It has been so difficult to get out of the house!!! It takes somr major planning these days! I try to get out once a day. I usually get ready in the morning when he goes back to sleep and then get out when he wakes up for his feeding. He hates his carseat though and doesn't like to fall asleep in it. So he stays awake and it's hard to get anything done.
So, how do all of you get ready and out of the house? How long are you gone? Does your LO sleep while you are out? DO you do things more on your schedule or LO's schedule?
I try to wait until she's fed, then go out. It is definetly a juggling act getting both girls ready to go out. It takes me more than twice as long as it ever did to get ready with just Annabelle.
I get all 7 of us out of the house every morning to take the big kids to school. Then I come home get me and Alli ready for the day and we are gone most days ALL DAY LONG. She is good when we are out and about. We are usually gone from 9-10 until AFTER I pick Cam, Chey and Cole up from school at 315.
Tomorrow my mom will be in Ft Worth for work and all 6 kids and I are headed to round Rock to the outlets for some shopping.
I don't often go anywhere important. Not with everyone. I go to my moms about every other day right now and I've taken them all to drop Fiona off at pre-school once. (Since DH is working nights I sometimes leave the baby with him..) Thursday after I dropped Fiona at pre-school I took the littles with me to Target. Today I went to Target with all the children...it wasn't terrible.
If we have to go to pre-school then I lay all our clothes out the night before. I also make sure I pack her snack and put it in the car that night. I get up 15 minutes before I start waking children up and get juice and breakfast on the table. Then I wake them up, and tell them breakfast is there when they're ready. I brush the girls hair, they eat, then I get them dressed. About 30 minutes before we have to go I wake up Egan, change him, get him dressed and feed him. That leaves me about 15 minutes to get dressed myself, get shoes on everyone and get everyone into the car. My alarm goes off at 7:15 and I am usually walking out the door to put everyone in car seats by 8:25. That gives the girls some wake up time too, so we're not go.go.go the entire morning.
That's the only place I really have to be somewhere at a specific time. Everything else I just kind of go when it's convenient for everyone. One day I did call my mom and tell her we would come around 1:30 and I showed up close to 3. hahaha.
If I have to go to the store or a dr. appt I leave them with my mom. If it's in the morning (like a dr. appt) I take their clothes with me and drop them off in their pajamas. And they eat breakfast there.
I've been grocery shopping once and I waited until I fed Egan and immediately left them at my moms and was gone about 30 minutes total.
Oh, and when we're out (the three times we've been actually 'out') I wear Egan and he falls asleep in the wrap most of the time. Oh, and one time I went to pick Fiona up from pre-school he did scream about 10 of the 15 minutes we were in the carpool line until he passed out. :rolleyes:
We've gone down to my parents house a number of times which is an hour away and we stay for a few hours. But I haven't done any shopping trips with all three by myself yet (only because I can't lift my kids into the shopping cart yet). While its time consuming it really isn't too bad getting them out the door since DS1 and for the most part DD get themselves dressed and they're both completely potty trained. So aside from making sure they're fed before we go all I have to do is pack up the diaper bags and get Caleb fed/changed. He sleeps really well in the car as long as his tummy is full.
Yeah I wanted to say....I KNOW I'm not super mom....lol. I am extremely lucky that I have older kiddos who are self-sufficient AND can help with the littles. About the only thing that NO ONE but I can do is brush Cheyanns hair. She has naturally curly hair and it is almost waist length so even she has a hard time doing it. The older boys will fix Cole breakfast or help him tie shoes or zip a jacket so it's fairly easy for me to get us all going.
I forgot to mention that I'm currently taking showers at night and braiding my hair so i don't have to brush it the next day...So I've been sporting pig tail braids for about two weeks now. If it's too messed up in the morning I re-do it. Then I don't have to worry about my hair. I have super long hair and it's really thick now so I'm glad that's one less thing to worry about.
I take my showers at night to! And keep my hair back in a messy bun all the time. Makes life a lot easier if all I have to do for myself is make sure my clothes are clean.
Originally Posted by irishgirl
Brandon has preschool every day so I have to get us out the door. Brandon can dress himself and I try to make sure baby is fed before we go (preschool is 15 minutes away). I'm still under lifting restrictions so we don't go out much right now (I've been running errands on the weekend when Chris can watch them), but if we do I try to go after I drop Brandon off or after I pick him up. I try to keep outings short and I try to keep with baby's schedule as much as possible but if I need to do something I'll do it.
I keep the diaper bags stocked all the time so I can just grab it and go. Luckily both of my boys like the car. CJ tends to fall asleep in the car or the stroller so I can get things done pretty easily.
As far as getting myself ready, I've learned to do it quickly after having Brandon so I'm a pro by now. I take my showers at night and I'll either straighten my hair and leave it a few days, put some gel in it and let it dry curly, or put it in a bun. If I'm in a hurry I throw a little powder and lip gloss on and I'm good to go. It takes me 5-10 minutes, 20-30 if I straighten my hair.
If I need to go out for something, I go. I actually do things more around my 3 year old's schedule than Owen's. I have noticed that if I don't get up and in the shower before 8 am, we don't get out because it takes a good 2 hours for me to get myself and both kids ready and out of the door alone. So I just decide the night before that 'okay tomorrow we're going to go here, here, and here' and I get up early and get in the shower while DD is eating breakfast and Owen sleeps in the swing in the bathroom. Then we go.
The other day I needed to go to Target, BRU, and grocery shopping. We were up and out of the house by 9:45. BRU first because we only had one car seat base and it was in DH's truck. Then to Target. We left Target and Owen was hungry, so I sat in the truck and fed him while DD sang along to the radio. Finished feeding him, got fast food, and DD fell asleep, so I sat in the parking lot and ate lunch, then both kids were sleeping so I just drove around and did some exploring since we're still pretty new to the area. By the time they both woke up I was closer to the house than the grocery store and it was almost 4 pm (my kids can be marathon nappers in the car), so I came on home and DH and I both went to the grocery store together the next morning with both kids.
I'm not one who holds myself back because of my kids. My theory is that they came into our lives, so they have to learn to live with how we do things. When DD was 3 weeks old we moved from Alabama to Hawaii and we were constantly on the go in HI doing stuff. It was nice because she got used to going and doing very early on and we've never had a real problem with her (except for the normal toddler temper tantrums that she throws).
I honestly can't count the number of places we've been since Owen was born. We went to Nashville when he was 6 days old, and I can't count the number of shopping trips and restaurants he's been to. We just aren't the 'ohhh we have a newborn, we have to stick close to the house' type.