If you have read here for a while, then you know (and, perhaps, have long since tired of) the cycle of improvement and chaos. Me too. I don’t think it’s particularly good for any of us, and it exacerbates the highs and lows of the boys’ developmental cycles. In order to build a better path, I’m working on a few key steps:
- Non-negotiable housework day. Every Sunday, our excellent baby sitter comes and spends the day with the boys, so I can clean. If I keep up with the laundry and dishes during the week, this makes everything works out well, even if, like yesterday, I spend most of my cleaning day at one of the library sites at Shay’s school. Monday remains “chores and errands day”, so I have some make up time as needed. My goal is to get the inside of the house along enough that by the time our sitter graduates this May and moves home, I can knock out the house in a few hours, and add tasks for the boys as they grow.
- Fixed menus. Everyone will eat a meal twice in a row. The drought is going to make food very expensive this year, so I want to get us onto a fixed menu plan for all of our meals, pronto.
- Figuring out the projects I can do by myself, and then do them. I think at this point, any interior project that does not involve painting or building is pretty much on me, as Patrick’s dance card is crazy full. I want his buy-in, but sometimes that won’t happen on the timetable I have, so I’ll need to forge ahead and not get irked about it. This will come more easily when the first two steps are better established. Routines help me get creative elsewhere.
More later, as the boys will wake soon.