I started the year with bags of energy for my blog and a whole host of ideas and posts I wanted to kick off. I started out really well, writing quite a few posts and then I did nothing last week due to so many barriers. Well that’s not entirely true as I did manage my #LivingArrows week 4 post, but I don’t class that as part of my true monthly target. And with this week set to look similar to last, I thought I’d just take a moment to
rant about share some of my main barriers to blogging.
My top five barriers to blogging this week
Selling our flat
One of our top five projects for 2017 is to move house and we put our flat on the market last Monday. Luckily we had quite a number of viewings, but it took up so much time trying to keep the flat tidy and I’d totally underestimated how much effort this would take with two little ones. I’ll soon be sharing the lessons I’ve learned, but in the meantime, just imagine what it’s been like trying to tidy up toys, get a coat and shoes on one child, only for the other to start pulling out new toys. Throw in a few stop-rushing-me-mummy tantrums and you can probably see why this is my main barrier to blogging.
Finding a nanny
I’ve got 12 weeks to go before I’m due to officially start back at work after my second maternity leave (not that I’m counting) and top of my to-do list, even before figuring out what job I’m actually going back to, is to find a nanny. The good news is that I think we’ve found the perfect person, but it’s taken a lot of work doing the search and agreeing terms, not to mention getting my head around calculating the cost and all the legalities that come with becoming an employer.
Petit Pudding turns nine months this week and he’s still been waking up every night, sometimes twice a night, for milk. I’ve decided enough is enough. He’s not teething or ill, he gets plenty to eat during the day and I think it’s just become a habit. I’ll be sharing my top five lessons on night weaning soon, but trust me when I say it’s been pretty exhausting for everyone involved and I’ve had to go to bed earlier than normal. Why do we need so much sleep? Add it to the list of barriers for us bloggers!
Choupie is now two and 3 months and I fear that she’s already starting to drop her daytime nap. This week, she missed three (yes, that’s THREE barriers to blogging in just one week!) Her new thing is taking her sleeping bag off and removing her nappy if it gets wet. We’ve only just recently nailed potty training so I think she finds it confusing to wear a nappy for bed. The other day, she was singing Frère Jacques from the top of her lungs. Oh, the irony! Dormez-vous? Not likely. Many articles I’ve read say there’s often a sleep regression at around age two (I’m hoping she’s a late developer on this one!)) and that I shouldn’t drop the naps just yet. So I’m going to stick with putting her down at the usual time in the hope she’ll soon get back on track. The missed nap is such a time thief!
I’ve written before about how hard it is to cook for my fussy eater, but since starting to wean Petit Pudding, I’ve now got two little mouths to negotiate every mealtime. Choupie is still as fussy as ever and for whatever reason, they just never seem to be hungry at the same time. This means I’ve ended up resorting to pouches rather than home-cooked meals for Petit Pudding or I’ve had to rustle up the same old tried and tested (quick) meals for Choupie.
Neither of them are getting enough vegetables or protein in them so I’m making it my mission to try and get back to basics. However, this means cooking more, which takes MORE time, MORE tidying up, and I’m really not enjoying it. Most of the time, my healthy food gets rejected and I end up wondering why I bother. I’d love to know how people manage to look after two little kids AND cook decent meals for everyone without the kids kicking off. Some days, taking just 10 minutes to prep veg seems impossible when I have a strong willed ‘helper’ who wants to do everything with me while the other has to go ignored on the floor nearby. Seriously, if you’re reading this and you have some tips – bar chopping veg at midnight – I’d love to hear from you!
The thing I have to remember about blogging, is that it is supposed to be a hobby. So why do I get upset if a week goes by and I haven’t managed to write a post? After all, all of the above is so much more important in the grand scheme of things. I think it’s because I really want to capture what’s going on in our lives and I fear that if I don’t write it down, I may forget. It’s also the one thing that’s just for me – between the cooking, the tidying, the sleep training, the potty training and the rejected food. And ultimately, I can’t help but feel robbed when I don’t manage to create a little space for me in the week. This post is my attempt at claiming that time back. Even if it is nearly midnight and I may be up again in a few hours.
Job done, rant over.
What are your time thieves? I’d love to hear how you overcome barriers and claim back time
for yourself in the week