Apparently my last post was my 100th post. Woo hoo!
Going from 0 to 1 kid was tough. Going from 1 to 2 is way harder. It's taken me a long time to find a routine. And really I'm still working on it. Some mornings both girls wake up before 7. Other mornings like today they both sleep till 8:30. A lot of mornings Shaylin wakes up long before Jillian. So that alone makes it difficult to find a good routine for us.
Sadly the more days we just stay home the better we seem to function. Or maybe that's just me. It's not easy when one child needs 2 naps a day & the other only 1.
I've been able to keep up with my running pretty well. Hopefully Jillian can become more predictable soon so I can wake up, pump, run for 30 min. & shower all before she wakes. Until then I'm squeezing it in when I can. Today I had to wait till both girls were down for naps. Not my favorite time to run but it's just how the day went.
Most important to me was finding a cleaning routine again.
Is it obvious yet that I thrive on routine?
I've always had a laundry routine & after Shaylin was born I slowly added a cleaning routine. I thought I was going to be able to keep up with it during this last pregnancy but that goal quickly failed. Oh well. It's hard work growing a person!
It's been over 3 months since Jillian was born & at this point I pretty much got a good cleaning & laundry schedule. Throw in running or working out & I have a full week. Here's how my weeks typically look:
- grocery shopping
- girls' laundry
- wash towels
- dust & vacuum
- change sheets on all beds & wash dirty ones
- sweep & mop kitchen & bathroom floors
- clean bathroom sinks, toilets, & showers
- mine & Jeremy's laundry
- clean mirrors & sliding glass door
- dust & vacuum
On top of this, every morning I empty the dishwasher, after the girls go to bed I clean up the kitchen, make Jeremy's lunch for the next day, & every other day I wash Shaylin's cloth diapers. I'm trying to actually vacuum more than twice a week since I have a constantly shedding dog. And I'm trying to find one day a week where I do "projects" that I've been meaning to do, like file medical bills.
Sometimes on Saturdays I'm still working on laundry but usually it's just a matter of putting it away & doesn't take very long. And of course I run on Saturdays, too. But what I love about my cleaning schedule is it keeps me from having to do any of this stuff on Saturday or especially Sunday since that's the Lord's Day, not mine.
What's also great about keeping up this schedule is most activities don't take me that long because I do it every week. I just never want to have a day where I'm doing load after load of laundry.
This certainly can't work for everyone. And I don't always stick perfectly to it. The crazy problem I have is if I miss a day, let's say Thursday's cleaning stuff, I won't do it the next day. I'll wait a whole week so they will still be done on a Thursday. Yes, I really am that crazy!