SWYM Tip #4 Get Out Of The House…Often!

Packing up one kid for an outing is challenging but add a couple more and it can be downright daunting.

I’ve learned that the longer I stay inside the house the more difficult the thought of going out becomes. The supplies (diaper bag full of diapers, wipes, snacks, bottles, extra clothes, and other survival items), the tantrums to get dressed, out of the house and into the carseat, the poopy diapers on the way out the door when I finally thought we were ready, ect.

Every time I do get out though I feel a sigh of relief, the change in environment can really perk up my mood as well as the kids. Some outings still end up being chaotic but the more you do it the easier it gets and you start to learn survival techniques for making it easier. I have seen a mom with one baby take 2xs as long to load up and leave a parking space as it usually takes me to load up all 4!

Here are some tips and suggestions for outings

1. Always have the diaper bag prepped, when you get back from an outing refill any non-perishables so it’s ready for the next trip.

2. Start out with small trips, a walk around the block, a drive to the mailbox, coffee at a Drive Thru Starbucks, ect. Shopping in large stores is trickier, especially once you get to the toddler age so try to go when you only need a few things and can get in and out quickly. Usually they can handle about 15 minutes of shopping before it starts to get ugly.

3. I love walks since I’m getting exercise, they are getting out of the house and usually the movement and view keeps them entertained. Trips to the ice cream store or to get a pizza are everyone’s favorite. Actually anything involving a tasty snack will usually do. Below are the girls having breakfast tacos before Mom heads into the grocery store. 

 

4. Play dates at homes and the park. These are a great way to wear the kids out and possibly have a few minutes of adult conversation. Join your local Mom/Parent group if you don’t yet have a good network, it’s worth it and really makes you feel sane when you know you are not alone on this unique parenting journey.

5. Use the trip as fun education, point out things on the way to teach them words, colors and counting. When we go on walks we use flowers in people’s gardens as a good color lesson and I get them to point and say things that they see and hear along the way.

6. Don’t stress out about what others are thinking…you most likely will deal with a public tantrum, messy situation or some other catastrophy at some point. I had one infant literally vomit all over herself, her car seat and the groceries when I was in a checkout line. Crazy stuff will happen, hopefully you will be able to laugh about it later and regardless you will know that you are stronger for just getting through it!

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SWYM Tip #3 Laundry 

The advise I wish I could follow…


Do at least 1 load of laundry per day. This means wash, dry, fold and put it all away. 

I’m not one of those women that loves housework, I actually hate it. If I don’t do it daily though, it builds up to catastrophic levels overnight, takes so much longer to actually finish and the simple sight of it is so overwhelming. Seriously, I’ve had nightmares about the endless stacks of clothes!

The washing and drying is the easy part, it’s the folding and putting away that always kills me. It probably doesn’t help that I have toddlers running around pulling things out of drawers and knocking neatly folded stacks on the floor every time I turn around.

Use your naptimes and bedtime very wisely. (I think this rule probably applies to dishes as well 😉)

Breakfast French Toast Casserole

I’ve been tweaking this recipe for the past few weeks but I think I finally got it where I really like it. All previous versions were devoured by the kids within hours of coming out of the oven so I think it’s pretty hard to mess it up. Depending on the cooking time it can be made soft like bread pudding or more crispy like toast. I like it in the middle personally (crunchy on the outside and moist on the inside). You can eat it just as is or add fresh whipped cream, butter, syrup or a simple sweet sauce.

Basic recipe

  • 2 eggs
  • 2 tablespoons melted butter
  • 2 cups brown sugar (or white if you prefer)
  • 2 tablespoons Vanilla (other sweet spices that would work nicely are Cinnamon, Cardamom, Nutmeg, ect)
  • 2 1/2 cups milk (Use partial cream or half/half if you like it more rich)
  • 3 1/2 to 5 cups bread depending on your dish size, cut into 1-inch cubes (I like using Raisin Challah but any thick cut bread will work, Cinnamon Raisin, Sourdough, French, Ect)

Customizing it

Fruit – This is where you can really put your own spin on it…Raisins, Cranberries, Granny Smith Apples, Peaches, Blueberries, Cherries, Raspberries, Bananas….one fruit or a combo, have fun with it. Today I made one with fresh blueberries and peaches and one with apples and dried cranberries.

Nuts – Sprinkle some on top if you would like a little added crunch. Chopped pecans, almonds, walnuts, your pick!

Set oven to 350 degrees. Cut the bread and fruit and mix together in your baking dish. Mix all the wet ingredients and spices in a separate bowl.I used fresh peaches so I removed the skins first.Pour over the bread mixture making sure everything is well saturated. Bake for about an hour. The actual time will depend on what you want the final texture to be. I usually bake for about 65 min. It will look puffy when you first take it out and then will settle as it cools.Serve warm or at room temperature. Enjoy!

SWYM Tip #1


This will be the beginning of my “Surviving with Young Multiples” section. I will try to give at least one tip a week to help out others who have little ones of the same or close to the same age.

The acronym for the title is very suiting since I know at times I have definitely felt like I was drowning in dirty laundry, dishes, diapers, bottles, ECT with very little sleep. The first months are usually a blur for most new parents but having multiples makes it much crazier.

Tip #1 Batch Cooking

Whether you are a “make it from scratch” or a “premade mixes” sort of person the key is to try to make at least a few meals worth at a time so one day’s work eases up the following day’s responsibilities. The extra food can be stored in the fridge or freezer.

Breakfast foods like pancakes, waffles, mini quiches, muffins and breads are all great examples. I make large batches of all of these and freeze most of it and put a couple of day’s worth in the fridge.

Pastas, casseroles, chilis, stews and soups are all great examples of lunch and dinner foods that store well too. If you have room in the garage or basement having a separate freezer comes in really handy. We originally bought ours to store frozen breastmilk while the babies were in the NICU but I honestly don’t know what I’d do without it these days.