Mommy’s little helpers
While I’m not new to the game of having children, I don’t care how many you have, adding one more to the mix always makes things interesting.
There’s being reinitiated to sleepless nights, the cost of diapers and formula that you feel you are continually buying no matter how many you buy at a time and then there’s regular old life that keeps going on and doesn’t care if you just pushed a kid out of you, things still have to be done.
While I’d like to say I’ve handled getting back into the swing of things seamlessly and with an efficiency that would make June Cleaver jealous, the truth is, it’s still bit of a sticky wicket at times.
Thankfully, my veteran status as a mom and the help of my fiancé and family have made things easier and more manageable.
There are also some tricks and tips out there that have made being a mom of three a little bit more manageable. I’m going to share those with you because it’s true what they say, it does take a village, and that village also has its own tricks and tips that make life a little easier. Enjoy.
On the list of the things I can’t stand, grocery shopping is at the top of it. Add when I’m shopping with an infant, and I’d almost use the word hate. Thankfully, online grocery shopping came to town at just the right time.
Kroger ClickList is a service Kroger offers where you order your groceries online, choose a pickup time and pick them up at the store, without having to leave your car. I know it almost sounds too good to be true, but it is. While they do add on a $4.95 service fee after your third trip, if you’ve ever shopped with children, 5 bucks is a small price to pay for saving your sanity.
I’m sure there are people who love to wander through the aisles and shop with their children and, while I have never met those people, for the rest of us who dread shopping with our children, here’s an easier and more efficient way to get groceries.
Coffee mobile ordering
If you’re a new parent, coffee is an essential life line. Car rides are also a daily occurrence. There have a been a handful of times I have found myself on Highway 55 headed toward Manchester in hopes of getting a little one to finally give in and take a nap. And, of course when in Manchester, a coffee run to Starbucks is in order.
But keeping the car moving is the name of the game and that’s where mobile ordering comes in. Pick whatever you like via Starbucks mobile app, pay for it via the app, slide through the drive through and you back on the road with baby still asleep. I promise coffee never tasted as good when you get to actually drink it warm and in silence.
Media on demand
Enjoying television, books or really anything mediawise is difficult these days. When you’re having to sleep when the baby does, you find yourself missing out on your favorite shows and such.
Thank goodness for DVR’s, electronic books and even audio books. You can catch up or pause and come back to your show whenever you find a few minutes here and there. These days we even DVR the news.
This is the one where you can’t download an app and is a service that comes completely free of charge, thanks to the love of the family and friends. If they offer to make a meal, watch the older kids, clean or run an errand, let them. You will be back to being a super parent soon enough.