Happy Wednesday friends! Since having Annabelle it’s been an adjustment trying to find a schedule that fits all our needs. Obviously, when you have a newborn all your focus is on them. Then they get a bit older and you start to realize if you don’t take time for yourself you’ll go a little bananas. Maybe this isn’t everyone, but it’s definitely been my experience! Now that she is eight months old, I find myself seeking more “me time”. That doesn’t necessarily mean pampering myself or getting my nails done, but it just means time without Annabelle breastfeeding or strapped to me via a baby carrier (even though I love it!). It’s a time where I can sit by myself and peacefully answer emails without making mistakes, deep clean the kitchen which is in desperate need of it, or run errands without having to worry about nap time. These things aren’t only for me, but for Doug too! He’s only worked on his car a handful of times, played video games, or done anything for himself outside of work. With a new baby sometimes it can feel like Groundhog day. They are on the same schedule day after day and so is the family for the most part. We didn’t want the choice to have children take away from our own interests and hobbies so we made a plan of action.
This month we printed out a “family calendar” and marked off certain days. These are what we specified: family days (aka going outside of the house: beach, hike, picnic, trying something new, etc.), days for Dad and days for Mom (where I either hang out with my parents with Annabelle so he can do things for himself or he takes Annabelle and I’m on my own for a few hours), and then regular scheduled appointments/arrangements. It all seems so simple, but I’m telling you if you’re a new Mom and are finding it hard to balance everything, having a family calendar will save you! Ever since we created one, things have been so much more manageable. We can make sure we still have time for each other, monthly budgeting, “me time”, and family time. For the most part, we always spend weekends together because it’s a time to enjoy each other’s company when Doug’s not at work!
I’m giving away 1 personalized calendar from Personalized Planner in today’s post!
This is a sample of the month of August. I wanted to share this idea with you because so many new Moms come to me and ask how I manage it all while telling me how overwhelmed they are. Trust me, I’ve been there and am still there some days! Over these past eight months, I’ve learned to be more intentional with my goals. If I want a solid marriage/ friendships or if my goal is to advance my career, I have to carve out time each week to do so and this has helped make everything I want attainable so that Doug and I are on the same page while still giving the best to Annabelle!
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