For any new mom of two, it’s so, so easy to stay within the confines of the house. Rounding up a toddler and a baby in an infant carrier to the car seems as energy draining as running a July marathon in Texas. (Surely these do not exist.) All of a sudden, I find myself in the all-day, everyday position of cruise director to two (adorable) 2 years old and under tiny kiddos. As such, we simply must escape the house during the week. All three of us need a change of scenery on occasion to keep peace and harmony!
I’ve created something akin to a little kid summer bucket list, but I’m actually taking it a step further and writing them onto my calendar. I need that kind of structure. However, there is grace to call it a pajama day when the occasion arises. Some activities will be recurring, like weekly story time at Barnes & Noble. Others will be splash park days, zoo days, and whatnot. I think giving my littles and me an outing to aim for will help motivate
me us to get moving.
Maybe it’s the jump from 1 to 2 children that I’m still getting used to, but I’m having a little trouble finding my groove on loading all 3 of us up. If we have a hard and fast deadline to be somewhere, I’m great. For example, the type-A rule follower in me had it in my head that my little guy was “tardy” if we weren’t at MDO on time. But on-my-own days? If we’re not dressed by 9, it seems like we don’t make it further than the backyard that day. I’ve been giving myself a deadline of leaving the house by 10, yet somehow, it doesn’t matter what time we start getting ready, we’re always, always later than that!
As time goes on, I’ll hopefully improve. One thing I’ve done is set my alarm earlier so I’m ready before the kids are up. It’s not working. Somehow, they’re reading my mind and purposely waking up 10 minutes before it goes off no matter what time of day. Seriously. How do they know?
Do you have any tips and tricks for getting out of the house with little kids? What are your favorite summer activities around Cowtown?