If you catch up with me regularly on here you will know that G works away so I fly solo with this parenting lark in the week. Even before I had Little Lady organisation was key. For 3 days of the week I had to get Little Man up and out for the door and in nursery for 7.30 so I could be zooming down the motorway and in work for 8am. Now I am on maternity leave you would think that could slow down a bit but of course, with maternity leave comes a baby! Sam left nursery to go to preschool so although we don’t have to leave the house quite so early there is breakfast to be had, uniform to put on and bottle feeds to be given. This week is my first proper week flying solo but I have had a few mornings in the past couple of weeks on my own too and so far, so good. Don’t get me wrong there have been hiccups; I have had a baby that wouldn’t wind properly (which for a premature baby with reflux is not great) and Little Man in tears at Daddy leaving for work. Oh and Little Man tripping over the pushchair wheels on the walk to school and falling flat on his face. I thought I would share with you what has worked for us so far; here are my top tips for getting out of the door in time.
Have a plan – I organise everything, even things that don’t need organising but in this case a plan is necessary. Before I started going it alone, I sat down with a notepad and wrote down the time I needed to be out of the house and worked backwards from that. I even wrote down what time Little Man needed to be brushing his teeth. It may sound silly but for the first few times it helps to know what you should be doing and when especially when you are sleep deprived. It soon becomes ingrained in your brain and you can do it half asleep!
Do night before prep – I know everyone recommends doing this but it really does work. It is also the last thing you feel like doing once the kids are in bed but believe me when you’ve only had 4 hours sleep you will be thankful you did. I put all the clothes out, car seat, my bag, literally everything out the night before.
Make it into a game – Little Man is not a naughty boy in the morning but he does feel the need to do everything in slow motion! When I want him to get his shoes on I ask him if he thinks I can do it before I’ve counted to 10. He loves the challenge and I usually get what I need out of him.
Time the feeds – Little Lady feeds every 4 hours. When she came home from Neonatal the morning feed was at 8am. This left me with barely any time before we needed to leave so we moved it slowly back to 6am. This means the first thing I do, even before getting Little Man out of his room is feed her. She will usually sleep then while I am sorting breakfast and Little Man out.
Don’t stress – This is the hardest thing for me as if I think we are even running a little late I panic but stressing out only makes it worse. Keep calm and do the neccassities if you are running late. The house can be left in a mess and sorted out later and no one will know if you haven’t managed to get the baby out of their pyjamas, that’s what snowsuits are for
I hope that helps anyone who has a preschooler and newborn at home. Do you have any tips I haven’t mentiond