Tuesday, April 24, 2012

A Scheduling SOS

Ok, which one of you did it?

*waits impatiently for a show of hands*

Which one of you knew that Master P and I had settled into a good daily routine, two hour nap included, affording me nearly enough time to do both that which I want to do and that which I housewifely must?

Who told him to start waking up as soon as I arise for my 30 minutes of pre-baby pre-husband caffeinated quiet time *shakes fist at centrally located but old/tiny/loud house*, shorten if not skip his naps entirely, and demand fairly constant attention otherwise (which I'm usually happy to give, but . . .)? #whinebitchmoancomplain

It's the great irony of new mom life, isn't it - as soon as your wee precious angel is no longer a non-sleeping newborn and you can get as much sleep as you need most nights (or close to it), you don't want to.

I look at my daily schedule with the zeal of an editor desperately looking for places to hack away, willing myself to need less sleep so I can just sneak in a little "me" time read a book or write a post already (or, you know, sweep the floors and pay a bill or two, blah blah) in between doing mom and wife duty. . . not unlike a toddler, actually, I want less snooze and more time for everything else.

I don't want less mom / wife / friend / volunteer time, not one bit - but can a girl get a bit more, well, girl time on top of it? (And still refer to herself as "girl" at the ripe ol' age of thirty-four?)

The start of today's to-do list - if I write it down, it's almost as if I've completed it, right?

I miss nothing nothing nothing about my dreary past lawyer life except for the ability to address my to-do list and have a little unscheduled fun time. As a mom here in the US I'm not supposed to admit that, I suspect - that's some foreshadowing for tomorrow's book review, ooh la la! - but . . .

Don't get me wrong - I'm grateful to have this high class problem, if also struggling to keep up with the ever changing rules of the game. This too shall pass - I recall when I've struggled to find this balance before, and equilibrium always restores itself, usually just as I grow accustomed to whatever phase it was.

That being said - 6 a.m. tomorrow morning, with the stealth of a ninja warrior (if also a ballet flat-clad one), I sneak out for my double date of at least one blissful hour with my Keurig and my laptop, if we can call something involving my fuzzy bath robe & living room a "date". No telling the toddler, mm'kay?

10 comments:

Amy @ Forever 29 said...

You KNOW I feel you on this one. Add anything on top of the "day to day" trip planning, party planning, volunteering, etc and everything is all out of whack. I'm not sure the last time I felt a state of normalcy, but my early morning time has definitely helped me from feeling like I haven't lost myself.

Solar Powered said...

Well said. If it makes you feel better my 2.5 year old gave up naps for a short while only to add them back recently. Here's hoping...

The Preppy Princess said...

It seems to me there is a plot. Clearly someone is messing with Master P's naptime, they must be hunted down and stopped. (Heh, heh, heh.)

Hope he settles back into that schedule Miss Pretty!
tp

Kate said...

Substitute nanny for mom and this is me right now! Every single time we start to get a good schedule going (and long naps) H goes through a period of short naps. The last time this happened I started scheduling classes post-nap and of course he went back to longer naps. For your sanity I hope Master P goes back to napping!

Whitney said...

While on the topic of confession... we are moving next week. Where my little one's nursery will no longer be right next to the kitchen, but up the stairs, far far away from the sound of my brewing Keurig. Which wakes her up most mornings. (How can she sleep through the dog barking/the sound of the shower running/etc, but my coffee wakes her up?)

I am very, very excited about uninterrupted coffee & laptop dates at 6:30AM. It is the most peaceful time of the day.

Perfectly Imperfect said...

Why are you ordering nursery pictures?!? ;)

Moving on, I have to get up early in the morning to get some me time. But I'm with you on the house situation and I have to move like a cat to keep the little one from waking up. That's always fun.

Brandy said...

My "me" time usually involves my robe and the computer. :) It can feel like there's never enough time in the day. I've been making lists lately because I can't keep up with everything if I don't! Even if it's a small amount, I've got to have some personal time somewhere in the mix.

Meg said...

I totally feel you! I don't even try anymore. My 2 sense when I am having me time. Thus I have been awake an hour but "stuck" in bed.
I like the idea of getting outside alone. Hope it works out.

Anna said...

I totally know how you feel about balance! It's so hard sometimes! I've been in one of those lovely "slumps" the past few weeks (could have something to do with the three parties we hosted in about four weeks), but I finally feel like I'm getting back in the groove!

Dallas said...

You are preaching to the choir on this one. I whine and complain about how tired I am, and yet I get up an hour before my 13.5 month old daughter. I don't HAVE to get up that early, but I want to because I require that "me" time and as you know, with a little one, that is pretty much non-existent. I am always thinking of ways that I can manage to sleep less in order to accomplish more during the day or just have more time to myself. Other than turning to illegal stimulants, I haven't come up with anything yet ;)

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