It feels as if Maleia and I have started the rhythm of a schedule here at home. Of course, it mostly revolves around her feedings every 3 hours or so, but I'm able to get things done after her play time when she's napping. I've started going through each room of the house & trying to get it organized. While I was pregnant this summer and fall, there were so many family gatherings, church functions, etc., that I did basic, and I mean basic, cleaning when I could & had energy to do so. Now, I'm making up for it & getting things together to go to the local thrift store, trying to organize closets, and all that fun stuff.
So far, I've gotten Maleia's room done. Honestly, it took a week. Her room is 1/2 storage & 1/2 baby stuff. With all the hand-me-downs & Christmas gifts, I filled one 25 gallon container with her 3-6 months outfits and another 25 gallon container with 6-9 months outfits. Her dresser drawers hardly shut with her 0-3 months clothes!! The girl is quite the clothes hog. :) We truly are blessed because when she came into the world, we had 5 undershirts, 10 sleepers, and 3 sleeping sacks. As for the storage part of the room, it still looks like storage, but I know where everything is, and that's what counts!
One thing about being at home is being able to think about dinner & get it started earlier in the day. I've loved using the crockpot and just having time & energy to get dinner ready. It's hard to think about & do when you've put in 9 hours at a job 5 days a week! Not that taking care of your kids isn't working, but it's a different stress level I think.
Now, I'm wondering what other new SAHMs do to stay busy?
Here are some pics for the family. I've finally caught some smiles on camera.