November 21, 2011

My New Reality

I have always tried to live my life as a "glass half full" kinda gal, looking on the bright side of things...except for maybe when I was 13-21 years old and thought the world and my parents were against me.  I know for a fact that I have an amazing husband (and by amazing, a serious Prince Charming), 3 beautiful children, a sweet but sometimes high maintenance dog, nice roof over my head, and more friends and family than you can shake a stick at.  But even through all of this,  I sometimes feel like this these days...




{"My New Reality," as Prince Charming and Snow White with our dwarfs (small children). 
Although, this picture depicts one extra kid, which I do NOT have!!}

My daughter is now around 15 months old and she has officially started walking.  My life is over.  No, not really, but almost;-)  But this is my new reality. With this new found skill, she has rendered me less productive and I am now a hover craft.  I cannot do ANYTHING in terms of maintenance around my house (this includes myself or my kitchen) now that she is walking and literally into everything...everything.  No longer can I sit her on her cute little play mat and watch her squirm and coo while I put on makeup, brush teeth, dry my hair, shower, etc.  Now I have to do this to her...


 {Stick her in a pack-n-play in my bathroom so I can put on makeup. No, this would not give me a spread in Elle Decor, but it keeps her safe and my makeup on! Who really cares if the primary colors of this contraption clash with my neutral calming bathroom accessories??}


{Stick in a Baby Einstein DVD to keep her in one place while I get SOMETHING accomplished, anything, even if it means I can go to the restroom without her getting into trouble! And if you don't think these dvd's keep their interest, think again.  Only my middle child had trouble focusing on these brilliant dvd's-but isn't that typical of middle kids??}



I'm not quite sure how I had forgotten how busy this stage of life could be, seeing as though she has two older brothers who I know went through this stage, but apparently I blocked it out.  I am not complaining (well maybe a little), I am simply speaking out loud about how I need to rethink my game strategy.  You have to get creative with little people around and make their new skills and existence work for you and your environment.   Blogging, responding to emails/clients, and housekeeping will definitely be a challenge.  Vivian does not stand still for posts on makeup, nor does she sit pretty when mommy needs to take care of the pile of dishes in the sink.  But why should she- she's one!!  As she waddles around the entire house like Frankenstein, I tell myself over and over again, to enjoy this stage, just like the next, because it will be gone before I'm ready for it to be.

So to all of you mommy's out there who love your kids, but also love to try to do it all but find it exhausting and so difficult at times- HOW DO YOU DO IT??  How do you survive your new reality??

6 comments:

Ally Garner said...

Awww, congrats to precious Vivi for walking! I bet she is going to have a blast this Christmas. If she tries to climb the tree, at least get it on video ;)

Kerry said...

I can totally relate! My 15 month old started walking about a month ago. This weekend, while BOTH parents were home, he managed to play in the toilet, get into wet paint and single-handedly destroy our entire house! I always wondered how you were blogging and looking gorgeous everyday. I like to leave the house with at least a little bit of makeup on but it's challenging these days! Enjoy this time, I say this is a really hard stage but also one of the cutest and most fun!

JennySue said...

@Ally- thanks girl- yes, she's gonna tear up the Christmas tree no doubt. Video camera is already juiced up for whatever she might get into-it's really cute actually!

@Kerry- yes, you feel my pain then, and my Viv actually took a swim in the toilet the other day too, bc now she can reach INTO the toilet! Gross!! Thanks for the sweet compliment, but yes now you see how I spend more than 5 minutes on my makeup and the computer- Baby Einstein and a packnplay. I'm sure those days are limited though, then I'll have to get more creative!! Thanks for the comment!

LaneyGB said...

As I see William, wait not William...Leland (ah!!!!) beginning to take his first steps I wonder if I'm ready for this stage! These precious pearls need your attention fulltime while they are awake! Boy are we lucky though!!!

Kirsten Edwards said...

If I had the answer I would be rich! My 10 month old shimmies around on her tum and gets into anything near the ground level. Even like that, I have trouble getting things done.

JennySue said...

@Laney-I love your description of these "precious pearls" bc yes they are just that!! And I'm pretty sure you're ready for this stage, bc you're a teacher AND a mom of 4- you can handle anything;-)
@Kirsten- isn't that funny the different ways these little ones get around?? they are so cute no matter how they move-yet completely exhausting;-)