Life with two kids is busy. Okay okay, life with two kids is chaos most of the time. Life with three will be.... umm... i'm just not sure yet (reassurance required).
I'm excepting that I will spend the best part of twelve months in my pyjamas carrying a baby and about 15 extra kilos. I imagine that I will be tied to the laundry basket, small peoples bottoms and the broom for approximately 24 hours each and every day. It will be full on, that i know.
In light of this, Dave and I are planning on making a few minor changes to our home that will make things a little easier during the crazy season. We've dipped into our savings to complete the following:
1. Install a front loading washing machine in the kitchen** - we currently have a downstairs laundry. No, I don't mean just down a flight of stairs either - I mean outside, down the side path that was demolished during landscaping, over the mud, under the rain and around the beaten track 'downstairs laundry'. It's nasty and makes washing in anything other than perfect conditions very difficult.
2. Installing Air conditioning- this was a big one for us and I'd be lying if I said it didn't take a few 'strong' conversations to come to a decision. I wanted it BAD, Dave didn't want it BAD. We wrestled over the purchase for ... lets say.... 3 years. In the end, we got air con. To be fair, there are only a few days each summer that it's really required but they are some desperate days. To further justify the expense, our heater broke last year and we were yet to replace it. For the past 3 winters we have spent close to $800 on heaters that seem to brake once the warranty is up. The air con will solve this (can you hear me saying that to Dave?)
3. Installing Heated Towel Rails - Towels never dry in winter, its a fact. Drying yourself with a cold, damp towel is truly unpleasant, also a fact. We plan to get a 10 rung number that will hold all of our towels and save us masses of unnecessary washing. If you have a heated towel rail, i'd love to know details. Also, has anyone ever bought one online and could recommend a site? I'm not interested in dragging two kids and my belly around numerous bathroom suppliers.
Tell me, have you made small changes to your home that have genuinely made things a smidgen easier?
Do you have gadgets that are REALLY great, not just a waste of money (talk to me about the ipad, people)?
Tell me what saved your bacon when a new baby arrived at your place, please?!
* tell me i'm not deluded and that these things really WILL make life a little easier.
**after much discussion on facebook I decided to go for the 7.5kg Samsung Front Loader. I ended up ordering it form appliances online (at a serious bargain). It will be installed under the breakfast bar and it will change my life.