I cannot believe that I go back to work next week! Nine months of maternity leave have flown by and now in creeps the Mummy Guilt of getting ready to leave Jessica to go back to work. Reuben is already used to going to preschool so this won’t make too much difference to him (I hope) but Jessica is still so small……….
The more I think about going back to work the more things start to play on my mind. The biggest being how the hell am I going to do it all? How will I fit in what I do now AND 29 hours at work? But most importantly;
How to get to work on time with more than one child?
It was always a struggle to get out of the house on time with just Reuben. You know what it is like with, then two year old. Mornings would consist of “Let’s get you dressed Reuben”, “Can you eat your breakfast Reuben” and “Reuben we’re running late, come on”. Even now, with being on maternity leave I am still having the same battles but it is harder with a three year old. A three year old is stubborn. A three year old finds it funny to run around without his pants on! I only just get him to preschool for 9.30am, and I’m up at 6.30am!
Now I have to get a three year old and an 8 month old out of the house by 7.40am (latest) so that I can avoid as much of the rush hour traffic, drop them off at nursery and preschool (thank goodness they’re on the same site) and get to work by 9am. So how am I going to get work on time with more than one child?
I decided to ask some of my fellow bloggers who already have loads of experience on getting to work on time with more than one child, because the only way I could see it happening was for me to be up at 5am. That is not going to happen if I can help it!
Here’s what the lovely ladies said on how to get to work on time with more than one child.
Amanda from Delightful Note
Prep the night before. Have everything laid out. Their stuff, your stuff, clothes, food, everything you need so you can just get dressed and go!
Emily from Confessions of a Slummy Mummy
Routine! If you do it the same way every day everyone knows what to expect. Always aim to leave 15 minutes before the time you need to allow for anything out of the norm.
Irina from Wave to Mummy
Prep all the bags and clothes the night before, for kids and yourself. Have your showers the night before so morning preparation takes less time.
Hollie from Thrifty Mum
Get up before they do and don’t switch the TV on or try to sit down. You basically just have to keep moving! I’ve had to do this with a newborn and 18 month old and the key is not stopping.
Danielle from Someone’s Mum
We prepared everything the night before. Clothes out, breakfast set out to go with only milk etc to pour. Then, we tag teamed. I would get one dressed while he showered, then we swapped. It was a well oiled machine. Until, you know, one vomited or something!
Jenna from Then There Were Three
I always get everything sorted the night before and get myself ready first. I’m usually out of the house for 7am and it saves so much time!
Sara from Mind Your Mamma
They say allow yourself 15 mins per child (plus you) to just get out of the door! It’s not easy – make sure you prep all you can the night before (their bags for the day, for example, what you’re wearing, your lunch if you take it) Try and stay calm and take some deep breaths if it gets too much. You can do this! And as you get into a routine it’ll get a bit easier too!
Steph from Mental Parentals
We have a rule that no one goes downstairs for breakfast until they’re dressed, teeth brushed and showered (face washed for kids). Then we go downstairs to eat, have a drink and pick up our prepared lunches & bags to head out of the door. You can do this!
Some reassuring advice guys (especially as some of you are out the door by 7am). Thank you all so much. Fingers crossed.
I’ve got this! (I hope)