Do you ever have those days when you feel like everything is running smoothly–the kids are off to school on time with no drama, you make the traffic lights, you’re checking things off your list like it’s nobody’s business? I term those “good mom days.” As much as I wish they were every day, there are plenty of the “Mother of the year” days sprinkled in their too (insert sarcastic laugh).
Lately I have had a few of the good mom days that are helping me power through the third trimester. I have put my younger son in lunch bunch on the three days that he goes to preschool, and this has helped my mood and productivity tremendously! It’s AMAZING what you can get done in a stretch of six hours without kids!! I spend some of that time working and the rest of it checking things off my gargantuan to do list.
It feels good to be finally checking off more than I am adding. 😉 In addition to hiring a cleaning person to come every other week, we have outsourced some of the really time-consuming home improvement projects. For example, we are now in the throes of renovating my childhood room into a nursery/guest room.
Instead of doing all the paint prep work ourselves (really the most time-consuming part of the painting process!), we hired a handyman to do it for us. I don’t mind painting at all, but I am happy to not have to do all the prep work. It’s making the project move so much faster–giving me a sense of relief that it will be finished before the baby arrives! 😉
It’s so hard to be a full-time working parent or a full time stay at home parent. I have found that, for me, part-time work is the way to go. It’s helping me maintain my mental sanity and add to our household budget, while also allowing me to spend valuable time with the boys. I am sure things will change again after baby #3 arrives, but right now I am savoring every moment of this balanced feeling!
What does your “good mom day” look like?