Surviving 3 children, 3 years and under

Tuesday, January 17, 2017

You go through big chunks of time where you're thinking,
"this is impossible, oh this is IMPOSSIBLE".
And then you just keep going and going,
and you sort of do the impossible.
-Tina Frey

Shirt from Malyn Logic

When we found out we were pregnant with Kingston, my instant reaction was "holy moly, we will have 3 kids 3 years and under". Some people think we are crazy, and other think we are completely insane haha. A lot of people told us how having 3 rocked their world. With 3, you are outnumbered, schedules don't work together, its uneven, someone might be lonely, etc. While some of these things might be true, remember that YOU decide how things will be. I totally believe that your attitude sets the tone in the family. I am all about having a routine and a schedule. It sure has been a little harder getting all kids on the same sleeping schedule (cause mama gotta nap too). Instead, I have taken Noah's nap away so while the kids nap we bond. I am not going to lie, at first I was so sad to loose that nap. Then I remembered, this won't last forever. These are the moments I will look back at and smile about. Besides, taking away his nap has resulted in Noah going to bed earlier and waking up later :) As they get older, the one-on-one interaction with each individual becomes more important. 

Being a mother of three, I have learned to appreciate my slings/wraps so much more. They have been a lifesaver for us. Although I might be outnumbered, I still have my hands free for Noah and Olivia! I have also found that doing activities that each kid enjoys has been super important. Olivia has had a harder time with this new transition, and it has been important to do things she loves. 
 My biggest struggle has been night time. If Ben isn't home, it has taken a lot longer and I find myself not being able to do our normal night routine! 
Oh, and I haven't gone grocery shopping alone yet. Needless to say, I miss my random target runs!

If you're pregnant with your third and terrified how things will go, don't be. Every baby, every situation is different. Don't let other people scary stories affect you. Find things that works for you and your family. If I can do it, so can you :)

3 things that helps me everyday
1. Start my day with a prayer
I know it might sound basic or a given, but I need that boost.
2. I keep my house bright
I find myself feeling happier when it is bright in my home
3. Have a plan each day and try to go out!
Something we do as a family, even if it is coloring. I hate the feeling of "not accomplishing anything". Going out with three kids isn't ideal everyday, but we try to go out each day. Even if it is just to the mail box :)

Sling color sage from: Wildbird

xo

30 comments:

  1. You mama, are amazing! Sending you a big fist bump. At one point I had three under two(last were twins) so I know those looks well lol! You're amazing to have a plan each day!

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    1. You are amazing, twins and a baby!! Way to go :)

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  2. You are awesome!!! Yes to the slings/baby carrier. They have been a life saver with two babies at home for sure. I have a 22 month old, and 7 week old at home. Taking all your tips because I can only imagine how three under three is.
    Angela
    www.prettyinherpearls.com

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  3. I'm pregnant with #3, but mine are 3 & 5. I still worry sometimes about being outnumbered, but I love being a mama. Great post!

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    1. That's so exciting, congrats mama!! You will be so great and it will be so fun!!

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  4. You are super mom!!! I can't barely handle one child! xx

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    1. Oh you are nice, I sure don't think so haha!

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  5. I love that you plan each day! I am trying to teach my students to be "planners". I gave each of them a planner to fill out with their class assignments. Some of them hate it... but people that plan are more successful!

    xo, Lauryn
    www.lauryncakes.com

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    1. I definitely think that if I plan I am more likely to do it! Plus it motivates me do be productive! You're such a great teacher!!

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  6. You have the best attitude and I completely believe that setting an intention helps to keep yourself positive and have better days and to be happier! You are rocking this "mom of 3" thing!

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    1. Aww thank you, I appreciate that so much!! Somedays feel like I am failing haha a

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  7. The little train that could is my motherhood mantra! Love your tips!

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  8. You are the best mom! I look up to you so much and you are killing it. You go girl! You make Motherhood look so fab (love the Tina Fey quote) :)

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    1. Oh I just adore you, you are so sweet!! Thank you kindly <3

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  9. Your daughter and mine have the same name...Olivia! You are an awesome momma. You got this girl. That is true about you said try to atleast go out everyday and a prayer is good boost for the soul.

    www.aprilwashere.com

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    1. Aww, thats a great name :) Thank you so much girl!!

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  10. Great tips mama! Love that you start your day with prayer. Need to get back on that. 😘

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  11. Starting the day with quiet time makes the biggest difference in my mood for the day. You are my hero, mama!

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  12. I love this...you choose your attitude! I need to be so much better at this. And better at taking them out of the house! This dang cold!

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    1. UUghh, girl I can't even imagine...I forgot how cold it gets in Utah :(

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  13. Oh goodness you are a strong woman!! Thank you for tips!

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  14. You are amazing! I am just now figuring out how to parent two kids and it is tough. I think getting out of the house is crucial! And that Tina Fey is spot on.

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  15. I love your attitude! 3 kids under 3 sounds really hard, but you are rocking it. :)

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