I remember my mom saying when I was growing up, “Four children is half as many as five.”
I don’t have five children or even four, but I know what she means. Going somewhere with two
children now seems like a total breeze, and it doesn’t even matter which two children it is.
But, because I’m the type to get stir-crazy pretty quickly, I’ve left the house plenty with all three
children on my own.
Here are some of the things that make it not insane to get out the door:
Travel light. The more children I have, the less stuff I take with me. There’s no need for ten
pacifiers or four back-up outfits (pretty sure no child has ever been taken away by CPS for going
home in a diaper after a wardrobe malfunction). I take my wallet, my phone, a single extra
onesie, a thin blanket (for a changing spot, a burp cloth, a nursing cover, and to keep my baby
warm), and a healthy snack for emergencies. And. . .usually my Kindle because I live in fear of
being stuck somewhere without a book to read.
Use a baby wrap. If I’m doing a bunch of errands, I’ll just pop the car seat in and out of the car
and stick it in the cart, but usually, it’s easiest for me to carry her in a baby wrap so that I can
have my hands free and not use up the entire cart space. Plus, when she was really little (or. . . .little-ish. When you start at 10 lbs, you aren’t ever THAT little), it
made people way less likely to try to touch her.
Estimate generously. A Target trip to pick up two small items takes forever because loading
and unloading three children is not quick, and also two of those children always want to
“quickly” scope out the toy aisle (hence the Kindle). And although I try not to let my kids snack
much between meals, I keep a couple of Mott’s® Snack & Go in my bag so that when we end
up being gone (much) longer than I expected, no one starves to death. Plus, if we’re out with
friends and they all pull out snacks, it’s super embarrassing to me when my children start
hanging around like starving puppies until my friends give them snacks. Better to just have my
own, especially since I can control better what they eat (I love that the strawberry and natural
flavored Mott’s® Snack & Go products have no added sugar and that when I also find myself
ridiculously starving – thank you, nursing – I’m happy to eat them myself. The strawberry is my
Practice makes (more) perfect. Taking three kids around is never going to be as easy as
running errands by yourself, but the more I do it, the less overwhelming it seems. I get faster at
getting everyone in and out of the car. My girls get better about staying right with me. And I’m
less fazed if there are tears. And those tears are less likely to be mine. Also, my responses to,
“So, are you going to try for a boy?” get better.
And then, on other days, the farthest we go is to the mailbox.
I like those days too.
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