Preparing to give birth to your third child is so much different than preparing for the first two. You spend more time worrying about the two children you have at home than you do about the birth of your third child. Who will watch them? What do I do with the older kids if I go into labor in the middle of the night? We live far away from family, so these questions kept me up a ton at night.
The answer for calming my fears was to write out a schedule. I had a couple friends say they could step in and help, so I wanted them to be able to look at this schedule and not feel like they were drowning in the crazy that is my children.
I ended up tailoring the schedule to specific days once I found out I’d be induced, but the concept is the same. I basically typed out everything my then 1 year old and 3 year old did throughout the day.
When you move into the 3-kid category, life is all about organization. Each child seems to be on a totally different schedule and your job is to smoothly blend them all into one routine. For us, going from 2 kids to 3 kids was not much of a shock. Going from 1 kid to 2 kids was a much bigger adjustment. By the time you have 2 kids, you’ve probably already mastered the organization skills it takes to get a larger family operating smoothly.
If you find yourself in the same stressful situation I was in, please print off this free planner and fill it out! I know it will make you feel much better knowing you don’t have to worry about remembering to tell a family member or babysitter all the ins and outs of your children’s routine!