It’s been almost two months since I left the corporate world to be a stay at home mom. I’m still trying to perfect our schedule since I last covered the issue on how I was doing with time management.
It’s been unseasonably warm here in Springfield Missouri. With the warmth comes outside play. Chloe absolutely loves playing outside and tries to go out every chance she gets. I know she wants to go out because she’s grabbing the door knob and whining. You think she would tell me what she wants, but she doesn’t. The following is what our schedule has been like since the warm weather has come.
I feel frustrated and sad that Chloe refuses to speak. We know she can, we have heard her do it at random times. I know it’s mostly my fault for working for the first 18 months of her life. I worked my tail off for a little reward to try to get ahead in this thing called life. In the end, it was our daughter’s learning skills that suffered. I never had time to do anything with her when I would get home after 5PM. All I had time to do was feed, bathe, laundry, dishes and then it was bed. I regret it terribly, but there was nothing we could do at the time. I had to work.
Back to my oldest daughter and her lack of speaking problems. We sat down with her today and went over the color red for about 30 minutes. She said “red” 3-4 times. I feel a little bit better knowing that her vocabulary is present, but she doesn’t want to use it because her little sister isn’t speaking. I guess this is a disadvantage of having two young children so close together in age.
With that being said, I’m finding it more important to have our playtime together trying to teach them both. We went outside today in the backyard and I talked to her about grass, trees, clouds and birds.
How’s my stay at home mom schedule holding up? In case you forgot, this is what it looked like before;
I’ve learned that stay at home mom’s can’t live their lives by a daily schedule. At least I can’t. There are days where both girls wake up 3-4 times during the night. Sleeping-in is a must. Priorities come first, and my business gets thrown into the mix somewhere in there. While the activities are still the same, living by a daily schedule is not for us. I do try to get mostly everything done before my husband comes home at 3PM. This is my “must complete” list before my husband gets home at 3PM.
1. Empty Dish Washer
2. Load Dish Washer
3. Switch the loads of laundry
4. Fold clothes
5. Put away clothes.
6. Make myself breakfast
7. Make Chloe breakfast
8. Make Emme Breakfast (no we all don’t eat the same thing although I’m thinking a breakfast casserole is going to be a must in the very near future!)
9. Play/learn time
10. Snack time for all of us
11. Nap time
12. Make lunch, sometimes separate meals for all of us (usually leftovers)
13. Husband’s home
At the end of the day, I like to think of myself as a Super Mom. I balance two babies and try to keep everything in order. Nothing’s perfect. The house isn’t always clean when my husband comes home. I’ve learned that a super mom is a stay at home mom that has an unbalanced daily schedule. She’s not perfect, the house is not perfect, but the fact that she is a mother that stays at home and tries her hardest to do what’s right in the eyes of her children and her husband should automatically have the title of “Super Mom.” (I should put that on my business card.)
What have you found to be helpful to get all your chores done in one day? What is your schedule like? Do you have a scheduling system? Does it work for you? Do you have a blog about this topic that you can share with me? How do your manage your time?