I'm learning now Tom is back at work that the key to feeling like you've got through the day successfully with two kids is organisation. Something I'll be honest about, I'm not massively good at!
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For the most part I worried about being able to love each child equally or know that they both felt like they had my attention and my time. The thought of Wilf possibly feeling pushed out gave me a lump in my throat and I know I'm so lucky that these past few months Tom has been around to give him attention when I've not been able to. Now he's back at work we are all feeling the change and I'm sure there are times when I'm not able to give either of them 'my all' and that's something that will take getting used to I think. Ultimately I know that 'sharing me' with a sibling isn't all bad and that the connection they have/will have with each other is definitely worth that.
A lot of having more than two children is about logistics I think, making sure I have things packed and ready to leave the house rather than rushing around doing it last minute whilst getting the other child's shoes on or persuading him to have a last wee.
I'm finding that the times I'm getting most stressed are meal times. Particularly lunch times as Tom is usually home by dinner time, it's often when they are both getting a bit tired and want something from me, the other day I couldn't get Wilf any lunch until almost two because I was stuck feeding the baby or trying to get her to sleep as she had been awake all morning.
What we are trying to do now is make sure we cook enough of our dinner the day before to be left for us (or at least me) for lunch. So this is where the title of this post comes in ;) I'm working with Friends of Glass again this year (remember when I did a cooking class with them and Cherry Healy?)
A great way to store meals, breakfasts (like the one above, yum!) and lunches are in glass bottles or kilner jars. We also use them to store grains and pulses (I love the way this looks on shelves, it also makes me feel really nostalgic for my parents home).
I didn't actually realise that glass is the only packaging material available that is 100% inert and 100% recyclable. So unlike other packaging that leach chemicals that are often hazardous to your health and change the way your food tastes; glass preserves and protects your food without adding anything. Not only that, glass is made from all natural materials and is infinitely recyclable without a loss in quality or purity.
So this is my new plan, storing food from the day before to make life a little easier. Fingers crossed it eases up those frantic moments in my day!
Lets have more of these moments -
In association with Friends of Glass