Hope your summer is coming to a nice close; I still can't believe that we are back-to-school already. Not sure about you, but summer came and went for us! Much of that time was filled with getting to know the newest member of our fam, V, along with an adventurous family trip to California and Kauai. Summers with my babies are priceless, but I will say that I am looking forward to the school year starting and having a bit of a routine back in our lives.
This year will mark Lincoln's first year of school, ah! He will be attending a "Mother's Day Out" program two days a week. While I weep inside that this day has finally come, I also look forward to having time to myself and one-on-one time with V.
Not going to lie, having two kids under the age of three and spaced so close in age has kept this mama busy, busy busy. The laundry is never done, my coffee is never hot and I'm lucky to get a moment to myself. With school starting, I'm confident that I will get my groove back! Yes, I felt a little guilty initially sending my first baby off to school at such a young age. I mean, he is so little and my mind was warped with all of these concerns... "Should I be letting him go to school this young?" "I don't want to miss any precious moments" "I can handle two kids without help." etc etc etc. Despite all of my concerns, I got to a point in which I had to let go of control. I knew that if I didn't seek help through school and/or via a nanny, I would burn out. Not only that, I found that I wasn't enjoying my kids as much as I could be. Dad became the fun one and mama became the burnt-out one, the chore doer and the errand runner - can anyone relate?
At the verge of a break (literally one night breaking down to my husband), we made the joint decision that I needed help and I needed it ASAP. What I ultimately decided on was two days at school for Lincoln and one morning of both kids with a nanny. The two days Lincoln was at school would be my easier days with V; then the one day both of the kids were with the nanny would be my personal couple of hours to work on my blog and whatever else MY heart desired. Sometimes a little time away is good for a mama's soul, providing solace and rejuvenation.
With all of this said, school is such an exciting new time for our family! The first day of school is a big "first" for all of us, and with that, we have not shorted on back-to-school preparation. Wow, there are so many cute items to capitalize on this school year. From backpacks to environmentally-friendly sandwich bags, below I detail some of my favorite back-to-school finds. Hope you enjoy BTS shopping and sending off your littles to become the future leaders of the world :) xoxox