3. When not out and about, have projects.
Again, Brian taught me this. Erin and I have done "cooking show" (her term for cooking/baking - we made excellent blueberry and chocolate chip muffins), sorted through baby clothes, worked on building castles, cleaning up said castle and other block toys, and the dishes/laundry always occupies at least a few minutes. The below "castle" was constructed over two mornings, and took probably a total of 40 minutes. 40 minutes of quiet, self-contained occupation in toddler terms is astounding.
4. Television, when used judiciously, is a lifesaver.
6. Have backup.
This may be the real reason why this week was a success. I'm lucky to have a husband who works out of the house. So, he was able to squelch tantrums, do a diaper change here and there, and even have Erin watch Dora (quietly) in the office while I got to do something else for a little while. Awesome.
This has been a fun week and I feel much closer to my girls now than I did the week before. I bet most SAHMs are reading this and thinking, "Boy she's still such an amateur." But at least now I have much more confidence in my new role - before this week just heading to drop Erin off at preschool seemed daunting. Now we're all over getting out and about, just the three of us. Nevertheless, I'm so glad school is in session next week.