I have been a stay at home Mom for about eleven months now…and I have to say that I largely underestimated how challenging this gig was going to be.
Oh I’ll get to snuggle a baby all day!
It can’t be that hard…change a few diapers, play with toys, meet up with friends here and there.
I’ll keep a clean house, have dinner cooked every night and be #1 Mom!
There are definitely a lot of baby snuggles, I meet up with friends occasionally, and dinner sometimes gets cooked by me…but I would’ve never expected it to be so… difficult.
For every good day there are at least two bad ones…but here are some tips that usually set me up to have a better day.
1. Get a little bit “ready”.
Do whatever you need to do in the morning to make yourself feel ready to take on the day. This will look different for everybody. For me, I like to put on a little bit of makeup. I’m not sure why but it just makes me feel better. Find what works for you…even if that means just changing into a nicer pair of sweats.
(That works for me sometimes!)
2. Set realistic goals for the day.
I love my to do lists but sometimes I set myself up for failure by adding too many tasks. Then if I don’t get everything done I feel discouraged. Be realistic about it! It’s so hard to get things done with a baby so maybe stick to one extra chore a day.
3. Try to get out of the house at least once a day.
This helps so much! If I can kill a couple of hours by getting out and about, my days don’t seem to drag on as long. We like to walk to the park, go to the store, meet Kane for lunch, play dates with friends, or Starbucks runs (my favorite).
4. Take time for yourself.
Set aside 30 minutes a day just for yourself. As stay at home Moms, we never really get a break. Take a little bit of time for you to get in a workout, take a shower, read a book or just sit in silence. Take advantage of nap time or have your partner help out!
5. Enjoy your kids.
Last but not least, enjoy your little ones! It is said all the time but everything else can wait! Seriously. The dishes can wait, the messy house can wait, the laundry can wait…but those little ones will not wait when it comes to growing up. As I type this, I cannot even believe that I already have an eleven month old. It literally blows my mind. So, instead of worrying about the mess in the living room right now, I’m going to get off of my computer and go snuggle him…because the day that he doesn’t want Mom snuggles anymore is going to sneak up on me faster than I know it.
How do you win at Mom life?