Survival mode!

August 10, 2016

How to survive having a newborn and a toddler…

1. Drink all the coffee. Breastfeeding? It’s fine, they will be fine. Drink the coffee.

2. Turn the TV on. I promise your toddlers little mind won’t turn to mush. Disney Junior to the rescue!

3. Wear your baby! Get a Solly Wrap and wear the heck out of that kid!

4. Have people over! Nothing more important than adult human contact AND they will help with the little angels. 😇😳 (I say have people over instead of get out of the house because we all know that’s nearly impossible!)

5. BUT seriously try to get out of the house whenever you can. If not you will most likely go insane, and possibly not brush your teeth for like 4 days straight.

6. Get some easy lunch foods and snacks for both you and your toddler. Peanut butter and jelly sandwich all day every day! Throw a hot dog in the mix when you feeling fancy! 💁🏼

7. When patience is wearing so very thin, breath deeply and repeat after me, “only 3 hours until bed time, only 3 hours until bed time.” If there happens to be longer then 3 hours until bed time, like let’s say, 10 hours. I’m sorry, lock yourself in the bathroom and eat a row of Oreos.

8. Let’s touch on the hide and eat cookies thing. This is no joke; I hide in my cupboard atleast 4 times a day to shove a cookie in my face. Survival.

9. Don’t even try and get anything done during nap time. Sit on the couch and finally get a moment to your self. Your sanity is greater then a clean house. (I wish I could listen to my own advice on this one)

10. Take time with your toddler! When your newborn isn’t eating, crying or pooping, spend one on one time with your toddler. Just a few weeks ago they had mama to themselves ALL the time so this is a huge change for them!

11. Remember this is hard but it’s all so very worth it! Being a mama to my sweet girls is the hardest, best, sweetest and most rewarding job!

XO Ashley

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  • Reply Cyn E. August 10, 2016 at 5:04 pm

    Thanks for sharing! Needed this today 😆. Momma of a 2-month boy and a 3-year-old boy and it’s nice to have encouragement to keep on “surviving” 😉! And to know I am not the only mother in survival mode.

    • Reply ashley August 10, 2016 at 5:42 pm

      You are so not alone!! So glad you enjoyed the post!! ❤️❤️❤️

  • Reply Adrienne August 10, 2016 at 5:37 pm

    I really, really needed to read this today, thank you! It has been one of those days. With a 5 week and 2.5 year old, I can totally relate.

    • Reply ashley August 10, 2016 at 5:41 pm

      That’s about what I have!! A 2 year and 3 month old and a 3 week old! We’ve got this!! 🙈❤️

  • Reply Andrea August 11, 2016 at 1:14 am

    I don’t know how I happened upon your blog but holy smokes am I glad I did! Every single sentence… SPOT. ON. A sigh of relief to hear I am not the only one hanging on with heaps of coffee and cookies (snuck when toddler eyes aren’t looking of course). Because it’s total survival mode in this house. We have a 1 month old and a 20 month old. The amount of crazy going on around here is on another level. And I thought one was hard?! 🙈 haha Thank goodness it is all so worth it. Thanks for your post! Made my day!!

    • Reply ashley August 11, 2016 at 4:31 am

      Thank you so much!! Your comment made my day! So glad you enjoyed the post! I laugh all the time because you think one is so hard then you loose your mind and have another! 😂😂You’ve got this mama! ❤️

  • Reply chelsea jacobs August 11, 2016 at 1:57 pm

    I just have the one baby but YES to all of the coffee. All of it.

  • Reply Chelsea August 12, 2016 at 12:44 pm

    This post is the shit. Coffee comment, aces. TV comment, bravo. But your hide & eat cookies comment, SPOT ON. You’re my new hero.

  • Reply Andrea Perullo August 12, 2016 at 1:50 pm

    Such great tips!!! Loved them!

  • Reply Melina August 12, 2016 at 1:55 pm

    Thank you for making me laugh out loud!! absolutely YES to everything! hahaha

  • Reply Claire August 12, 2016 at 3:38 pm

    Love, love, love this. I definitely want to see the photo ops with the toddler meltdowns and the baby melting into sobs, too. 💗

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