Summer is quickly coming to an end (in fact, in our town, school started three weeks ago!), so now is the time to take advantage of these last sunny days.
In June, it seems like there is so much summer ahead, but with it winding down, it’s the perfect opportunity to squeeze in a few more warm weather activities with your family. Try one or all of these and enjoy the sight of those little dimpled knees and elbows in swimsuits and shorts. Don’t forget the sunscreen!
It doesn’t matter how many books or websites you read, when the big moment comes where you’re a parent, you make some goofy little mistakes.
I rectified some of them with my second daughter (although I’m sure I’ve made a whole set of new ones). Here are nine that stand out to me as rookie errors my husband and I made:
They are SO cute! And better yet, they’re just crazy useful. They zip shut, weigh practically nothing, and are machine-washable.
Here’s a few ways I love to use them:
- Wet swimsuits. Nothing worse than soaking the seat of your car with a wet swimsuit.
- A yucky diaper when no garbage is around. Sometimes you get stuck somewhere that has no garbage cans, but you want to keep it from leaking all over everything else while you get it home.
- Clothing that’s been spit-up on. Those babies! They just don’t know to stop throwing up their little lunches.
- Used wipes. Ever grabbed a wipe to clean off a messy face or hands and then had nowhere to stick them? No more!
- Filthy shoes. Little ones seem to know just where those muddiest spots are. And you don’t want those shoes all over the carseat or stroller.
My oldest child got a ton of one-on-one time with me. She was my only child, I was a stay-at-home mom, and her life was basically one long session of time with me.
And then my second child was born, and suddenly there was a lot of competition for my attention. Because my younger daughter napped more, I still had a lot of time with just my older child, but squeezing in time with just my second child has proved to be tricky.
I’m getting a little better at it as she gets older, though. Here are a few ways I’ve figured out how to make it work:
In some ways, adding a second child to the family is a big adjustment. Now you’re juggling two personalities and the needs of two tiny children. And you have to learn all about what your new baby is like, and help your older child navigate a new place in the family. It’s not for wimps!
But every now and then, I look at my two little girls and think, “This is actually easier than having one baby was!”