Evenflo Pivot Travel System: Saving the Day

Thank you to Evenflo for kindly sponsoring this post. All opinions are 100% honest & completely my own.

You guys want to know a question I get ALL the time?

“How on earth do you get out of the house with three kids? How do you grocery shop, go to the park, run errands, etc?”

And heres the truth- you JUST DO IT. Haha, but really, running errands with three kids in-tow might not be my most favorite thing ever, but it happens on the daily. But even something as simple as playing in our backyard can be crazy with three. Don’t believe me?

Basically, what I have learned from 5 years of parenting is this:

-Be as prepared as possible for whatever

-Have snack, wipes, and diapers on hand at all times

-Have awesome and trustworthy baby gear, like this Evenflo travel system

The main difference from two kids to three for me was how much I use my stroller this time around. I rarely used my stroller when I just had Bray, and even still once Winston came along. It was always just easier to hold one in my arms and hold the others hand. Or as they got older, just hold both their hands while walking. But now, well now I am totally outnumbered and those are no longer options!

I got this Evenflo Pivot travel system and I am in love. Not only does it give me the ability to have sweet Georgia easily transfer from her car seat to riding in the stroller, but it also has a fantastic ‘big kid’ seat that lays all the way flat to create a bassinet. So this girl can either stay in her car seat in the stroller OR ride in the bassinet!

I have never seen a stroller with this type of seat- and its freaking genius if you ask me! I always see strollers that have a separate bassinet option, but I always thought that was foolish since they use that for such a short timespan. But this one coverts easily to a big kid seat, so its perfect!

The other day we had some friends over for some water table, trampoline jumping, mac-n-cheese eating fun. The weather was perfect, the kids had a blast, and Georgia got to play sweetly in the bassinet while chaos surrounded her:)

The day was so crazy, but so fun- just like normal. And when it came time for Georgia to have a little snooze I just pulled down the sun shade, and out she went. And if any of you are like me and are always carrying around approximately 2,000 items at a time, the storage underneath this stroller is massive!

So, if you are about to enter the world of babies for the first time, OR are adding to your crazy bunch- get yourself an awesome travel system like this one. Your infant car seat, stroller, bassinet, and big kid seat are all in it. And it rides like a dream. And YES, I do realize how much that last sentence makes me sound like a M.O.M. But really, it does ride really smoothly, so there;)

 

 

Transitioning to Three Kids

That picture right there is what I would love to portray our transition to three has been like, when in reality- this one below is probably more appropriate:

Haha, but really, I just wanted to pop in and let y’all know we are alive and well, but just crazy. No one told me that going to three kids was going to be so nuts {well really, some did, BUT NOT ALL.} Why didn’t you ALL tell me it was going to be bananas?!

You see, Georgia is a little angel baby. While she still isn’t sleeping through the night, and she still spits up a ton, those things aside- she is literally the best baby ever. Always happy, smiling, giggling, easily entertained, loves her family, etc.

 

Her brothers are the best entertainment she could ask for, and baby girl is STRAIGHT up obsessed with her dada. Like, when he enters a room her eyes NEVER leave him. And she will just stare at him smiling till he looks back, and then she smiles with her entire face. She is a joy bringer. Truly.

And the boys, well they are pretty dang amazing with her. They are amazing boys in general. Braylen is still his loving and kind self. He is for sure transitioning in to more 5 year old tendencies {you know what i’m talking about right? the look at me- watch me- look at me syndrome} but still couldn’t be more of a lover.

Winston is still his normal stubborn, strong willed, yet sweet self. That kid will run this country some day. He pushes my buttons hourly, but yet I am still weak to him!

Heres the deal though. This transition has been tough. I feel like we are finally seeing the light at the end of the tunnel- praise Jesus. But something I have learned in a hard way about myself is that I don’t thrive in chaos. I know some people do, but not me. I thrive is peace. And lets be real, there aint nothin’ peaceful about a house full of three kids. They are my joys, but they also are young kids- which brings lack of sleep, stress, etc.

Sometimes I find myself wondering why I am losing my patience, and then being really hard on myself about it. But I also have to remember to take it all moment to moment. To stop trying to evaluate the day based off of some of the harder moments. To give myself grace. Grace upon grace. I know the Lord made me the mama of these three angels for a reason, and I just pray daily that I can do a good job. To LOVE them, to care for them, to protect them, to help them grow, to allow them to make mistakes and be there with open arms, to encourage them to chase their dreams, to love and accept them no matter what. Because at the end of the day, I am doing the best I can, and I just pray that that is enough.

photos by Melissa Young

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