Just Getting Out The Door Is Tough But Oh So Necessary For Our Sanity

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A simple family outing to the local taco truck can be an adventure in and of itself

Some of you may have noticed that the boys and I have already been out and about. Ty isn’t even a month old yet but we are already back on the streets of Seattle at least once a week. This may seem crazy. I’m supposed to be resting and bonding with my new little one. The problem (well not really a problem) is that I also have a toddler. Dek doesn’t care that he has a tiny new brother we are all supposed to just sit around and stare at all day.

Dek already loves the new baby and is proving to be an amazing big brother, but he needs a bit more stimulation in his life. Dek’s world didn’t stop when his baby brother was born. He is still an active little boy who needs to get out, run around and explore whatever is in front of him.

Dek loves being a big brother…usually

Sadly Dek has watched more Curious George over the past 9 months than I care to admit. Yet you will never meet a kid more desperate not to be watching TV. Because of this I’ve left the house. His brain and body need stimulation, and quite frankly, so do I.

I’m lucky. I feel like I have bounced back a little bit faster after having Ty than I did with Dek. The newborn thing isn’t so foreign to me. Yes, I now have to learn the ropes of juggling an infant and toddler, but at least I’m not starting completely from scratch. I’ve also had more help in the first few weeks of Ty’s life than I had with Dek. The grandparents have all come to the rescue, which means I have had time to regroup, rest and be with both my boys.

When we don’t leave the house the jumping mayhem ensues

This is not to say that life is easy or stress free. This week I’ve been home alone with the boys for the first time. I don’t have grandparents or the hubby to lend an extra hand. On top of all of this Dek is still a rambunctious, opinionated, potty training toddler, a combo that could take down my sanity on any given day. It has been chaotic. It has definitely not been restful. So far I’m amazed we make it out the front door at all, even just to grab a pastry down the street. We’ve all got to start somewhere.

My encouragement to you is this- if I can get two kids under the age of 3 out the door, you can definitely challenge yourself to get out of the house with your kids. It really is that first step that is the hardest. We can all take baby steps together. Because really, once you have shoes on a toddler and an infant in the car seat your day just has to get easier. It has to.

Can anyone else smell trouble in my future?

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  • Misha

    I was out the door fairly quickly with all of mine… although I still remember the trepidation of taking my twins out for the first time (to a baby nurse appointment). And of course it was a day that poured with rain!!!

  • Renee

    Congrats and Your Bundles of Joy are keeping you busy:) I have 3 nephews that are now teenagers – YIKES! Have a Great Day:)

  • Nat - Muddy Farmwife

    With all of my kids (except the first) we were out and about straight away, there is no choice when you have preschool and school comitments and you need to get to town for groceries.
    I am a big advocate of getting out early, I think it helps make resilient kids.
    Great action shots!

  • Sherry @ Family, Love and Other Stuff

    What a sweet family! Mine are 2 and 3 so if you can do it, so can I!

  • Danielle @ Royalegacy

    You definitely have two very cute kids.

  • Stephanie @ The Blue Zoo

    I have 4 boys. So I get it! Sitting at home and staring at the new one isnt always possible. lol

  • Tara

    So glad it feels a little like riding a bike. The boys are adorable. And you look amazing. 🙂

  • Taryn

    Great advice! I often find myself scared to go out and about in Beijing alone with Charlotte, but once I get over that fear (and get shoes on both her feet) we really do manage to have quite a bit of fun!

  • Tamara

    Lovely little boys. Of course you should be out and about. Still bonding with both. You toddler looks so happy

  • Me N my Monkeys

    Gorgeous photos! 🙂

  • Lisa

    Your boys are looking darling! It’s definitely easier to get out of the house with the 2nd child because you don’t have any other option. Katie was almost 7 when Emma and I came home from the hospital and had a busy summer camp schedule at the time. So right from day one, Emma and I had to drop her off and pick her up at the end of the day and once school started a few weeks later Katie had after school activities as well. I think that Emma became a much more flexible, easygoing child because of all the running around we did though.

  • Andi at The Particular Traveler

    I SO admire your ability to get out of the house (looking fabulous, by the way) AND finding time to write about it! I feel like I was completely out of it for the first 4 months after my daughter was born. You’ve given me some inspiration for when baby #2 comes along 🙂

    • © Keryn Means/ walkingon travels

      Oh I was a mess after Dek was born. I think knowing what to expect after the baby comes helped, along with a much easier delivery. That’s not to say that I don’t want to sit on the couch with a movie most mornings when both kids are up at 7am though 😉

  • InACents

    Watching George is a good thing, and part of our daily routine! I was actually surprised how educational it is, and our older son loves it. Unfortunately, it fills up a good majority of our DVR. Try explaining that to your wife when their is no room to record The Bachelorette. 🙂

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