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Finding the Balance

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In the last 9 months since my son was born I have had difficulty finding the balance between being a Mom and all the other things I have to do. I will admit that writing frequently on this blog has taken somewhat of a backseat and so has my laundry, eating regularly, showering, my mental sanity, the list could go on forever. In my quest to be the ultimate Stepford Wife/Mommy/Maid/Chef Extraordinaire, life has served me a heaping slice of humble pie. I guess that’s a good thing since I haven’t eaten breakfast in 3 months.

The Princess gave me a false idea that I was some sort of parenting aficionado. She nursed on a schedule, slept through the night, had 3-2 hour naps a day, and was content doing her own thing. I could clean my house, do laundry, shower, eat, have dinner on the table by the time Hubby got home, I could do it all. Back then I thought myself as the parenting superhero, full cape and costume. Oh why I yes I will gladly accept that parent of the year award. Turns out, that had NOTHING, NADA, ZIP to do with me. It was her personality as a baby. Granted it has changed now, but back then, she was an EASY baby.

Now my son, whom my family doctor asserts has been ‘touched by fire’, is NOTHING like my daughter. Complete opposite in fact. At 9 months, he is still not sleeping through the night and must be carried at all times when he is not climbing onto, under and into whatever his surprisingly nimble little body will allow. He is also insanely attached to me. It’s not all bad. I mean who doesn’t love snuggles by their very own cuddle monster? But when I am attempting to make dinner and I have a fiery ginger screaming himself apoplectic to the point in which he begins to gag and vomit, it becomes stressful. Hubby will often hold him and stand in the kitchen just so he can see me and have his needs of being held fulfilled.

In the beginning of my maternity leave, Hubby would often come home and ask ‘What did you do today?’ Cue the hand waving, heading bobbing ‘oh no you did not just ask me what I did today!’ Sleepless nights, up-all-days, 2 children needing every ounce of attention I could muster had set me on the precarious edge of sensitivity and insanity. And poor Hubby was catching it in all directions. A few months later I sat him down and made a very frank confession. That Mom that had the spotless house and dinner on the table with baby #1 is gone and likely will not return for a few more years. Not until my baby boy is sleeping regularly, more independent and I have caught up on some sleep. I couldn’t be that Mom without something, such as my children being left behind. I love a spotless house, but never at the expense of my children’s happiness and well-being. He would just have to settle for a tidy house that gets cleaned thoroughly on the weekend, dinner an hour after he gets home and a slightly crazier wife.

Life isn’t so bad though. I am still searching for that elusive thing called balance, but I get done what I can in a day and stop trying to beat myself up for what didn’t. I may be a raggedy mess of a Mom, but I am doing my very best that I can and I am ok with that. As I lay here, typing this post on my phone, laying next to my baby boy who is getting some cursed molars, I know that this too shall pass.

Green Bathroom Cleaner

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I have to admit since becoming pregnant I’ve left the cleaning of our bathroom to Hubby as the smell from most bathroom and shower cleaners made me gag.  I’m a little anal retentive when it comes to cleaning so after my daily Pinterest tour, I found a way to clean my bathroom using stuff you find in your cupboards.  Using nothing but baking soda and vinegar I’m able to clean my bathtub and shower without the harsh chemicals and to my standards LOL.

DIRECTIONS

  • Dampen your bathtub and shower with a bit of warm water.
  • Sprinkle baking soda over the area you want to clean and let sit for 5 minutes.
  • Using a scrubber, scour the baking soda all over.  Then pour the vinegar over, let foam and fizzle for 10 minutes.
  • Scrub and then rinse.

I love this as it did the job, removed the soap scum and water stains and didn’t enrage my gag reflex.

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The Never-Ending Clean

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I will admit that I don’t really enjoy cleaning.  My sisters so aptly named me Carley-No-Pots growing up because when I washed the dishes, I would always leave the pots behind.  It is bizarre because I thoroughly enjoy laundry and most outdoors chores, but dishes and vacuuming and scrubbing toilets provides me with about as much enjoyment as listening to a record of nails scratching on a chalkboard.

When I lived on my own and when Hubby and I first moved in together, the level of cleaning was pretty minimal.  It’s easy wash dishes for one or two people and laundry wasn’t that bad.  Don’t get me wrong, I despise cleaning but I’m no slob either.  I knew that the amount of cleaning would increase dramatically once the Princess was born, but holy cow, some days it looks like a bomb went off in our home.  Hubby and I will come together and clean our house from top to bottom and it seems like sometimes I will blink and Bam! it’s a mess again.

And lets not mention the laundry.  Just as soon as I finish all the laundry there is 17 million more loads to do in only 2 days times.  Gotta love the grass, juice, dirt and toothpaste stains.  And then the dishes.  The Princess reminds me of Boo from the movie Signs that uses a million different cups for water.  I find cups in her room, my bedroom, in the toy box and even in the bathtub.

There are days where I wish I could close my eyes and snap my fingers and poof! all the cleaning would be done, but alas, I am my only maid and it’s a job that a) I don’t get paid to do and b) despise.  C’est La Vie.