Three children, three years old and under, and the youngest is 2 days shy of three months old. And I am still here, and sane! Mission accomplished!
But I cannot take all the credit for this, I remember learning I was pregnant and telling my mother to book my white padded room for early June. Cue the heavy sarcasm!
But I have to admit, it hasn’t been as challenging as I thought it was going to be, but I think it is because I have a healthy supply of baby gear that helps me through the day since I am missing a third arm for my third child.
I have always been a huge fan of certain products for new parents, but I think my post today is really geared towards those of us who need to get through a new child joining our already chaotic households.
In turn, I put together the top 10 things that have kept me sane through the first three months, and while I couldn’t include everything and everyone that has kept me sane, I want to give a couple shout out’s to those not included:
My husband, my mother, my baby sitter, and RUM! Just kidding! But seriously, those three have been a world of help, even if they are just around assisting me or making sure my boys don’t set the house on fire while I am trying to bathe Addison. Great team work all around!
So without any further ado… my top 10!
1- Our Swing! 1 of 10
We have the Fisher Price Woodland Friends swing, I love it, although I should have opted for a plug in... not battery powered. We officially have stock in batteries!
2- ERGO Baby Carrier 2 of 10
Addie only likes to be worn in the ERGO. Although they don't suggest wearing them without the heart2heart insert before 4 months old, she hates it, so wrapped in a blanket it is!
3- The Bouncer! 3 of 10
10 minutes of sanity... as the baby chills out, or sleeps for an entire night in this thing. I think it is Addison's favorite place to sleep.
4- Hygeia Breast Pump 4 of 10
I don't know what I would be doing without it now! I didn't really pump with my older children, and this time around it has enabled me a small amount of freedom without worrying about supplementing which I have no desire to do!
5- BornFree Bottles 5 of 10
Which clearly go with the pump when we need it...
6- Wine! 6 of 10
Which also goes with the pump and bottles! LOL! I mean, lets face it... most of us mothers need a glass here and there to unwind. No, we aren't drunks or alcoholics, we are adults who enjoy some good vino!
7- iPhone 4 7 of 10
I honestly don't know how I parented before this thing existed. Seriously! Do you know how many baby related app's there are? I can tell you it has saved my sanity in the middle of night more than once. Not only that but it keeps me entertained while I am nursing, pumping, or stuck someplace longer than 10 minutes. Can you tell I have serious ADD?
8- Pandora Radio! 8 of 10
Addie prefers the Today's Country radio, but pacing the floors in the middle of the night is much more pleasant when you basically have music on demand.
9- Her Playmat 9 of 10
I actually won the PlaySkool Gloworld playmat last year at BlogHer... I think they jinxed me since we weren't planning on having anymore kids. Good thing my package wasn't delivered till 2 weeks before I found out we were expecting and didn't have time to pass it along.
It is a lifesaver for tummy time!
10- Mamas and Papas Snug 10 of 10
I had a Bumbo with my older children, but I am really enjoying the Snug, and so is Addie. We just started using it about 2 weeks ago, but she LOVES it! I think she feels like she is "part of the family" when she is being a big girl and hanging out in it!