Doing it All

Jan 23, 2015

I read a post today, that SkinnyMeg wrote (check it out here) called "Doing it All". Now, I would like to talk to you about my life a little bit. It is by no means perfect, or even close to being ideal sometimes, but it (usually) works for me and my family. SkinnyMeg had the quote "create a life that feels good on the inside, not one that just looks good on the outside" and I couldn't agree more with that quote. Every person deserves to be happy and feel good. I have had a lot of people tell me that I am a huge inspiration, and when people tell me this it usually surprises me. I am so used to being shy and not putting myself out there and I'm so glad I'm starting to get out of that rut! Now...

Keep in mind that I have this little adorable thing and her toddler brother keeping me on the tips of my toes!

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First off, just like SkinnyMeg, I have a wonderful husband that helps out when he can. I try to leave him alone during the 9-5 hours and not expect him to help out too much because those are usually when he's busiest even if he works at home. But, he does usually help me unload the dishwasher, and load it after meals, he has been known to fold laundry for me and tidy up the house. He will also watch the kids if I need some downtime or need to grab groceries, go to my exercise class, do a photo session, etc.. all in all he's pretty great. He is my support most of the time, as well as his parents who live only 20 mins away.

His parents usually take Maddox one night a week, and all day Thursday. This gives my husband and I some downtime together, even with the adorable baby around, we usually watch a movie, eat supper on the couch or catch up on each others lives. Its definitely much needed! Maddox also still goes to daycare two days a week. He needs the energy burn, and social interaction with other kids and even if it is a hassle to get him out the door in the morning, it's so worth it at the end of the day!

There are lots of things in my life that I have given up, these include... going to the bathroom alone, finishing a warm meal, or drinking a whole cup of coffee while it's hot. I don't very often get to have a bath, or finish getting ready within an hour (hello healthy air dried hair!). I also gave up sleep. Have you ever heard that saying "you can sleep when you're dead"? I am a pretty good morning person, and it doesn't bother me to wake up around 5:30am and watch the news, drink my coffee and browse the net. I sometimes don't shower in the morning and go for a run during Maely's first nap on my treadmill. I also stay up late sometimes and write on my blog or just watch some mind numbing tv. Maely is on a pretty awesome schedule right now..

8:30pm - kids go to bed
11:00pm - parents go to bed
2:30am - Maely wakes up for a feed
6:30am - Maely wake ups for a feed and I get up for the day
8:30am - everyone else up for the day
9:00am - Breakfast
10:30am - 12:30pm - Maely's first nap
12:30pm - Lunch
2:00 - 4:00pm - Maely's second nap
6:30pm - supper
7:30pm - baths and stories
8:30pm - kids go to bed and repeat!

I have a bit of a cleaning schedule, I try and do a 10 minute tidy every night before bed, and wipe down one room a day. I also try and do at least one load of laundry a day. I find this works best for us most of the time, and let me have weekends with my family!

Maddox has taken an interest in exercise videos and lots of times he will pick one out for us to do. It makes it super fun for both of us, and it's nice to see him having fun and getting active with me! He also makes sure we do one just about every night before bath time!


So thats it, I think it's important that we stop comparing ourselves to other moms and other people. I have learned that I can't do it all, I'm not a superwoman and I don't have super powers that make me be in three places at once. Lots of times if I focus a lot of energy in one area another slips. You need to find balance in your life, but remember nobody is perfect and what works for someone else may not work for you!

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