It’s been a difficult summer in terms of being able to get everything done. You could say that I’m still adjusting to having a 3rd child and returning to work. If you work from home or have flex time you can relate with the difficulties of getting anything done over the summer. Throw in no-camps for 4 weeks and it totally seals the deal.
Why can’t I just get things done you say? A) Just because I work from home doesn’t mean I don’t have to get “real work” done. B) These 13 reasons.
Reason #1: I can’t get enough rocking chair time. Neither of us wants to let the other one go.
Reason #2: “Mom, can I have some water?” Again.
Reason #3: Mom, can we snuggle and watch cartoons?
Ok, I’ll have another cup of coffee in bed.
Reason #4: Endless cooking. I test out A LOT of recipes for MOMables. Sometimes they don’t turn out so great.
Reason #5: “Mom, LOOK!!! LOOK!!” Again… and again.
Reason #6: Grocery trips with 3 kids are never “quick” when your girl documents everything. “Look Mom, he looks so cute! He’s wiggling!” Yet another picture.
Reason #7: When you cook a lot, kitchen cleanup never ends. By the way, that is MOMveeta.
Reason #8: Boys will be boys and I must keep an eye on them. “Mom, my alien pjs and his monster pjs are doing Star Wars.”
Reason #9: Bath takes a long time. A.really.long.time.
Reason #10: Babies poop a lot. I cloth diaper baby G (the previous 2 as well) and I am a firm believer that poop goes in the toilet as soon as they can hold themselves up. So, we visit the toilet… often and he has a good time there. Too funny. Don’t worry, someone was to my left making sure he didn’t fall and I’m usually holding him up.
Reason #11: The girl wants to pick G up all the time. I have to be 2ft away to watch her.
Reason #12: The kids play post office. The other day Sofia got “tape-happy” and went on with her day. I came into the living room to muted sounds of “mommmmm!!! mommmm!! Luckily there was no postage on the box and UPS didn’t pick him up.
Reason #13: They fight for my lap, who will sit next to baby G and who gets to take a picture.
I might not get it all done every day but I am making progress. School doesn’t start for another 3 weeks and the kids are ready to see their friends. Ok, I am ready for them too. I’m learning to manage my stress so when I’m with the kids I am present. I’m getting much better at taking advantage of any free time to get work done. Oh yeah, I stay up very very late and I drink a lot of coffee.