Originally Posted by pumpkin
I would take a vacation week to start. Stay in your pjs til noon or all day, head to the park, go to a cafe for lunch, just have a leisurely time without an agenda.
The week after that you can start thinking about routines And activities.
I really agree with this. Not only will you get to relax a little, you can use the time to get to know what kind of schedule your kids need. What time you need to plan a nap, when doing a little prep here and a little prep there for dinner works in, snack times etc. I found that DD and I just kind of fell into a schedule/routine when we didn't have any expectations. Then, once we were more used to staying home together, we added in scheduled activities like storytime at the library or play dates. Also, once we had our rhythm going, it was easier to plan errands around when she needed her downtime.
Also, pick up whenever you can. Do things like clean up a messy high chair right away so it only takes a few seconds, instead of waiting until the next meal time and spend five minutes scrubbing off the stuck on cheese. When you go from one room to another, grab that stack of book and put them away real fast or put move displaced toys from your room back into the living room. Its little things like that that help me keep my sanity. As long as I keep up on that, cleaning doesn't become overwhelming. Do I always manage to keep up with that? Heavens, no!
Be easy on yourself. A PP said it won't seem like you get much done and that's true. There are still days where it seems like I do nothing be clean, feed, clean, clean, feed, clean, feed, clean and nothing is done. It happens. You aren't perfect and that's a-ok!
Most of all, relax and go with the flow. Kids are unpredictable sometimes!! Routines change, nap times change, sick days come up, crabby tantrums-all-day-long happen. The ability to adjust and go with things without getting stressed out is a huge assest!
Oh, and remember to not get caught up in housework. The house will be there to clean for many many years. Our little ones are only so little for so long.
Good luck, mama! You'll do great!!