When people find out I have two sets of twins, one of their comments is almost always, "Wow, how do you do it?"
Truthfully, I've never had an answer for that question. I'm just doing the best I can with what God equipped me with. Well, that and a healthy dose of Paxil.
I don't know anything other than multiple multiples. Hand me a singleton child and I'd probably struggle and want to throw myself into oncoming traffic.
Twins...that's my thing.
So, how do I do it?
Well, I suppose my type-A control freak personality comes into play and seems to be a huge advantage when it comes to being a mom of multiple multiples. I'm a huge planner and I crave organization and harmony.
When my kids were younger, I could tell you exactly what time they'd be napping, eating a meal, crapping in their diapers EVERY. SINGLE. DAY. because I was such a schedule nazi. Friends and family would scoff at my inability to be more flexible.
Too freakin' bad...it wasn't them who would be up at 2:00 am with two wide-awake babies who had napped all day long.
Then, of course, there were those well-meaning people who fed me their unsolicited advice based.
Like my MIL who was convinced Bella would end up with shaken-baby syndrome because Bella preferred the fastest speed in her baby swing. It was the only way she would sleep for a period of time.
Sure, life has certainly become easier now that my kids aren't dependent on naps, eating schedules and diapers any longer.
But that hasn't stopped my tendency to control all things possible in order to lesson the chaos in my life.
And this is where meal planning comes into play. I used to laugh at those people who planned their meals out a week in advance...until I started doing it and realized how essential it is to keeping the peace in our home.
How does meal planning keep the peace in our home, you might be wondering?
Well, first off, the kids help me plan the meals. Every Saturday, I ask each of them to come up with one of their favorite meals to put on the planner.
You may notice some of the meals above are repeated week from week...because my children are creatures of habit and I'm fine with that. So Tim and I have to suffer through eating french toast for dinner almost every single week but it's less food I have to waste and that makes me happy.
Plus, when I go grocery shopping, I know exactly what I need to buy...and what I don't need to buy. I've saved a ton of money on groceries since beginning this whole "weekly meal planning" strategy.
Another way I stay in control is this ultra-cool calendar that Tim bought me for Christmas. Does my man know me or what?
I love that each family member has his/her own little area where activities, appointments or whatever can be written in.
Yes, I'm so anal I even have the damn "change water filter" reminder written on there because I will forget if it's not written somewhere.
The "journal" note is something I just started doing again recently. Once a week, I'll write in these adorable little journals I have for each of the kids.
Simple, a little personal note to them about what's happened in their life within the last month and things I want them to know, specifically just for them.
I started doing this about 2 years ago and...well, then life got in the way. But I'm back in the habit again, especially now that I have it written in my calendar as a reminder.
So, my friends, that is how this mother of multiple multiples does it, without losing her sanity. In case you ever wondered.
How do you manage it all?
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