Life With 3 Is A "Breeze"... Said No Mom Ever. Except Now.
I remember reading somewhere that, when surveyed, the average Mom of Three (MOT) said that her biggest challenge with three kids was that she only had two arms. I read this little tidbit long before I even entertained the thought of having a third baby and it's amazing how quickly after birthing our newest addition that I looked around the OR wondering where a third (and let's face it, fourth) arm might be hiding.
Sure, all moms could use an extra hand (or two, or ten). It's one of those Shared Motherly Desires that bonds together those of us in the trenches, specifically when our offspring are acting particularly, what's the word... hellacious.
For me, my biggest challenge is often navigating parking lots and crossing streets while simultaneously trying to herd what feels like a pack of feral cats but is really just my 4 year old and 2 year old. It's in those moments that I wish I could tie them both to the baby's stroller and drag them close behind me.
Which baby product company offers that stroller attachment? Hello, cash cow!
Although our home environment is much less stressful than, say, a parking lot full of cars, I continue to struggle with Having Two Arms And Three Children (HTATC. Look it up, I'm certain it's a syndrome).
Can you picture me trying to spread peanut butter on a sandwich, build a garbage truck from only red and yellow Duplo blocks (exasperated sigh, MOM!) while nursing the baby and pry an overzealous two year old down from the kitchen table? If you can, then you just witnessed yesterday's twelve o' clock hour in our home, just one out of the twenty-four hours in the day.
You can only imagine what the other hours must look like.
As a MOT, when everyone is melting down over various life disappointments, not only is it difficult to think straight over all the screaming but it's difficult to decide in that moment whose needs to meet first.
I've quickly learned, in my six weeks as a MOT, that addressing the older twos' needs, the two that can understand, relate and negotiate, is usually the best way to deal with the drama. This often requires putting the baby down, in a safe place, while tending to the Drama of the Hour (DOH).
Do you know what else often requires the use of two or more hands? Baby equipment. Whether it's a stroller, high chair or baby pen, most "safe baby spaces" on the market require the use of two hands to operate. That doesn't work for this MOT. I need something I can manipulate with one hand and one hand only and something that doesn't send me into a fit of muttered curse words and screams that would rival the screams and shouts of the DOH.
Always use your playard on a flat, even surface.
Want in on a little sanity-saving secret? No, it's not wine (today,) it's the 4Moms Breeze. Whether I use it as a bassinet next to our bed or a safe space to place the baby while on the main level of our home, away from poky fingers and inquiring big brothers, it only requires the use of one hand to open and close. It's that easy. After several weeks of using the Breeze, I can say without a doubt that I am a Breeze Believer.
Whether we're on the main level of the house, in the yard gardening, getting ready for bed at night or road tripping to Gammie and Poppy's house in New Jersey, the Breeze makes this MOT's life that much easier.
From diaper changes to cat naps to "Mommy Just Needs A Minute," the 4Moms Breeze has been a MOT must-have. Just look at this lady- nary a sweat broken nor manicure chipped while setting up the 4Moms Breeze.
In fact, I would almost trade the use of a third arm for our 4Moms Breeze, that's how much I love it. And I'm not the only one who loves it.
Head on over to the 4Moms Facebook page to read other mothers' testimonials as they share their Breeze Believer stories during the Breeze Blog Tour and offer their readers the chance to win their own Breeze all month long! 4Moms is also running a contest on their Facebook page - A Breeze A Day daily giveaway! The contest has four rounds, each one starting on a Sunday in June. You enter once each round to be eligible for that week's daily drawings.
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