Getting Ready With Two Small Children in Tow

It was my brothers wedding.  A hat’s on kind of affair.  A doll yourself up sort of do.  Something I’ve not done since being the proud owner of two offspring.  My getting ready routine has come a long way…..

7:08am Awake and up for the day.  The Toddler has been raring to go since around 6:02 but the baby has finally opened those bleary eyes after being up through the night.

7:21am Toy Story 3 is blaring and we start scrambling round…. for the teapot

8:09am Ironing of outfits commences by my wonderful husband.  Breakfast dished out and baby starts to grizzle.

8:40am And so begins the sleep battle.

9:05am Sleep battle disrupted and baby left to own devices on bathroom floor as leg shaving takes over.  Leg shaving peppered with questions from an inquisitive toddler standing on the sidelines

What you doing?
Can I shave my legs?
Razors are sharp
Where are the hairs?

Grateful when Grandma ushers him downstairs.  Husband being the healthy fitness one sneaks off for a 30 minute run which will help him eat what he wants guilt free today.  I consider doing the same. 

9:18am Dismiss any idea of going for a run as stupid and give the not sleeping baby to Grandma so I can jump in the shower

9:32am Collect, now crying, still not sleeping baby from Grandma while still dripping wet.  Attempt to give him boob.  All offers refused.  Start to dry my hair.

9:40am Baby cooing on the bed to sound of hairdryer

9:51am Baby crying.  Hair partially dry so dive across bed and feed to sleep finally

10:01am Perform stealth roll off the bed to continue with preening and packing…. fail at keeping the baby asleep and dive back on the bed to continue feeding.


10:17am Second stealth roll performed successfully, round up make up and clothes for me plus the boys.

10:32am After shoving everything in the bag apply foundation to face to try and cover up the under eye bags and massive coldsore which requires its own invite to the wedding.

10:45am Round up all pieces of wedding paraphernalia into overnight bag. Feel like your missing something important.


10:58am Ignore sense that you’ve forgotten something, applying a hope for the best attitude, ask the husband to load the car up.

11:11am Car loaded. Children strapped in. Hair mostly dry but a bit Worzel Gummidge like. Foundation on. Cold sore still attempting to take over face.

11 minutes over schedule

11:48am Toddler falls asleep with ten minutes to go to venue.

11:58am Husband unloads car throwing you your make up so you can continue getting ready next to the asleep toddler in the car seat. Fob baby off on Grandma.

12:02pm Groom and best man knock on the window. Poke yourself in the eye with make up brush but given that its your brother jump out the car with the start of one eye made up and indulge in conversation.

(L-R) Best Man, Mum and Groom aka Little Brother

12:15pm After exclamations that the last time you saw the best man he had pink hair realise you still have to get ready.

Steel yourself and wake Toddler

Now husband has unloaded car you’re safe to make the way to your room.

12:20pm Enjoy a blissful 20 minutes of frantic hair straightening while children are entertained by others.

12:45pm Allow the Toddler to tickle your face with blusher brush. Regret ever starting this game.

12:50pm Slap on rest of slap double quick. Moan to husband about cold sore once more.

12:57pm Strip yourself ready for dressing but don’t get dressed as it’s sods law baby will puke on you.

1:05pm Start wrestling boys into outfits.

1:29pm Win battle. While dressed in bra and pants. Spray extra deodorant as me and hubby high five ourselves at a job well done.

1:40pm Throw our clothes on. Add squirt of perfume. Head out to mingle pre-wedding and have that all important family picture…..

Family Photo

2:00pm Watch little brother get married….

*My dress was from the marvellous Milk and Mummy, the boys shirts were from the gorgeous Maddy&Eva Childrens Boutique and the husband wore his work suit….



  1. September 13, 2015 / 12:05 pm

    Looks like a lovely wedding!

    • Laura
      September 18, 2015 / 12:20 am

      It was! Can’t believe he’s married!!

    • Laura
      September 18, 2015 / 12:21 am

      Thanks Claire – the concealer paid dividends and I crashed on the bed halfway through the party!!

  2. September 13, 2015 / 12:21 pm

    Wow, sounds like a stressful morning! I love the “stealth roll” and I found myself nodding when The Toddler fell asleep ten minutes from the venue! Typical.

    You all looked lovely though. Hope your brother had a magical day.

    • Laura
      September 18, 2015 / 12:21 am

      He really did. It was beautiful and i have a new sister 🙂

  3. September 13, 2015 / 12:40 pm

    Just reading it made me feel shattered and stressed out, I can remember similar events when ours were little. Well done on perfecting it and you all looked lovely x

    • Laura
      September 18, 2015 / 12:23 am

      Thank you! It was stressful but worth it! X

  4. September 13, 2015 / 11:32 pm

    9.18 and 9.32…LMAO! And woman…that boob pic, wow you are B-R-A-V-E! Love that dress. Just fab. Love ya xx

    • Laura
      September 18, 2015 / 12:30 am

      The baby is stubborn. Can’t think who he may get that from?? Xx

  5. September 26, 2015 / 1:42 pm

    Firstly, you look amazing. Sounds exhausting but so worth it!

    • Laura
      September 26, 2015 / 7:52 pm

      Oh thank you *blushing*

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