So, we're making edits to our life.
We moved chip&chisel to a much larger space, cleaned, organized, and set everything up in a way that's much more functional. I'm working to get a on a more "regular schedule" (is that even possible when you run your own business?) rather than squeezing in hours wherever I can. While that is necessary on some days, I am a creature of habit and I crave routine, so I need more structure. I also need that time where I'm not "on" so that I can give my focus to my family and put everything else out of my mind. It leaves me feeling much more refreshed when I can step away for a day here and there - nothing like trying to gain creative inspiration when you're running on empty.
We hired a nanny - and it lasted one day. I'm not ashamed to say that we needed (need) help. My husband took a lateral position at a new fire department and is currently on a temporary schedule that has me doing the single parent thing (now that, my friends, is HARD). While this is short lived, it is a far cry from the schedule that we're used to and left me practically unable to get anything done - totally not realistic. My mother-in-law (Ian's stepmom) comes to our home a couple days a week so that I can get some uninterrupted work time in. Ian and I quickly established that we didn't want to spend anymore time away from our girls than that every week, so a nanny just didn't suit us.
I did a ton of cooking on Sunday (if you know me, your eyes are probably bugging out of your head) - I prepped a bunch of food for the girls for the week (cut up all their fruit, made frozen yogurt and veggie drops, cooked up breakfast and lunch options) all in hopes that it would give me that much more time with them throughout the week. So far (and yes, it's only Tuesday), I love it and it's been a huge time saver, especially in those moments where my girls aren't interested in waiting for water to boil.
We dialed in the playroom - it's cozy and comfy, perfect for downtime and an iPhone free zone. No work goes on while playing, cuddling, and snuggling!
I've started a list of all sorts of things to do with the girls. A list may seem silly to veteran mamas, but some days, my brain is fried and I can't come up with anything at all creative for infants under the age of one - having a go-to list helps me plan our day (although a "plan" on most days is laughable, it still makes me feel better).
We're planning some time away from the girls. A few hours here and there for happy hour, an evening out with friends, a relaxed Sunday morning brunch that doesn't involve sticky hands and faces - it will be good for us to take some "couple" time every now and then to recharge and talk without interruption. We were spoiled with a lot of together time before the girls came along and we definitely wouldn't mind getting a little taste of that occasionally.
I'm committed (again) to working out. It's the biggest thing I can do for myself that has a positive impact on my family. When mama's happy, everybody's happy. ;) While I definitely don't have the time to marathon train or hit up Barre3 as much as I'd like, a couple short runs and studio sessions are totally doable each week and must be made a priority. You can't take care of others if you don't take care of yourself!
I'm already feeling ten times better knowing that change is in the works - it was desperately needed. Once Ian is back to his normal shift schedule in a few weeks, life will calm down (this makes me chuckle, too) a bit more and we can continue to mix things up and see what works best for us.
Off to tackle the day with my little mice!!