Returning to work and wearing the hat of a "working mom" has been much more of a challenge than I expected. When you are home with the baby, there are so many hours in the day for everything - cuddling with the babe, doing dishes, playing with the babe, doing laundry, kissing on the babe, vacuuming, singing to the babe, grocery shopping, etc., etc., etc. (whether I *did* those chores when I was at home is a TOTALLY different question!) :)
But when you're working... those hours... practically disappear. My "waking" hours at home number about 5-6. In this time I need to shower, dress and get ready for work. Pack my lunch, pack my pump, and squeeze in an early morning breakfast for Andrew. (Luckily I don't have to pack Andrew up yet... but I'll be adding that to my list soon too!) In the evening I need to make dinner, feed Andrew, and make time for my husband. All of that AND get to bed at at decent hour since Andrew will inevitably be needing a "midnight snack" somewhere around 3 a.m.
WHEN am I supposed to shop, clean, cook, etc?!?!? Oh wait... and get some ME time. The past three weeks have been QUITE an adjustment for me. Things I'm learning...
- Dinner can wait. With only about an hour and half of Andrew's time when I get home, before he goes to sleep... dinner... is NOT a priority.
- Shop at odd times. Nap time on Sunday works well for grocery shopping. As does errands/shopping during my work lunch hour. I'm even considering hitting the grocery store one day this week after Andrew goes to sleep.
- Stay up later on occasion. The lack of sleep one night may suck, but catching up/spending time with the husband is well worth it.
- Make use of the time on BART. The days of begging for a seat are over. Now I treasure the quiet. Its practically the only time in my week where no one - not Andrew, not Brandyn, not work is asking something of me.
- Mornings can be productive. I am not a morning person. I've been known to roll out of bed about 30 min before I leave the house. But lately I've been getting up 2 hours before I need to leave. The quiet mornings with Andrew still sleeping are great for dishes, bill paying, or just plain old relaxing!
PLEASE share any other balancing act techniques!!