Do you ever feel like you have an endless list of “to-do”s and no matter what you accomplish, more keeps getting added to your list? I am tired all of the time and I think a part of that has to do with the feeling that there is SO MUCH TO DO (& I have an infant that still wakes up 1-2 times a night).
I had these grand plans of being super productive while I was on maternity leave. I was going to organize the house, finish EM’s room, finish our room, and even start a vegetable garden (as a project for my mom to help her with her Alzheimer’s). But what happened was that there was so much to tackle that I barely made any progress. And when I did want to start, I’d feel guilty about not spending all of my free time bonding with EM.
The house is a wreck. The garage is packed with junk (half of which needs to be donated or trashed) and desperately needs to be organized. I get stressed every time I’m in there.
The basement is just as bad. We had half of it redone with new drywall and carpeting so it looks great but nothing is set up or organized. It is another space that completely stresses me out.
I look around the house and just see endless unfinished projects. I see stuff waiting for a proper placement laying around in the dining room, back porch, living room, etc. it makes me crazy.
Now that I’m back at work, we only have the weekends to do stuff but with a very active toddler and an infant that is still nursing, we can’t really dedicate the time to stuff.
I constantly feel overwhelmed. Logically I know we should focus on a room at a time but seeing everything there is to do just leaves me feeling defeated and exhausted. And since J does not share my stress about it, it is hard to get motivation.
So tell me, how do you manage it all? I believe that if we get the house in order I’ll feel less stress. And less stress may lead to me feeling less exhausted.
It would make sense that I would post pictures of the chaos but I didn’t get around to it. So here are pics of my kids…
EM is super drooly lately. When she’s not sucking on her pacifier, she is sucking on her hand. I’m taking this as a sign that a tooth may be coming but nothing yet. She had her 4 month appointment and came in at the 80th percentile for weight, 83rd percentile for height and 90th percentile for her head. She’s a big girl. She isn’t rolling or laughing yet but she definitely flinches whenever AM gets in her face.
For Mother’s Day, J purchased finger paints and some thick paper for the girls to do handprints. (not surprisingly, we haven’t finished this yet… Another thing to add to the list). AM has never played with finger paints so was having fun. She wouldn’t, however, play with other colors after using this blue. It took awhile to show her it was okay.
We are going to attempt potty training AM is weekend using the 3 day no diaper method. She’s been consistently going after work and likes to wear her underwear. I didn’t want to keep dragging this half potty training thing out so I made the call to take advantage of our 3 day weekend and go for it. Of course this was a last minute decision and we’ve done no prep work (e.g. Stickers, charts, prizes, whatever else parents are recommending). Fingers crossed this works!