Toddle Along Tuesday ~ Finding Balance
Throughout college and graduate school finding balance seemed to come natural. I was always a to-do list kinda gal and took pride in the number of items I could cross off my list in a day. I would even add items just to cross them off at the end of the day. I managed to balance school, co curricular activities, family, friends and the occasional relationship. On the side I was a MaryKay consultant, crafter and
About 3 weeks after P was born, when the initial shock of being a Mom subsided, I found myself confused. I was behind on entering our spending into the budget, MaryKay orders, updating my blog, adding pictures to Facebook, crafting my many Pinterest inspirations, cleaning the house and more (too depressing to continue the list). How on earth was I going to be able to get anything accomplished and feel like me being a SAHM was worth it?!?!
I am now 7ish weeks PP and things are starting to settle in quite nicely. I am able to predict P’s awake and needy times so I can figure out what to accomplish when. After his 5-7 am feeding I lay him in the crib to play (aka watch the mobile go round and round). During that time I get ready for the day (sometimes a shower), make the bed, tidy our room and P’s room, put away any laundry, tidy up the bathrooms (and clean them on the scheduled day). Then it’s time for his next feeding which is usually a bottle (we supplement 2 bottles a day). We make our way to the main floor and while he is entertained in his Mamaroo, I tidy up the kitchen make/eat breakfast, prep for dinner and get his bottle ready. We then head downstairs where he spends his day napping or playing on his playmate and I work on laundry, bills, crafts, MaryKay or anything else I can get done. I am a part of a few Mommies groups online so we will also go out a few times a week which helps with the cabin fever. Rob comes home and plays with P a little before dinner. Our nights are spent giving P a bath, playing with him and often relaxing in bed as early as 7:30 pm.
My system isn’t perfect and I am constantly changing it but for right now, it is working for us and I couldn’t ask for more! Here are a few tips I have been able to come up with:
– Life balance is relative term, only you can decided what your life balanced looks like. Don’t compare yourself to others as they do not have the same life you do, even if they are similar.
– Read and search for things others do and try them out for a little while. Some may work, some may not.
– I have also found that lists are KEY to feeling like I have some balance in my life. I have checklist for everything and it keeps me organized and helps me feel accomplished.
Anyone have suggestions for me to try out?!?