Parenting

Trying to Get Shit Done with a One Month Old

Maybe you thought this would be an article about time management. Teaching new parents out there that anyone can figure out how to keep their obligations and goals even with a new baby. Well, I have come to the conclusion that nothing will get done in the way you intended it with a new baby in the house. You want to: do the laundry, do the dishes, and take a shower, and do all this before lunch. Well, you may be able to get all of those things done, but the moment your little bundle of joy wakes up your focus and priorities shift towards him or her. That is how yesterday my husband found me wearing nothing but a robe feeding the baby on the bed after he went to the supermarket. I thought that I could do all of those things while he was gone: the baby had only just fallen asleep, but I was wrong.

I know I am a new mother and I am learning how to juggle a baby and household duties. But man I don’t know how those 1950s housewives did it. Did they not show Lucy or June Cleaver having more help with the children? How can you have a calm baby and get the house clean? Sadly my grandmother isn’t around for me to ask.

I know that I am very lucky that my husband is home during the first couple of months of my child’s life with me. We can tag team nights and have another set of eyes and hands. I am honestly scared of what life will be like when my husband goes back to work at the end of August. I know that I will be a more experienced parent, but I am still nervous to be alone, and I am nervous to be in a new town. But I will learn how to be a parent and get shit done.

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