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I Can’t Do It All And That’s Ok

I can’t do it all and that’s ok

As I sit down to write this, the day is already half over and I feel as though I have enjoyed so little of it. Between breakfast and lunch I was busy cleaning bathrooms and sweeping floors. Life is a balancing act. One that I sometimes feel as though I am failing at miserably.

Time Management 

Time management. There are dozens upon dozens of blog posts dedicated to the topic. I have read quite a few of those myself and while I admit, they are inspiring, I have yet to find a good balance.

As a child, I remember my own mother constantly moving around the house. She worked in our home and still managed to do all the cooking and cleaning. She wore it like a badge of honor. As did many others in her mom tribe. During that time, whether you worked inside or outside of the home you were still expected to do it all. Honestly, I have no idea how my mother did it!? But she did. She is one amazing woman.

So, when I embarked on my own motherhood journey I to, assumed I would just do it all. But the truth is, I can’t. It’s taken me awhile to be OK with that, but I am. My husband and I work as a team and we have realized through a lot of trail and error, that we just can’t do it all.

Take last night for example, my husband was trying to clean up some outdoor toys we stored in the garage for winter. My oldest is a Daddy’s girl, so of course she wanted to help.  Except, it was more like dance and twirl around while my husband cleaned. It ended with my almost 4 year old falling butt first into a bucket of pine-sol. This resulted with her in the tub for a good scrub and her favorite bat girl pajamas in the washer…

The list goes on and on… 

Since my husband was home today, I decided to spend the morning cleaning. Although, we could have spent the morning as a family unit – playing and laughing together… These daily decisions to check items off a list are not always easy. Even now, as I type this, I had to decide between this and a laundry list of other things.

I look around and see the kitchen is in desperate need of my attention. A bucket in the living room needing to be emptied so that I can fill it with my daughters out grown baby clothes. I need to carve out more time to fill in the pages of my youngest baby book. I ABSOLUTELY need to organize almost fours years worth of my daughters photos, for which I NEED to start printing.

Not to mention, I need to spend more time growing and developing my blog. When my baby was in the newborn phase, I had a small window each week to work on my blog or her book. Now that she is more aware and preschool is about half over, I feel as though I should be spending these next few months taking her to library story time instead. She won’t always be this little and I know I need to take a step back and enjoy these little moments.

Moments

As I type this, nap time is almost over. Which means it’s time to put all work away for now, because I promised my big girl we would make hot cocoa together. We plan to drink hot cocoa and chat about the day, while I hold the baby in my arms. I wouldn’t miss that date for the world!

Goals

Like so many others who made resolutions for this New Year, I have a few goals of my own. Although I don’t have a plan of attack for how best to achieve them, I know I have to forge ahead. Hopefully I will discover a good path, a rhythm that works best for my family and I. But no matter what comes, I will always stop, to embrace these little moments.

Do you have a good time management balance for life? Does it ever feel like the list is never ending? I totally get it! We can navigate through life and motherhood together. It takes a village!

Copyrighted By: Boldly Bravely You

Preparing For Baby #2 : Are you ready?

 Are you ready?

Wherever my round belly and I go, this is the question I receive most often. In a previous post, I talked all about this current pregnancy and shared some of my feelings. Since writing that post, my answer to the infamous question, “Are you ready?”, is still very much the same.

No!

No, I am not ready… Honestly, it feels as though I will never be ready. This simply question makes me want to jump out of my skin! It’s not that it bothers me when someone asks, because it doesn’t. It’s one of the first questions that pops into a persons mind when they see a large round belly coming their way. I, myself, have asked that question at least a million times. So why does it make me want to run in the opposite direction? Well, because  it instantly sends my brain into overdrive – thinking of the laundry list of items still not done!

Laundry List – Baby #2

  1. Clean out and organize the nursery closet. (We had previously used this closet as extra storage. It also happens to be the smallest and most awkwardly made closet in the whole house. It was build based on the location of the room. So, not only is it tiny, but in order to utilize every square inch of shelf capacity you have to crawl inside. Obviously this is not ideal and based on the location the closet it cannot be reconfigured.)
  2. Nursery furniture. (The issue is not with the nursery furniture, as we have all the necessary items from our first child. Unfortunately, our oldest doesn’t have a new set of bedroom furniture. So we have not been able to place the nursery dresser and storage cubicle in the nursery. We have been hunting for a preowned adult sized dresser that I could have refurbished. Although we visit every local secondhand store  each week, I just haven’t found what I am looking for.)
  3. Nursery Decor. (I realize this is not a “big deal”, as the baby doesn’t care. But it is something I enjoy doing! I love carefully selecting and pinning ideas for a sweet, yet sophisticated theme that can grow with her. I finally have a clean picture of how I want it decorated. It’s just a matter of purchasing the last few items and hanging them on the wall.)
  4. Clothing. (With our oldest daughter I made the mistake of not organizing her out grown clothes before packing them away! Ugh! I now have all different sizes shoved together in several boxes! My poor husband is pulling them out as we speak, so I can spend all night going through them! This time I will be armed with labels and a sharpie, so I never have this headache again!)
  5. Organizing the nursery. (This is a tough one. Remember, this is the smallest room with the smallest closet in the house. So even if the dresser and storage cubicle were in the nursery, it still wouldn’t be enough…)

So, while I am still not ready for this baby’s arrival I know eventually it will all get done. Even if it takes a little longer than expected. For now, I will head down stairs with labels and a sharpie in hand, ready to tackle the mount of boxes that awaits me!

Were you “ready” for the birth(s) of your baby(s)?

Copyrighted By: Boldly Bravely You

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