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Because three kids are hard, and despite having a pretty good routine now that we are back in school, it only takes one tiny wheel to fall off the track to derail the entire thing. So last night, there were a few extra steps to get all three in bed so that I could get a few hours of sleep before the first feeding of the night because nursing ain’t easy. Here is how it all went down.
Put pants on the toddler who is potty training and running around pantless for reasons unknown. Tell him a million times to settle down so you can get baby to bed a little earlier since he missed his nap.
Give up and let him run outside with his father while you get baby to bed a little easier since he did, in fact, miss that nap. This won’t backfire at all.
Nurse and rock fussy baby for the next 30 minutes. You’ve skipped bathtime because he had one earlier in the day and he’s tired.
Chase toddler outside. Wonder where the eldest is. Wonder where their father just disappeared to because he was just here.
Step five and six:
Discover baby has woken up and put pants on him too. There seems to be a theme here. Apparently, getting him to bed earlier did backfire. Go back to step two and skip it. Rock him again until toddler runs upstairs announcing at a very loud decibel that he too must sleep. Again without pants.
Step seven thru ten:
Realize toddler wheel and daddy wheels are off track today. We’ve derailed. Come up with a quick solution. Quick baths with Johnson’s® Baby® cleansing cloths for the baby who is now giggling at toddler’s shenanigans. Dress him in comfy PJs. Catch toddler by the toe and wipe him down as well. Have daddy put a night time training pant and actual pants. Going to bed refreshed will help us start over, and hour after we should have done it right the first time.
Step eleven thru fifteen:
Shush toddler. Send toddler back to bed. Hold in laughter. Shush laughing baby. Tuck laughing toddler back in bed.
Step sixteen thru twenty:
Wave back at daughter who walks by the boy’s room. In her day clothes. At 8:10 pm. Ten minutes past bedtime. Wonder where derailed father is. Drag her back to the bathroom, turn on the shower and hand her Johnson’s® Baby® extra moisturizing wash. Inform her that her shower must be quick and not an audition for America has Talent. Tell her to turn her nose back down.
Step twenty-one and twenty-two:
Talk toddler out of jumping out of bed and joining his sister. He really loves bathtime but I am worn out. Pray. For patience and peace but mainly for the boys to fall asleep.
Once boys are asleep, stop, drop, and roll out of the room like the ninja mom I am.
Step twenty-four and twenty-five:
Have my eldest read her story to me because that is how we do bedtime stories now, also have a five-minute argument as to why we cannot act it out as a play because it is thirty minutes past her bedtime and there will be no wardrobe changes.
Step twenty-six and twenty-seven:
No clue what these steps really are because I am dragging my own feet to the shower at this point (their bathroom to use their Johnson’s® Baby® wash because Mr. Garza loves how it smells) but they smell amazing and are finally all asleep…until 2/3rds of my offspring end up in my bed at 5am.
Morning selfie with mama and my brother’s toes. 😉
No, three kids are not easy and I am no expert on what to do. But I can tell you this is real life and in this life, I am grateful for Johnson’s® Baby® cleansing cloths because at least I was able to cut out a few steps from an already exhaustive evening.