Hello blogging world! I am back! Sadly, it has been a long time since my last post but never fear, I have a whole slew of topics bouncing around in my head that are just dying to get out! Hopefully over the next few weeks I will be able to share some of them with you. So where have I been, you might ask. Why haven’t I been blogging or updating my Facebook page? I think this picture about sums it up….
Levi is why. This is what happened when I turned my back for 5 seconds today. 5 seconds yall! And really, this was mild. I won’t go into the weekly toilet incidents or tell you how many things I have fished out of the toilet. I don’t even use gloves anymore! When I was big and pregnant with this sweet babe, people would often assure me, “the 3rd child is always the easiest.” And to that I say Ha! Levi is arguably our hardest child. In fact, as it turns out, my 17 month old bouncing boy is a bonafide thrill seeker. This kid has no fear! He can climb anything and will jump off anything. So, in short, the reason I have been absent on this here blog is because I love my kids and don’t want them to die. I mean, really I could say “I have three boys, ages 5 and under” and I think that also speaks for itself. Boys don’t just eat you out of house and home. They also get hurt–a lot. No lollygagging on the job for me! Pretty much every time I pick up my phone or check out for a couple minutes I hear the phrase “Mom! There’s blood!” We easily go through a box of band-aids every week. Batman themed, Trolls, Avengers, Minions–we’ve had them all. Owen is convinced they are magic stickers that have healing powers. Thanks Disney. Who would have thought that band aids could effect your bank account. Anyway, moving on…I do actually have a topic that I want to talk about today!! We are smack dab in the middle of the summer! I live in Texas which means it is ridiculously hot and sticky. Water play has become a weekly staple and I have a few hacks that I think could be beneficial to other Mom’s.
Hack Number One:
Spray sunscreen. It’s a game changer y’all! I have always been opposed to these type of sunscreens. They have several ingredients that are less than ideal, they carry on the wind and get in people’s eyes and mouths, and they can cause asthma if breathed in. That being said, spray sunscreens are the best thing ever!!! First off, the “healthier alternatives” are ridiculously expensive. Second off, when I use the expensive stuff, it takes forever to rub it into their skin. Third, aint nobody got time for that! Bottom line, I am too busy keeping my kids alive to spend 5+ minutes on each individual child endlessly rubbing in thick sunscreen that smells like butt paste. Blurg!!! With spray sunscreen you can literally line them up in a row, spray, rub it in for 10 seconds, turn them around, spray, rub it in for 10 more seconds and be DONE! Fun in the sun here we come!
Hack Number Two:
Extra towels. Never bring one per person. There is always some unforeseen reason or event that will end in your children having an epic fight over who gets Mom’s towel. A few weeks ago, one of our towels got soaked in pee. Levi had a hand in that. 😉 Did I mention that he is obsessed with toilets?? Thank goodness we had extra towels!
Hack Number Three:
Bring along the tear free baby shampoo. Whether we are going to the splash pad, a friends pool, or even to our own backyard to play in the baby pool, I have started bringing along our trusty foaming babyorganics shampoo (the organic part is to make up for the spray sunscreen 😉 😉 ). The last thing I want to do after coming home from a long day in the sun is put forth any ounce of effort. I want to lock Levi down in the high chair, turn on some cheesy kids show and VEG OUT. Junk food for everyone (okay so I guess the organic shampoo is kind of a moot point)! Seriously though, who wants to peel off wet clothes and give three starving kids a bath? Not me! Nope nope nope. Here’s what I do instead…while we are still at the splash pad, about 5 min before I’m ready to dry them off, I lather them up with shampoo and send them back out onto the splash pad for a couple of minutes. When they come back, they come back clean! Well, clean enough for me anyway. It’s basically the same thing at the pool or at home in your yard. When they are done with the waterworks, lather them up and then spray them down with a hose. Works every time.
Hack Number Four:
Put your kids in matching clothes. Cheesy I know, but when you are at a giant water park or even at the local splash pad, it is helpful to be able to easily identify all of your kids. I don’t even say their names in my head anymore…I just make sure I count three Treherne’s and we’re good. :’)
**disclaimer** No children were hurt in the making of this blog post. This was the product of a well utilized nap time. Incidentally, because of a day at the pool, all three kids are asleep at the same time. Basically my thought process was, either I could clean up the diapers or write a blog post. 🙂