Abby is almost a month old, and since last Thursday, she’s been in a high-maintenance phase (I’m getting a rare extended-nap break…but more on this in a post to come). Now more than ever, I’m having to make the most of every golden moment when she is not demanding my attention, which means that my to-do list for each day has to be painfully basic. It’s allowed me to see where my true priorities lie! I’ve been a little surprised at what routines I have been able to give up, and what I always have to make time for.
- -Put on deodorant
- -Brush teeth (I actually forgot this one day, and when I realized it I was mortified…it made me feel like I was devolving into a cave woman.)
- -Fix hair (It’s been in the same easy style for a month now, but it’s always pulled up.)
- -Put on makeup (Again, my routine is simple, but I don’t ever skip it.)
- -Change out of pajamas. Lately, now that I can fit back into most of my old clothes, I’ve tried to wear real outfits, not just stretch pants and t-shirts.
- -Open blinds in the living room
- -Read. It’s one of the few things I can do while feeding or rocking the baby, and I’ve been blazing through some of my old favorites.
- -Check e-mail.
- -Make bed.
- -Keep house generally picked up- dirty dishes put away, baby clutter kept to a minimum.
- -Feed dogs and let them outside.
And, the sometimes-surprising Non-Essentials:
- -Fold laundry immediately.
- -Put away folded laundry immediately.
- -Sweeping and mopping floor.
- -Put on jewelry
- -Check e-mail more than twice a day.
- -Respond to e-mail
- -Answer ringing telephone
- -Modesty (Okay, I haven’t done anything obscene. But pre-Abby, I was modest to the point of prudery…now I just don’t care as much, especially in my own house!)
- -Grocery shopping
- -Turning lights on (I think it’s gloomy to keep the lights off, but if a dim room keeps the baby asleep, I’m not going to rock the boat.)
- -Blogging and reading blogs
I will say, I managed to accomplish a wonderful non-essential yesterday: I put up some fall decorations! It took me two days instead of an hour, but I got a wreath on the door and some pumpkins scattered around the house. It makes me feel like a homemaker again, and it reminds me that we’ve entered my favorite season of the year.