Domestic Me, Parenting

Working Girl

Since I’ve gone back to work after my maternity leave, I’ve noticed some significant changes in my routine. Besides – you know – going to work.

  • I stay up later. Now, I wouldn’t have predicted this effect because I’m waking up much earlier – 4:30am on a good morning. It turns out, I’ve started saving my chores until after the kids are in bed so that I’m not sacrificing any time with them to do something mundane, like pack my lunch for the next day.
  • I get a lot more groceries on the weekends. Since the mid-week trip is not a great option now (who wants to finally get off work only to get groceries?); I do my best to get it all done on the weekends. I usually can’t get it done in one trip, because I can’t fit a week’s worth of groceries in one buggy. But, one trip Saturday and one trip Sunday and we’re usually good for the week. Usually.
  • My family fights over AndyZ now. It used to be that when MrZ got home from work I was spent and more than willing to hand him AndyZ to hold. Now? I run away and hide so he can’t take him from me. Or, I at least tell him that AndyZ has some contagious disease that I’m immune to. Anything to steal some baby-holdin’ time from my husband.
  • We’re more crafty, now. I’ve been trying to come up with at least one activity to do with NikkiZ every night. This fosters quality time and usually gives her something to look forward to after school. Crafts are the easy option because the stuff is always out. And I can put off putting it all up as long as I have the excuse of doing crafts again the NEXT day! Anything to allow me to be lazy!
  • NikkiZ watches less TV. Shocking, I know. But – I just feel more guilty now, letting NikkiZ watch TV. She only has a few hours awake after work, why should I waste it by sitting her in front of the TV? Granted – I do still use it to entertain her while I get dinner ready or feed AndyZ. But, mostly? She doesn’t watch much anymore. Now – notice I didn’t say anything about the quantity of TV MrZ and I watch. We’re still total couch potatoes.
  • The house stays cleaner longer. DUDE. I forgot how being away from the home all day keeps it CLEAN! It’s so fantastic! We don’t dirty as many dishes either! I’m only running the dishwasher every 2-3 days now instead of every day! And the toys? They aren’t thrown all around the house by bedtime! It is – by far – the best part of going back to work. Coming home to seeing the house exactly the way I left it. And do you know what that means? I spend less time picking up the house! And therefore? LESS TIME BITCHING! That’s a plus for EVERYONE.

12 thoughts on “Working Girl”

  1. I’m in awe. Since you’re staying up later, do you find yourself tired during the day? Or do you find that the quality of your sleep has improved?

    I hope you are going to share more about the crafts you have been working on.

    P.S. I just thought of another craft you can do with the kids. You can make an advent calendar out of either felt (to keep as a family heirloom) or out of paper. If you don’t do advent, NikkiZ and LilZ can do their own interpretation of the 12 days of Christmas.

  2. Zoot – have you tried online groceries? I’m not sure what’s available in your area, but we love when we’re having a hard time getting to the store. It’s much quicker online, and they save your favorites for your next ‘trip’. Might be a good option to save you from a weekend trip.

  3. any chance you’d share the craft o’the day? My son is about her age and i am so NOT crafty it’s not even funny, but i bet he’d love it.

  4. I do the same thing with groceries. We make a quick stop on Sunday evenings and I’m done. I did an entire trip in 20 minutes once (pats self on the back).

    As for the baby holding, I’m a bit jealous. I could carry DD all evening, and DH just doesn’t pay attention. Sure he’ll change her, talk to her, etc. but if I want to put her down I have to ask him if he wants to hold her. Every time, without fail. When he finds something else he wants to do, he’ll say “She’s hungry” even if she ate 10 mins. ago. Sigh. I just roll my eyes at him.

    It is all a balancing act, but somehow we survive. However I find myself still just waiting for the weekends when I don’t have to plan so much!

  5. Wow you sound like you are getting on top of your routine. Well done. I hope you are getting enough sleep to feel rested though or is that a really silly thing to say to a mother of a new born and a toddler? I was going to suggest online grocery delivery as well but Lindsey beat me to it.

    As a craft project with NikkiZ I was going to suggest fuzzy felt. You can get an amazing array of felt shapes with various themes i.e. farm, ballet, zoo – which you can create different scenes with on a fuzzy board.

  6. This working thing is something I should definitely think about doing if the house is cleaner! I can’t keep up with the chores I have to do at the moment. The less the better I say!

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