Yesterday began my journey to let go of my preconceived notions of how each day should look; and as much as it may have stretched me a bit and shaken up my current routine, it actually went quite well. Like I’m even more excited than before… These baby steps I’m taking to embrace the new normal just might make a world of difference!
(Although my desire to be spontaneous may have backfired when I forgot to put the trash out this morning and then had to run down the driveway with a trash can… and in my bare feet).
While living in the moment and being more spontaneous with my day is a huge change, the biggest change is, honestly, after Brady has gone to bed.
Many moms gave the advice that I should use Brady’s nap times as an opportunity to either nap myself or get some chores done. The only problem is that Brady never sleeps longer than an hour in the morning and then once more in the afternoon; so by the time I’ve fixed myself a snack or gotten dressed or tidied the kitchen a bit, he’s up and ready to play.
The picture below is an accurate depiction of him before – and right after – nap time… He’s go-go-go, and even the camera has a hard time keeping up! 😉
So since I’m not getting all that much done during the day (aside from giving Brady the best attention, care, and love that I possibly can), I really need to get some things done at night. BUT then there’s the matter of energy. Honestly, by the time Brady is tucked in his crib for the night and I’ve finally made me and Nate supper, I am exhausted! I usually think to myself, “I really need to make a dent in all the things that need to get done.” But then I think about all the things I need to get done, and I feel so overwhelmed that I don’t know where to start. 😉 So I crash on the couch with a book, movie, or my laptop.
BUT jump over to yesterday and today, and I did make a dent! 🙂
Here’s the plan I initiated… I clean, tidy, or prep meals until 8pm on Monday, Tuesday, and Thursday nights (after Brady has gone to bed). If Brady goes to bed early, then I’ll have almost 2 hours to get things done. When he goes to bed later (like he did tonight), I might end up with just an hour, but it’s amazing how much you can get done in one hour!
Last night, I sorted through our fall clothes and packed away the summer clothes. Tonight, I prepped Brady’s meals for tomorrow (since my mom will be babysitting him all day), and I started the house-cleaning that needs to get done before piano lessons tomorrow afternoon. It’s honestly amazing how much I was able to get done! (The gift certificate for a Dunkies coffee that I used this afternoon probably didn’t hurt my productivity either).
Did I feel like doing chores after Brady went to bed? No, not at first… But once I got started, I really got into it and couldn’t believe how fast the time went. And then I had two hours of relaxation to myself! 🙂
This gettin’ it done plan is REALLY going to work, I think!!