Taking it all in

I have been trying find a way to make the holidays less crazy- not successful as there is over a pound of needles surrounding my dead dead dead Christmas tree, most of my presents are not wrapped, my daughter emptied her entire diaper drawer last night, she refuses to stop trying to put her hands in my toilet (ik, disgusting- but my first toilet lock already broke and I haven’t had time to install the second one yet!) and my house is an overall mess.

Yet, through all of the craziness, the holidays are my favorite time. I love the chaos, I love the lights, I love seeing friends and family and giving (and receiving) presents. I can’t wait to pile all of Lily’s presents around the tree on Christmas Eve and I can’t wait for her to wake up and see them and rip open the paper. Even though she won’t even remember this Christmas, this was one of the reasons I wanted kids! I love spending time with family, sitting around a table with wine- or coffee if you prefer and chatting about nothing in particular. I love the craziness of screaming, excited, sugar high kids playing with all their new toys.

This Christmas my goal is to be thankful- thankful for who and what I have, thankful for the wonderful people that I surround myself with and thankful for all the things that I have. Oh and wine, I am thankful for wine. I want to take all the time that I can to soak up the love and laughter that will be around me. I find myself often thinking about all of the things I could do better. I could be reading to Lily instead of taking one second to sink into the couch. I could be cleaning the toilet instead of just shutting the door so Lily doesn’t stick her hand in it. Could have, should have, would have, I want to forget it all and just absorb. I want to take the extra time to speak to the ones I don’t speak to often and to genuinely enjoy myself.

Now I know some of you are thinking, yeah right- I am going to be running out of my house Christmas morning screaming at my husband not to forget the dang pie. But that is what I will try not to do, try not to yell and to get upset over things that just don’t matter. I will be cooking next Saturday for my family, so we will see if this can truly be pulled off. I didn’t say anything about surviving without wine J I will talk more about it soon, but this train of thought, this bone I have been chewing on kind of leads into my New Year’s Resolution, so check back for that post!

Happy Holidays and thank you for listening!

My New Mom Plan

Well here goes nothing!

I decided to start this blog because I had a heck (I really wanted to say H-E-double hockey sticks but didn’t want to start swearing on my first post)- ok, a heck of a week. I wont go into exactly what happened but it was stressful, trying, exhausting, and down right no fun. It ended yesterday with me getting a sinus infection, now not just any kind of sinus infection. I felt like I had a 5 day case of the spins. And when all I wanted to do was go home, chug NyQuil and climb into bed- I of course have a 1-year-old wonderful daughter at home who was not ok with that idea. Now I will pause and give my husband credit because last night I had finally had enough and he did in fact let me go to bed at 7PM. So all of this doesn’t make for an exciting blog post, talking about my sniffling and snot so I will move on, but just needed to vent there.

So, I started a new job, and its going great! I love being back out into the working environment- having a reason to wake up and shower and all of that. What I don’t like is the balancing act- the dishes still need to get done, laundry, you know all of the things that I had plenty of time to do (although I still didn’t) while I was home. So I have decided that I need a plan. Not just a quick, thrown together thing on a sticky note- a real, excel spreadsheet plan.

I bought a hanging organizer for my wall. I know, a HUGE DEAL. But it is. This organizer is going to be the end all be all of my existence. My plan is:

  1. to organize my bills, coupons, important info, and to-do’s in this hanging organizer.
  2. then I  bought a bookshelf and am going to make this so that I can organize Lily’s life I decided.

window seat

 

  1. I am going to follow one bloggers idea and start the dishwasher every morning before I leave for work. Also, I am going to start a load of wash before work. when I get home I will empty the dishwasher and re-fill with dinner dishes, and switch the load of laundry.

However, when will I have time for that glass of wine?!

So, new moms out there- how does this plan sound? Any ideas for a struggling new mom?