Honestly, after my girls are a few years old I should write a book on how to survive two babies close together. Sometimes I think twins would be easier to handle because at least I would be able to keep the same frame of mind for both of them. With a toddler and an infant I am constantly switching from active, playful mommy to gentle, nurturing mommy. It’s a lot more tiring than I thought!
I did find one way to make my day a bit easier:
I find it best to nurse the Squishy Bean just before lunchtime, put her down for her nap, then feed Bitsy Girl her lunch, and put her down for her nap. So essentially I have the two girls going down for their long afternoon naps about 30-45 minutes apart. They typically end up waking around the same time.
Since Bitsy Girl is still unsure of her self-feeding skills, I sometimes have to help her with her fork or spoon. It’s just easier on both of us if I focus on her having her lunch, and I eat my lunch later.
By the time I nurse one baby, prepare and feed the other lunch, and put both down for a nap, I am usually pretty exhausted and starving. And let me tell you, it is pretty hard to fix myself anything healthy for lunch after that ordeal.
Instead of trying to do that, today I made my lunch during Bitsy’s morning free play time, and I made enough for the next two days as well. I threw together a big salad of romaine, carrots, avocado, roasted chicken, and Italian cheese. I dressed it and put the bowl in the fridge.
When lunchtime came around, I could just pull the salad out of the fridge and serve myself some.
The best part: tomorrow the oil and vinegar will soak into the lettuce even more, making the salad slightly soggy. Yes. I like soggy salad. 🙂
In other news, I worked in our spare bedroom again today: