DAILY ROUTINES.

Baby, LIFESTYLE, toddler

I sit here peacefully in my room with no disturbing yells of ” mommy this or mommy that”. I actually have a space to myself, I can type on my computer with no child grabbing or pressing a key note. This feels amazing. Wondering where the kids are? They are asleep! Sleeping at 8pm is a miracle. I’m never used to this life hehehe!
You wonder why its such a big deal to me? I will tell you why.
Before I had kids, l was told to sleep train my children. I had lots of experienced moms advice me to sleep train my kids as early as possible but guess what? It fell on deaf ears.
Fast forward to the present, I have a 3yr old and a 19month old baby and they sleep when ever they want. Yes,you heard me. It all started with, we are not going any where so they can sleep any time and that was because I was on maternity leave. They will sleep when I am sleeping and l normally don’t sleep early so they will stay up with me. Because of this act, I can’t get anything done when I get back from work.One reason why I haven’t been writing.
Its so hard for me to do anything; Cooking, cleaning you name it.

I do most chores when they are asleep,especially cleaning which l do very late at night. Honestly, its not easy trying to balance full time job with the two girls and I know its because l don’t have a routine. Life would have been so much easier if I instilled that in them when they were younger, but its never too late.
I have started and so far we’re working on it. We’re getting some where. One of my biggest resolution for this year, is to have some routine for the family.
Such as under listed below:
• when I get back from work, I go straight to the kitchen and make dinner( days that my husband is home, he prepares dinner)
• After dinner, we just hang around for a bit just to catch up with them.
• Bathing time is always fun time.
• Book time . I can read one book like 50 times. Lol
• Hot chocolate/milk time
• Since they will sleep when I sleep, I just stay in their room,lock the door,turn off the light then we all sleep in their bed singing rhymes until they sleep or I do(hahaha, 40% of the time cus I am tired). I go to my room once they are asleep.
As a piece of advice to all expecting mothers, please don’t be like me. Especially when you will be returning to work. Make sure you have Some routine in your life. You may not be 100% adherent to it, but having one just brings some order in your life .
I hope this year will be good to us.

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WHAT’S IN MY DIAPER BAG?

Baby

Recently I am all about minimalist approach when it comes to my girls and other things. Literally, I am done with packing the whole house when I am going out with the girls. I remember when I first had Abby, my diaper bag was huge. I will pack a whole lot and truth be told, I didn’t really need all the junk I did pack.
This time around, I know better and one improvement I can testify about is my packing skills.I go out with what I need and also depending on where I am going is how I pack the items. At the moment I am using a Zara office city bag as my diaper bag. I got this bag for the office but it has been converted into a diaper bag. The reason why I love this bag is the compartments and the size. Let’s take a look at what’s in my diaper bag…

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I like to pack snacks for my toddler and carry an extra bottle of milk(either breast milk or formular) for the baby. At the end of the day, it depends on where we are going with the baby. Sometimes, I just end up breast feeding her instead of bottle feeding. I always take a sippy cup for my toddler because she is always thirsty. Also, she hasn’t  mastered  using the cup so I prefer to pour all her drinks in the sippy cup.

 

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In the bigger compartment, I have hair brush in case of messy hair, scented diaper trash bags, nail clipper, hand sanitizer, pacifier, tylenol, band aid, rattle and the nursing cover. I also use the nursing cover to shield her in the car seat.

What I have in the gray bag: change of clothes for the girls, drool bip and burp cloth.  I  pack the clothes according to the weather as well.

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The third compartment is where I keep the diapers(I pack 2 diapers for each child), changing pad(washable), baby wipes and Vaseline.

The reason why I did not add any of my items in the diaper bag is beacause, I use a small crossbody bag for my wallet, keys and makeup bag. It is easier and faster for me whenever I want to take out my wallet.

These are the things I always bring with me in the diaper bag.  What do you keep in your diaper bag that you can’t live without? Thank you for reading.

Love, Whitney