It was harder than I thought.
How many countless people did I cheerfully tell "I'll get back to work a few weeks after the baby is born." "I'll just work while he sleeps."
Well, it was harder than I thought. It wasn't being constantly covered in spit-up, that our second son wanted to constantly be held*, or that our first son constantly needed extra love and attention. It came down really to just one thing: sleep deprivation.
With a fuzzy head and the memory of a goldfish I was so glad I had a meal planning system in place so that we could keep functioning after our support system hopped a plane back to California. My mom may have left us with a freezer full of delicious, healthy meals, but some nights I really wanted to cook something fresh or prepare a great salad.
A huge part of my meal planning system is giving myself flexibility. During this period of transition to a larger family, it was key to meal plan, but also not stay too wedded to an exact menu - one of my favorite meal planning hacks (click here to get 3 Meal Planning Hacks to Save Your Time Right Now).