Missing in action

How do all you Mums and Moms keep up your blogs?  I have returned to work three days a week, and have been back for the last two months, while Dad is currently home full time.  But since going back to work time seems to have vanished in some science fiction fashion.  The four days not at work seem to run faster than real time and at the end the to do list is longer not shorter.

Now I do have a large job, it has never been 9 – 5, and before my little girl came along I let it swallow too much of my life.  I still want to do a good job but other priorities have emerged, re-emerged, and shifted.  I do have to undertake some work when I am not at work, but there are so many other things I want to do and I want to make time for them.

But I have to say I have yet to figure out the juggle.  I am not going to be too hard on myself.  After all I have only been back at work two months, and there is probably been a peak of re-familiarisation that is starting to subside.  It has been tiring.  I am back to napping once a day when my little girl does the subsequent two days after I have been at  work, even though she has been sleeping through the night for a while.  I don’t want to be missing in action here or in the rest of my life. Any tips on how to get the juggle working?

2 thoughts on “Missing in action

  1. I always get a kick out of listening to stay at home moms talk about how tired they are and tell me that I am lucky to get out of the house. Really? I’m lucky huh? Just because you go back to work doesn’t mean there is less laundry, less cooking, less cleaning, less school functions or less driving back and forth for sports or music lessons. It’s just now you have to get all that done but with even less time than you had before, a lot less time!

    I am lucky to be a teacher and have summers and holidays off with my children, but the rest of the time I basically work from the time I get up until the time I go to bed. There is a reason my blog is called One TIRED Working Mommy! :~D Between the job, the blog & FB, and the home & kids you are never caught up.

    A few tricks I have learned over the years, do one load of laundry every day. When you wake up in the morning toss it in and let the machine work while you are gone. Ditto for the dishwasher. When you get home toss it in the dryer and empty dishwasher. Before going to bed for the night set out the clothes you will wear the next day and the clothes the kids will be wearing. Before going to bed take out the frozen meat you plan to cook the next day to thaw and quickly decide on some side dishes. I hate coming home to everything frozen solid. Also, for a little while write down a schedule and stick to it until it becomes habit.

    Finally, write down a list of twenty meals you can make that are tasty and FAST. Then just rotate them and leave the fancier cooking for the weekend. Hope this helps some, but my best advice is to consume mass quantities of caffeine and just keep moving.

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  2. I work 4 days and husband is full time. My day with the kids, i try to avoid having any other jobs to do. We have a cleaner every week to minimise what housework we have to do. I have responsibility for food (ordering, meal planning and most cooking) while Stanchion is in charge of clothes (washing, drying and putting away) as these are the two biggest jobs. At the weekend we try to eat with the kids, which gives us a whole evening back once they’ve gone to bed.

    But, yes, mostly there is no time!

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