Successes/Celebrations: I managed to pump a bottle each day for dd which has been an on-going struggle so I was pleased with that. We also made it out the door on time every day and I wasn't late to work.Struggles/Challenges: Getting back in the habit of putting the girls to bed earlier and not seeing them as much has been hard. I want to play and chat and do stuff with them, but really we need to eat and go to bed. Me time/Family time: I managed to work out during dd1s dance class and then one more time during the week. Not crazy workouts, but I did do something at least. Weekend Plans: DD1 had her bday party so there was lots of planning/cleaning/preparing for that. Ils were in town which went surprisingly well.Anything new you are trying to make your life a little simpler since getting back into your routine? Or are you just continuing on with the way things were going before? Nothing new other than a new set of activities for winter. That has kind of tossed my schedule out the window, but we are adjusting. I am trying to stay on top of chores by doing them in the evening, but I am discovering that means I don't get any down time and my grading never gets done. Both are bad things so I don't know how long that will last.
Okay, @dnmolakides, dinner.Before my break during the holidays, I was so stressed getting home from work. I can leave at 4 but was never leaving until 4:30, getting home between 5 and 5:15 and needing dinner done by 6 so we could eat, give baths, and get the kids to bed. There was no time for playing or anything fun with the kids because I'd come in and drop everything to start dinner. Here's what I'm doing now:1. On Saturday, I go grocery shopping. I meal plan before this so I know what I need. While making my meal plan, I also make a meal prep plan for the weekend. It usually involves cleaning fruit and chopping veggies for salad for the week on Saturday, as well as making something for lunch for the week on Saturday (last week it was quinoa salad, this week it is chicken salad). On Sunday, I prep all of the meals for the week. Cook anything I can ahead of time (rice, pasta), chop any veggies that will be needed and put them in ziploc bags labeled with the day I will use them. DS has started swimming lessons two nights a week, so we get home at 6. Those nights are always crock pot nights. We all walk in at 6 and dinner is ready to eat. The leftovers get put in a gallon ziploc for the freezer. One night a week, we have a freezer meal from my stash. I can defrost it in the fridge the day before, and just need to reheat when I get home. I have also done a night or two a week where I make a casserole. I prep it on the weekend and store it in the fridge in the casserole dish. The night of, I add the sauce (also already prepped and in a container so I just have to dump it in) and stick it in the oven. Fridays are always breakfast for dinner, so we make pancakes, waffles, scrambled eggs, etc. DS usually just helps me in the kitchen those nights while DD plays in the kitchen or in her high chair. I've only done this for a couple of weeks so far. The first weekend was tough because I didn't have a freezer stash built up yet so I had to cook more, therefore had to prep more. This weekend was already better. We are having sandwich night tonight, which involved no prep! It's been so amazing during the week to come home and have dinner done or just need to pop it in the oven and actually get to sit and play with the kids. Last week, I got to teach DS how to play checkers while the casserole baked! It takes some time and planning, but it is so worth it for the time it saves during the week. I'd be happy to share my weekend prep plan if you'd like. I keep my shopping list, menu, and prep plan in a google doc so that I can get to them anytime I think of something and add it in to try to keep pre-shopping planning to a minimum and as easy as possible. That's all, I think, haha! Hope it helps someone!
@ramfan05 can I borrow some of your organizational skillz???
Success – The next part of our home repair nightmare is
complete. The inside of the house was painted and looks fantastic. Now, we wait
for flooring and carpet to be installed and we’ll be done…for now! I’m sure all
the new stuff will make me want to redo the old stuff. J
Challenges - The
first week back was super hard. I have a lot of work stress and was just told
that I will be given several new project in addition to the ones I already
manage. It’s ridiculous how much I have on my plate. I’ve started to have mini
panic attacks (I think) and am considering talking to a dr but I worry if meds
would affect my BF. The bulk of my worry is that LO continues to get cold after
cold which goes to his lungs and then he has to have breathing treatments. I’m
feeling so lost on how to help him. We are trying to figure out how to afford a
nanny situation and get him out of the large daycare. Maybe if we can minimize his
exposure to germs he won’t get so sick. Still
don’t have an answer to this. And we have DD’s head CT this Friday so I’m
hoping for good news there. I guess we have a lot of challenges…
Me time/Family time – Last weekend H and I spent the bulk of
it putting the house back together after the painting. DD spent Sunday with the
grandparents which she loved. I’m looking forward to the long holiday weekend
this weekend and spending some one on one time with DD. She really needs my
attention right now and I’ve been so caught up helping LO when he feels bad. I
did take a hot bath last night while DH did the dishes. That was great!
This weekend – I think I already covered it. Oh! DH and I
plan to watch some of the Globe movies. We already saw Boyhood but have a few
more on our list. J
Basically I’ve realized I either need to cut my work back so
I can be home more or make more money so I can hire more help. We already have
a house cleaner twice a month and we do dream dinners to help with dinner time.
I feel like I’m outsourcing my life!
Great tips above from PP. Sorry to be such a downer. I just
feel really overwhelmed right now and I can’t really share that with anyone.
People always tell me that I have it so together. Ha! If only they knew the
Oh! One thing that makes life easier is laying out clothes for everyone the night before.
That means no arguments from DD in the morning because all that’s been worked
out and no hunting for the missing shoe or sock for LO. And I don’t realize I
need to iron my pants last minute. That has been a huge help in the morning…not
groundbreaking but still helpful J
Today I learned that sexism is still alive and well.I was trying to corral a large, diverse group of students in their 20s. Despite my shouting, they all continued to carry on private conversations. Then an older (but my age) male student wearing a suit walked in and stood around like the rest of them... but suddenly they all became quiet, stopped what they were doing and stood at attention. So... female attempting to get attention = no respect; male simply standing around in a suit = full attention.