Going from only having to take care of myself to all the sudden being responsible for another life made me nervous. Thankfully I was able to take care of an infant and learn day by day how to get other things done as well, which isn’t easy. The hardest years of Motherhood in my opinion is when the kids are little, but then again what do I know because I haven’t hit the teenage years yet.
It really wasn’t until I was pregnant with my 3rd son that I worried if I could manage it all including getting somewhere on time. I’m very anal about being on time, but it’s a bigger challenge to get somewhere when you’ve got a preschooler, toddler, and an infant to get ready as well as a packed diaper bag. Unfortunately having a third child slowed me down a lot as far as venturing out and about, but when it was necessary I did just fine. Thank goodness!
Now a days we are in the school years and getting three boys ready for school and getting there on time has it’s own set of challenges. At this point the grades are Preschool, Kindergarten, and 3rd grade . . . and did I mention yet they are all boys. Keeping them on track isn’t easy, but thankfully I’ve added 15 minutes onto our morning, which I call built in piddle time.
Piddle time allows for a tired son who won’t listen, that “Mommy I have to poop” time, the “I can’t find my shoe” time, the “I don’t like these pants and I want to change” time, or whatever time is needed. If all is well and they’ve managed their morning time without fooling around then that time is used to play. They LOVE it even when they have as little as 2 minutes to play.
So may I suggest, to lesson your stress whenever you have to be somewhere with children, to add on at least 15 minutes. It’s made a world of difference in our home and hopefully it does the same in yours.