Thank you for all the encouraging comments on my last post!
My friend, Monica, left me a good tip:
establish a ‘get by’ routine for straightening/laundry/ and forget things like dusting, gourmet meals, mopping, etc.”
Oh my. I can’t even remember the last time I dusted our house. I’m sure it was this year?!
For the interest of other bleary-eyed mamas (who are probably napping instead of reading this blog), here is our current “get by” routine:
- anywhere from 5 am to 7 am: Baby is awake to nurse. Back to sleep in approximately half-an-hour (if I’m lucky!).
- 7 or 8 am: Mama up and at it… “it” being nursing the baby again.
- 8:30 or 9 am: Breakfast time. My hubby has been getting the kids their breakfast in the morning to give me time to dress, make the bed, or nurse the baby. Most mornings, I am handed my breakfast (usually oatmeal or peanut butter toast, since I can’t have milk while I’m nursing) by either by Amy (my seven-year old) or my husband. Spoiled mama!
- 10 am to noon: Baby takes a few cat naps and nurses off and on. I try to start a load of laundry and tidy up the house a bit. Amy and Emily get dressed and make their bed after breakfast; Jeremy usually dresses two-year old Keith. I start something simple for lunch.
- Early afternoon: Kids play for about an hour after lunch. I put the kids down for a nap at 2 pm. Baby Colton usually takes a long nap around the same time, if he didn’t sleep a lot during the morning. If I happened to have gotten enough rest the night before, I tackle more housework, do a little baking, catch up on computer stuff, or work on a project while the kids sleep. Most days, I take a nap. 🙂
- Late afternoon: “Big” kids are up from naps usually around 3 or 3:30. Amy and Emily help fold or put away load of laundry. Play time for the three “big kids.” Feeding time for the baby, then time to get supper going. Usually a casserole or meal made from meat I thawed earlier in the day.
- Supper time: Jeremy is usually home again by late afternoon. Since I rarely get supper completely finished before Baby Colton wants to eat, Jeremy takes over in the kitchen while I breastfeed. My girls generally help set the table or unload the dishwasher. After supper, my husband either helps with the baby or with kitchen clean up. The kids help clear the table before they run off to play.
- Evening: Play time for a while, then bath time. Hubby helps bathe the kids while I sweep the kitchen floor, finish up the laundry, tidy the front room, or feed the baby. I bathe the baby and dress him for bed. After baths, it’s family devotions then bed time for the kids around 9 o’clock.
- Bedtime: I feed the baby again, then he doses off around 9 or 10 o’clock. I’m asleep shortly thereafter! He wakes up to eat again anywhere from one to three times a night (usually no more than twice, unless he’s extra hungry). Then it’s time to start another day!
This “routine” is not something I sat down and really “scheduled”… it’s just sort of how our days have progressed these past few weeks. As my baby, Mr C, has grown out of the itsy-witsy newborn stage, I’ve noticed our days starting to take on a sort of predictability. One sleepless night, however, throws the whole thing off!
Church days, grocery shopping, or any other “extra” puts a new wrinkle in our “routine” as well.
On Sundays and Wednesday (church days), Jeremy comes home before Church to help me finish getting the kids ready.
(I have yet to take all four munchkins out grocery shopping or running errands by myself– most of the time, I take the baby with me and the other three littles stay at home with their daddy.
Jeremy is highly considerate and helpful (if you haven’t already noticed!) and works his schedule around the needs of our family. It’s nice having a husband whose schedule is so adaptable (gotta love being a pastor’s wife!).
My “goals” for each day are:
prepare three healthy (and simple) meals for my husband and children
wash, dry and put away at least one load of laundry (two, on a “good” day)
keep kitchen tidy (we’re not talking perfection!)
dress children and myself (yes, this is on my mental “to do” list, otherwise it wouldn’t get done!)
normal household maintenance- take out trash, pick up toys- as needed
extra nutrients for myself– if I don’t make time throughout the day to take vitamins, eat high-protein snacks, and drink lots of water, my milk supply and energy level goes way down
Having a newborn in the home isn’t the only time a “get by” routine is in order.
What do you do when life gets hectic?
What priorities do you focus on, and which ones find a place on the back burner?