Thursday, April 2, 2015

Busy Moms

I wanted to have an awesome Easter post this week of fun crafting ideas, but it's 11:15pm and I haven't even broken out the Paas Easter Decorating kit yet this week. You know, the 1$ cardboard box dye kit? Sigh. I am having a hard time figuring out why I feel more busy now than I did with a newborn or two?

When I first brought home my first baby girl, I was overwhelmed as all moms are. Life went on outside my home but I thought time stopped at mine. If people emailed me I thought, "hello, don't they know I just had a baby?? I won't be able to respond to your emails in like, 3 weeks, maybe even next month!"

Time did kind of stop. Except I didn't realize how nice and easy it was.  My first year with my girl was so sweet!! I loved spending my day with nap times and feedings, Kindermusik classes, neighborhood play dates, park play times and grocery shopping and of course free play. It was a dream for me, as I'd always wanted to be stay at home mom when I grew up. Of course there were sleepless nights (ahem every night until she was 15 months old), and temper tantrums but for the most part it was an amazing year.

Then I got pregnant again, and enrolled her in a Moms Day Out program one day a week. We still had minimal activities and loved all the 'play time' we had. 9 months later I delivered my second baby- my first was 24 months old at the time.  We had a pretty easy transition, and it was summer time, so we relaxed and played at home most of the time.

Not going to lie, going from 1 baby to 2 was hard work the first several months, especially with a colic baby!  Getting out of the house was rough at first. How do I get each child in the car? Let alone the babies. I would see moms with 3 grocery shopping, with 2 in the cart and another in the carrier. Seriously?

But all in all my life wasn't too crazy busy as my toddler was in school now 2 days a week from 9-12pm. We only had 1 activity, ballet classes at 10am in the morning.  I volunteered on my neighborhood PTA board and had meetings once a month. Life was good.  I thought I was busy, but little did I know how easy it was.

Fast forward 2 years later and my head is spinning! Spinning!  And I've heard it only gets worse as they get older.  I've realized that having 2 kids that are now old enough to do things instead of just sitting in the Bumbo makes your life a tad bit busier.

Both girls are in school now.  One goes 5 days a week and the other 2, but now I have to pack 2 lunches. I have 2 holiday parties to attend, 2 classrooms to help with (teacher appreciation, volunteer projects, etc.) and 2 girls to get dressed in the mornings.  EVERY morning.  I am on the school's parent committee, so we meet monthly for meetings and have volunteer responsibilities.  I am also in my area's junior women's league and we have meetings and volunteer responsibilities as well.  Plus I am still involved in my area's early childhood PTA.

And as for activities, both girls take ballet and now both are in swim lessons. This is the first year the toddler is taking swim lessons too. So in a way, it's nice to have the 30 minutes in the waiting area free without having to entertain her while waiting for her sister!  The oldest also does soccer now on Saturdays so we have a 45 minute game once a week starting now until the summer begins.  And even though both are in activities, they are still at a young age to where they need constant help with getting dressed, getting into the car seats, holding hands crossing streets, etc.

Moms with multiple kids and older children, I've heard it gets crazier with activities. Music, sports, academics, homework?  Don't get me wrong, I am looking forward to all of the fun times ahead, really I am.  But just have to say I need a little break and can't wait for summer.  With all the rushing around now, I am looking forward to slower days.  All I can say is thank goodness for my Erin Condren calendar and Cozi app.  It keeps me organized for the most part.  Although I do miss stuff now and then.  RSVP what?  Now if only there was an app to help keep my emails organized, I'd be all over it!


  1. It does seem crazy how much you do as a parent and all you have to juggle. I miss the day when my baby was just a newborn and slept all the time.