Well, I've come to the realization that I don't have enough hours in the day. (Like every other busy person.) So...I think I am going to have to do the unthinkable and that is, get up before the baby.
I planned to start working out with Marc in the morning, and that happened once in January. The problems are:
1.) P still gets up in the night for a snack.
-I'm still nursing, he won't take a bottle, so basically it is up to me.
-We are working on crying it out, but I (and P) hates it.
-If I nurse him at 5 or 6, he goes back to sleep for a couple hours. Praise the Lord! And I am lazy. Hence, the reorganizing of my life.
2.) In January, the teething and ear infection monsters came and no one got any sleep. Except maybe Marc. But sometimes even he was up, which means the crying was real.
SO BASICALLY - I can either feed my [non]starving child, or get up at the crack of dawn and start the day with a cranky babe. I choose happy baby. But I also choose sleep. Ahh! Since Patrick is back to only waking up once, I am going to try REALLY hard to break that habit in the coming months, and I'm also going to try to get up and start my day before he wakes. Maybs.
Chores. Laundry and dishes of course are never ending, but I can't decide if I would like to do a little housework every day, or one big day of cleaning. Typically I do a bunch of cleaning on Sunday, and I do enjoy the sparkling clean house at the start of the week, but I don't know if it would be better to split some things up. Any ideas? The key - I can't do much with Patrick up. He is down to one nap which brings me to my next thought...
I would also love to spend more time reading and less time scrolling through Facebook. When Patrick took two naps, I would spend one nap doing house stuff, and the other nap doing Amy stuff. This usually included laying in bed watching TV. Bring me all the lazy. BUT, since P is phasing out of his morning nap, I think I would like to spend his naps doing something I enjoy and not the tenth load of laundry. Reading used to be something I loved to do, but with limited time, I just kind of put it to the side.
Here are my ideas:
- Wake up a little early to work out or do some house stuff.
- Use nap time to read or do something I want to do, like start on dinner.
- Have time in the evening to do stuff with Marc, and spend less time stressing about my never ending To Dos. And possibly going to bed a little early. Honestly though, I think our evenings go very smoothly.
(Side bar: Marc is extremely helpful. He helps with chores, does anything I ask, and he always plays with P after work. He also does bath and helps do the bedtime routine with me. Thank the Lord for a good husband and for one that has good work hours!)
Also note, phasing out of a nap is hard. But just look at that adorable picture of P! That was a picture of yesterday when he decided that one nap was plenty and that afternoons were meant for partying. He wins!
Were the people with multiple children giving me all the eye rolls? Probably ;)