One of my biggest challenges with two kids, besides leaving the house before 11 am, is getting out and deciding where to go. The park and Target tend to be our go-to's, but the park loses its luster after the second trip in the same day, and I find it physically impossible to leave Target for under $100 and that's and expensive outing for toilet paper and thank you cards. :)
Plus, and please understand that I'm not complaining here, I'm back in the breastfeeding world, where life happens in 2-3 hour increments and I immediately base my schedule off whether I would whip out my boobs at a proposed destination.
Side story- I have a vivid memory of visiting CA Adventure when A-girl was 1 month old to ride the new Toy Story ride before our passes expired. I was sitting on one of those concrete benches surrounding a planter trying to figure out how to get my boob out without scarring small children more than seeing Mickey without his head on.
We've slowly been venturing out more and more, even attempting church this last weekend. I thought that being a "veteran" mom, the going-out-dance would be easier. But now with two kids, its turned from a dance into a full-on choreographed musical.
Step 1- Decide where to go. This can take minutes or hours.
Step 2- Decide if I'm presentable enough to leave the house. The new rule is "Less than 2 stains on any one article of clothing is acceptable."
Step 3- Dress everyone. Again, can take minutes or hours! Change diapers.
Step 4- Pack the diaper bag, which now contains two sizes of diapers, enough wipes to clean a Volkswagon, two baby outfits, as many pacifiers as I can spot in case of the inevitable dropping with no good place to clean it, snacks, nursing cover,
Step 5- Get everyone to the car. Open every car door... put the baby or the toddler in first? Bag in the front seat, back seat, or by the stroller in the trunk? Do I have enough blankets? Did I bring my own wallet? Did I even pee?
Step 6- At least one trip back to the house for something that was forgotten.
Step 7- Change baby's diaper again.
Step 8- Pull away from the house. Breathe a sigh of relief mixed with trepidation. Know that we have enough food and diapers to be gone 24 hours, but that we'll have to be back in 45 minutes for the little one's next feeding.
We've been brave enough to go out a few times, and I even took both kids to the park BY MYSELF this morning. I was waiting for a medal and a little parade when I got home with everyone alive. Alas, no medal or even a tiny parade. Just requests for feeding from the kids, so I attempted to breastfeed and make a PB&J simultaneously. It was...interesting.
A few pics of the kids for your viewing enjoyment.