10 days after her.  Here they are meeting for the first time.   Brighton's parents, Laura and Phil, are some of our very favorite people in the whole wide world.  Brighton and Audrey are destined to share secrets about their crazy families for many years to come!  I'm sure of it!

3) & 4) To help celebrate Audrey's birth, some of my dear friends threw Audrey a Sip & See.  Everything about this party was perfect.  From the Audrey Hepburn (part of the reason why we named Audrey her name) themed decorations to all of my favorite appetizers... it truly was such a wonderful way to celebrate Ms. Audrey.  Thanks again Laurie, Carlene, Jess, Rebecca and Jennifer!  xoxo

Each one of these pictures illustrates what our days look like.  We spend lots of time snuggling, kissing Audrey and playing outdoors. 
Some of my family was in town for spring break last week and the girls were lucky to spend one morning at the zoo with Aunt Jane, Uncle Mike and Cousins Mel and Matt.  They LOVED it!
Our sweet little Audrey turned 1 month on the 27th of March!  We celebrated with lots of snuggles :) She weighed in at 8 lb 13 oz and 21 inches in length.  She's growing great and is healthy so we couldn't be more thankful.   

So many of you have asked how these two are adjusting and the answer is... well... it depends on the day :)  

Both of the girls just adore Audrey and are constantly wanting to hold her hand, read to her, give her kisses and help with getting her paci/blanket/burp cloth/diaper.  However, as we expected, they have also had days where the new changes, our divided attention namely, is just plain hard.  

But thankfully they are cute, right?!  It makes even the hard(er) days sweet. 

Here the girls are on Easter Sunday.  Alan and I caught a nasty case of the flu the 3 days leading up to Easter and so our Easter plans changed in an attempt to contain our germs as much as possible.  

We spent the day celebrating the Resurrection of Christ with just our little family.  And because cooking anything in the kitchen was just not going to happen, our Easter breakfast was sponsored by Krispy Kreme (thank you lordy for drive-thru donut places just a mile away!).  

Audrey's first Easter. 

And that's it!  A wonderful (but hard and exhausting) month!  

Here's to one month down and many more to go!!  

xoxo - us 

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