In this posts sister article I wrote “5 Things You Stop Caring About by the Fifth Kid” (can be found here). The first post focused on things that we stop really worrying about by the fifth child; now we’re going to indulge your minds with what you start to TRULY care about by baby number five.
1. Schedules. There’s this new trend I’ve seen around the last few years are parents following their kids for the scheduling; meals, sleepytime, anything. I get the idea, I truly do, freedom and going with the flow..but man! How? My leinant schedule is the only thing that keeps me sane most days; all the power to you guys, but seriously, when there’s five making their own schedules…I wouldn’t survive.
2. “Bugs”...the kind they share with each other! Seriously, it’s the scariest thing when one child begins coughing and I have that realization hit; they shared their cup with another a few hours earlier. No, I say, NO! You take those germs back! Once there’s a sickness in the house, it does not get out. The same goes for those pesky little lice. We recently had an outbreak at school and when the school nurse called, my first reaction was “Which one should I treat first? And which second? And who looks like I can wait until the morning?” Because, yes, they travel between each kid as well.
3. Meal Planning. My friend Mindi got me into this more than any one else and ever since she did, I am thankful for it. Feeding seven people is hard work; figuring out what you are going to feed those seven people at 3pm with no idea whats left in your fridge is near impossible. We don’t always meal plan as extensively as some families, I know those who plan months in advance, but we do try to stay a few days ahead. Being a stay at home mom makes that easier for us!
4. Cleaner rooms. I know, this one seems a little weird right? The more time you have the more you can clean bedrooms. That’s very true. But when it’s 8:17am, you need to get the kids to school and yourself to an appointment and a pair of shoes have been lost in a room that hasn’t been picked up in ten days? You begin to understand why your mother came into yours with a trashbag every few months. I’ve yet to do that, but I am pretty close some days. Today we spent 30 minutes looking for a tee shirt.
5. Dishwashers. Dear Lord, dear people reading this. Please convince my husband to buy us a dishwasher. I spend at least an hour a day doing dishes. When you have seven people eating…it’s a whole lot of dishes!
Mamas to many out there, what are your tricks of the trade you need once you have so many