Hey momma! I know you want to feel like superwoman and get everything done ALL. THE. TIME. but relax a bit and take a break, you deserve it.
For some reason, we, as moms, feel the need to constantly get everything done on our to-do lists all the time. But listen to me, it’s not always possible! Sure some days are better than others; but when you are wanting to finish everything you have in mind, it makes you feel a little crazy.
Sometimes it may make you feel a little defeated even, and you’re not alone. I know when I had my daughter almost two years ago I hated not being able to finish all the things I used to in a day. Even just the small chores seemed to take a lifetime. But guess what?…
You have a baby to care for. You tend to their every need and jump at their beck and call. Getting a whole load of laundry may take a little longer to get done, and that’s okay.
Don’t stress the small stuff. Don’t worry about the load of laundry sitting in the basket that needs to be folded. Turn your eyes away from the sink of dirty dishes for the night. Hold off on scrubbing the kitchen counter down for an hour or two, it’ll still be there when you’re able to get to them.
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Going from doing it all to doing only one or two things a day may seem like you’re slacking on what needs to be done, but trust me when I say this, you deserve to slack off a bit.
It’s okay to slack off
Try not to get frustrated with yourself. It takes time to get into the groove of things and getting everything done smoothly again. Heck, by the time my daughter was a year old I still wasn’t fully back to getting all the chores done in a day, but now I’ve learned to live with it.
I now have a son too, which makes it even harder to get things done, especially on days when their nap times don’t line up. Stay calm and just enjoy your babies. Cuddle them a little longer, read them just one more book, play a new game with them.
They’re only this little once, enjoy it while you can because them growing up will happen a lot sooner than you’d like it to. By then you’ll have all the time in the world to finish your to-do lists.
I’ve come to accept that the house may not always be in tip-top shape, but I’ve made peace with it because I know what I’m doing with my children is far more important than maintaining a “magazine model” home.
Don’t beat yourself up!!
For the longest time, I hated the fact that I couldn’t keep things as clean as they should be, or keep things up to par like they once were. I couldn’t relax even after the kids’ bedtime because I wanted to get things done.
By doing this I was wearing myself down. I was burning myself out. I thought that I had to be the perfect stay-at-home mom and get EVERYTHING done or else I was failing at my job.
Well let me tell you, as long as your baby is happy and well taken care of, you are doing amazing. Being a mom is a hard enough job as is, but when you try to juggle being a housekeeper, dishwasher, and all other things into the mix, it gets to be overwhelming.
Do what you can and be happy with what you accomplish! Take pride in the small victories just as much as the big ones. You are doing your best. The sooner you realize this, the happier you will be!
Learn to enjoy the process
Being a mom is a hard, yet very rewarding, job. It may seem difficult to see how much of a blessing being a mom is during the sleepless nights and days that seem to drag on; but when you look into your baby’s eyes and see all the love they have for you it makes it all worth it.
The house won’t always be perfect, dishes may not always be washed by the end of the day, your shopping list may not be finished in one trip, but that’s okay! Take it one day at a time, do what you can and learn to enjoy the process. You got this!!