Friday, January 11, 2013

I don't how she does it ...

One of my unofficial-because-if-I-made-it-official-I'd-quit New Year's Resolutions has been to make a more conscious effort to better manage my time each day.

That means, instead of taking a nap, or watching 5 episodes of West Wing back-to-back, I've been trying to do a load of laundry (wash, dry, fold and put away, thankyouverymuch!), cook dinner each night, keep the kitchen clean and make our bed each morning. Plus, you know, actually plan and do entertaining and mind-stimulating activities with that rowdy toddler of ours.

So far, I think I've done a pretty awesome job. Each day, Beatrice Kate and I do something in the mornings to tire her out grow her little mind. We go to the library, visit friends, ride our bikes:
Then during naps, I've spent the time catching up on work or prepping dinner, cleaning the house or making extra freezer meals and breads. You know, just generally doing stuff that should be done, and makes life easier when it's done but doesn't HAVE to be done right that second.

It feels nice to feel so accomplished at the end of the day. Rewarding, even

But I've gotta tell you. It's EXHAUSTING. Seriously. Maybe I'm just not cut out for this Suzy Homemaker role, because I am so. freaking. tired.

If you're a single mother, or heck, even a working mother or a stay-at-home mom with more than one child... I am SO impressed with you. I honestly do not know how you do it. In fact, I feel guilty for even being less than perky at the end of the day because I don't really work (I mean I do, but it's not a 40 hour week every week, all day) and I only have one child but dang. I'm asleep each night about .0003 seconds after my head is on my pillow.

Maybe I need to get one of those "house organizer" binders or a checklist or something because even when I'm trying to be proactive and plan my time... I still can't keep my head above water.

You mamas who have you stuff together much more than me, please give me your secrets.



  1. I am a full-time working mom and I think SAHM have it just as hard as we do, it is just different. We may not have nap-time to get stuff done during the day, but we also don't have to plan activities and run after a toddler all day either. I think you have every right to be tired at the end of the day, even with one child and not working full-time.

    To make things work, hubby and I work together as a team. He does the morning routine and drops our son off at daycare (I leave the house for work before anyone is even awake!) and I pick him up and fix dinner. I try to prep as much as I can for dinner the night ahead. We also have house cleaners that come every other week, which is a LIFE SAVER!

    Juggling everything is hard for all mommas, regardless of whether we stay at home or work. Hang in there, and if you feel like you need to take a nap or veg in front of the TV, do it! We all need to take care of ourselves sometimes too.

  2. I went to yoga this morning, while both kids were at school (and when I am normally working). I feel a lot of my tiredness in my back and shoulders, and the class really helped me feel refreshed. So: plan some time for yourself, too. It is as important as all the other stuff you do, and will keep you from just chucking the schedule one day in favor of a WW marathon!