It’s amazing how quickly I forgot about what life was like with a newborn. DS2 wasn’t born all that long ago, but when DS3 came along, my first thought was, “wow, he’s soooo small!” As time went on I realized there were a whole bunch of other things I forgot about too, like feedings every 3 hours, tons of diaper changes, and always being tired.
I had such great plans for what I’d accomplish on my maternity leave, I just totally forgot about the part that I’d have to do it one-handed with a baby always in my arms. If you’re wondering how I’ve been spending my days here at home, here’s a brief summary:
- Monday: Laundry. Sometimes I fold it and put it away. Sometimes I don’t.
- Tuesday: Errands. I go to non-food stores for stuff I want/need in order to get out of the house and walk around.
- Wednesday: Plan Shabbos menu. Sometimes I also make a shopping list. Sometimes I only plan half the menu.
- Thursday: Shopping and cooking for Shabbos. I really try to have everything done by the end of the day, so I don’t have to do it on Friday.
- Friday: In the morning I nap. I have to. It’s the only way I will survive a very lively Shabbos with all the kids home. Then, in the afternoon I straighten up the house, set the table, and put the food in oven.
I know it doesn’t sound like I have a whole lot to do, but this little schedule is exhausting, because while I’m doing every task I’m feeding, changing and/or holding a baby. Oh yeah… and I haven’t slept through the night since I don’t even remember when.
And yes, I do feel the need to justify this “light” schedule. It’s so far from what I’m used to that it makes me wonder how I ever got anything done when I was working full-time out of the house. It also makes me wonder how I’ll get all this done when I do go back to work. I’m trying not to think about that, but the thought does creep into my mind every now and then.
I now realize why this time off from work is called “leave” and not “awesome, super-long vacation.” I love having our new son in our family, but it’s definitely not easy!
Until next time,