Originally Posted by lifeguard
The cleaning and scrubbing can wait till tomorrow
But children grow up as I've learned to my sorrow.
So quiet down cobwebs; Dust go to sleep!
I'm rocking my baby and babies don't keep.
Thank you, lifeguard!!! I had never heard the whole poem before; my grandma
:did a needlepoint wallhanging for my mom when I was an infant (of just the last stanza) and it's been hanging in my bedroom for years! I too think of it on a daily basis!
It is hard to feel that I've accomplished stuff on a regular day. I am blessed to have help a couple mornings a week (3-5 hours depending) from DP's mom (baby's grandma) but I try to use that time exclusively for work (DP and I work from home)... though sometimes it bleeds over into getting personal paperwork done too.
Mostly during the day I do what other PPs have said - I only expect to get done what seemed so basic before I had my baby!:
*Shower & get dressed
*Get out of the house even if it's only to take a short walk or to do an errand
*Prepare or re-heat lunch for myself, DP, sometimes my baby's grandma or the lady who helps me with the housekeeping (I know I'm lucky to have both to help me!)
*Fix something for dinner for DP and I (love what a PP said about take-out being a perfectly valid option!)
Plus caring for and raising a new human!
*Playing and reading to him
I love the list idea - I usually keep a very short to do list handy and try to keep the extra items I want to get done that day reasonably.
My LO sleeps pretty consistently at night so... when I'm not too exhausted I try to spend the time (from 8-midnight or so):
*cooking meals to freeze (beef & bean burritos, lentil stew, lasagne, etc.)
*uploading photos so my LO's grandparents can see more of him (we live in another country!)
*and of course - unwinding with my DP - watching TV episodes
So yes, I do try to count the accomplishments and have a "to do" list I can check a few things off of each day!