Happy Labor Day! We are spending the day in Atlanta watching the Braves play. I hope y’all are having a great Monday, too. 🙂
The other day I decided that I really needed to “pencil in” my workouts at certain times or they just weren’t going to happen. Well, that sounded all fine and dandy until I tried to put it into practice. One of the days, I planned to get up just a little earlier than usual to hit up the treadmill. Maddux beat me to it. He woke up around 4:30, which was the exact time I was planning to do the same. Well played, baby, well played. Instead of spending that extra thirty minutes running, I got to spend it feeding, changing, and rocking him. The next day, I decided I would wait until the evening. I totally forgot that it was Open House at school. Another day down the drain. You get the point.
I know that things will get a bit easier when I’m not feeding, pumping, and changing diapers every few hours. But for now, it’s definitely frustrating. Some days it makes me want to throw in the towel when it comes to breastfeeding, but I’m going to stick it out for as long as I can. I knew it would be hard to go back to work full time, but I honestly never realized that pumping/feeding would be a second job. I know that my new “part-time job” will pay off, but it’s definitely not easy. I also know that I’m lucky that it is working out at all. Some people have a much harder time. I just need to remember that!
That’s enough about my recent workout failures. I’ll figure it out eventually. How about I mention a win? Ryne and I were having a hard time keeping up with household chores throughout the week. It often felt like we tried to cram it all in on the weekends. Right now, relaxation time is hard to come by and anything we can do to maximize our rest on the weekends is a plus. I realized that we needed a household cleaning schedule. I quickly typed up a daily, weekly, and monthly “Chore Chart” based on the frequency with which we needed to do things around the house. I also typed up a “We’re Out Of…” grocery list sheet, because it felt like we were always rushing around trying to figure out what we needed when we finally had some time to head to the store.
For the link to the document, click here. Obviously, these are things that are directly related to our needs, but you could easily adapt them to suit your household! Honestly, it takes a few days to get into the swing of it, but it pays off. We argue a lot less about chores now. We each have one major chore on the weekly list that needs to be completed each day. We also know which of the daily and monthly chores belong to each person. No fighting over who does what.
Now if only I could get the baby to follow any sort of schedule! 😉