Lakyn’s Litter: Lessons Learned | Lifestyles

In four short days we will have been a family of five for three full months. It wasn’t easy, but it was so much better than I could have imagined. Maybe it has something to do with Rynlee sleeping 10-12 hours a night or how we managed to keep the other two on their schedules, but honestly the navigation was mostly smooth. . Now that I’ve been a mom to three for about 90 days, I think it’s my job to share a few lessons I’ve learned during this short time.

# 1: If a child gets sick, they will all get sick. No ifs, no buts about it. No matter how much GermX, Lysol, or Containment we practice, there is no way to prevent all three children from getting sick to some extent. Luckily we haven’t experienced a serious illness yet, but surviving KJ’s ear infection, Bradley’s cold, and Rynlee’s sinuses, I dread the day we meet a case of the flu, strep or COVID. Guess it’s time for us to invest in a multivitamin that doesn’t come in a gum form.

# 2: Three children are DEAR. (Disclaimer: this should really be # 1 on the list). Between daycare expenses, buying formula, having two diapers in diapers, paying doctor bills, and more, it doesn’t take long for your paycheck to disappear before you even pay. monthly notes and utilities. If you add up the current inflation prices, we have the chance to escape our grocery shopping without having to sell a child (especially a joke). Don’t even get me started with Christmas shopping. I will really only love shopping for two kids this year, as Rynlee’s gifts will consist mostly of diapers, wipes, and formula. Next year will be a whole different story for us, however.

# 3: It’s important to create a routine and schedule for your kids. Fortunately, I learned this lesson when KJ was a few months old, but it has continued to be a beneficial aspect of our livelihood. By introducing and applying routines to our children, we are able to know what to expect and when to expect it from our children. So far, we have been successful in preventing children from sleeping, feeding, eating and playing without overlapping. What this means to us is that when just one of us keeps the kids alone, we don’t have to worry about Rynlee needing a bottle while trying to get Bradley ready for it. bed and fall asleep. At the end of the day, you have to do what works best for you and your family, but our family wouldn’t survive without it.

# 4: If it’s not a super important event, chances are we’re not. I never understood moms who would turn down events because it was too much work to take all the kids, but I fully understand it now. Trying to get me to pack and load a 3 month old changing bag, a rebellious almost 2 year old and a very opinionated 3 year old dressed and loaded in the car is not for the weak. It’s a struggle to get out of the house every morning to daycare. The few times we’ve all ventured into town together have been an adventure to say the least.

In case we all manage to appear presentable in public, there’s a good chance the outing will interfere with one of their naps. If there is a caddy or stroller involved, Bradley Kate will collapse after five minutes resulting in the transport of a 2 year old linebacker while attempting to navigate a caddy with an independent co-pilot named KJ.

# 5: Being a mom (especially to three kids) has been the most demanding and rewarding job I’ve ever had. I have been humiliated in the past 3.5 years more times than the previous 26 years combined. I’ve changed countless diapers, washed endless loads of laundry, mended and cleaned endless bottles, wiped snotty noses all year round, lost several nights of sleep and maybe even cried for me. ‘fall asleep once or twice. But I have also never known such a strong love.

As you grow up you hear your parents say, “You will understand when you have your own children.” And, my boy, are they right. From the moment they laid your baby on your chest, nothing else in the world could ever compare. I’m still so ashamed of all the tears I wasted after finding out I was pregnant with Rynlee. Fortunately, our God knows better than we do his plan for us. I will always be grateful for his timing and that he knew our family needed Rynlee Ann