Mom life: what can I say... it's the best life, but also the busiest. And, I thought I was busy when Luna was an infant... lol. I can't help but kind of laugh at that. Now that Luna is a toddler, life is crazy. The only time I have to actually sit down is when we're either in the car driving somewhere or when she's taking her nap. Oh man, thank goodness for those naps, am I right mama's?!
But even when Luna is napping it's not really 'mama relaxation time' (don't we all wish?!). It's more like, clean up lunch time, do the dishes or laundry time, and get your work done finally time.
Don't get me wrong, I wouldn't have it any other way. I dreamed of these days for soooooooo long. But there are some things we can do to make our lives justtttt a little bit easier. And I am all for life hacks that helps us busy mama's out.
Wake up an Hour before your toddler to get things done
I know, it doesn't sound like that much fun to get less sleep than you already do. But, there's something to be said about squeezing in my workout and my shower before Luna's awake because I can move infinitely quicker. Ben is out the door first thing for work, so if I want to shower for the day (and, who doesn't haha), I either have to get her in the shower with me, or do it before she's awake. That little extra quiet time is nice.
Stick to a Schedule
I learned this one at my mom group very early on... but babies and children THRIVE on schedules and predictability. When your baby is an infant and you work off a schedule, you can go through a mental checklist when they're fussy and know exactly what they need. Like, if you know she already napped on schedule, and usually eats at 4pm and it's 3:45pm and she's fussy, it's probably time for a feeding. It saves you the stress of freaking out like, 'oh my gosh why is she crying, what do I do?!'
Same thing with a toddler. Luna takes her nap every single day at 12pm. She knows that 11:30am is lunch and then she goes down, so she doesn't fight me when I put her in the crib. She knows exactly what to do to put herself down, and I know that I have exactly two-and-a-half hours to get things done.
Keep a Spare Pair of Shoes in the Car
One too many times have I ran out the door in a scurry only to realize I forgot Luna's shoes lol. Especially when she first started walking. I wasn't used to having to bring shoes everywhere we went. One time, we went to the pumpkin patch and I had no shoes for her. Total mom fail because I had to walk around the giant farm carrying her the entire time in 90-degree weather.
Buy Their Clothes in Specific Color Schemes
Ok so I know this one sounds weird, but hear me out... Before Luna was born I was sooooooo excited to have a baby I kind of went crazy and bought (and washed so I couldn't return) wayyyy too many clothes. And I would buy at random whatever I thought was darling. Rookie mistake. I ended up with a hot pink pair of shorts or a yellow onesie that really didn't go with anything else. Now, I mostly buy clothes in a specific color scheme these days. That way, I know they will pair well together with the things we already own. We stick to the warm-toned neutrals and pale pastels mostly.
Use Your Time Efficiently and Order Everything Ahead of Time
Once I had Luna, I realized there was no such thing as a quick pit-stop at the grocery store. Or really, anywhere. It's a process to stop, run around the car, unbuckle your child(ren), carry them inside, buckle them in the cart etc. etc. It's a whole thing. And then, don't get me started on the meltdowns when you accidentally walk past the candy aisle and they happen to catch a glimpse of those dreadfully strategic colorful packaging right at eye level. I used to be able to shop the candy aisle in peace without having to share hahahaha.
Once I discovered Walmart's Grocery Pickup and Delivery, shopping for necessities has been made so much more convenient. It's also so amazing to be able to get all the essentials at one stop - from diapers to the only bread Luna likes to birthday party gifts to beauty supplies - I am just glad to not have to be running all over the city all afternoon (and rushing against the nap time clock) to get my errands done.
Walmart gave me an awesome code for you guys to take $10 off your first order of $50 or more: M2A3DZ3F
Get after it and visit walmart.com/grocery or download the grocery app to order and redeem code. It's good for first-time customers and expires Jan 31, 2020.
Pack The Snacks
Gone are the days of when I had my diaper bag filled with spare clothes and extra burp cloths. Now, everywhere I go I have a plethora of assorted snacks stashed in my diaper bag. I don't know about your child, but mine is pretty darn specific about when she wants when she wants it lol. Heaven forbid I hand her the goldfish she wanted this morning when she now wants Cheerios. I also know that when she gets cranky (aka all toddler-y), it's usually because she's hungry. A snack always does the trick.