Thursday, July 20, 2006

Free Time

Remember how much free time we had when we were children? I can remember hounding my Mother all the time for something to do because I was bored. What ever happened to all that free time? I don't have time to get 8 hours of sleep any more, much less actually sit still long enough to be bored. My daily schedule typically goes like this:
  • 6:30 - 7:15 Get Up, Get Dressed, Get Out the Door
  • 7:30 -4:30 Work
  • 4:45 - 5:30 Do Chores I can't do with baby underfoot
  • 5:30 -6:00 Cook Dinner or watch baby, depending on who's turn to cook
  • 6:00 -7:00 Clear the table, clean the baby, eat, feed baby, clean baby up
  • 7:00 - 8:00 Play with baby, run a bath, wash the baby, dress baby for bedtime
  • 8:00 - 8:30 Read to baby, get another bottle of milk into the baby
  • 8:30 - 9:30 Clean the kitchen, do laundry and other semi quiet chores
  • 9:30 - 10:00 Shower and "relax"
  • 10:00 - 10:30 Get ready for bed, make sure I have work clothes to wear
  • 10:30 - 11:00 Take vitamins, make a bottle for the baby's middle of the night wake up, read
  • 11:00 - 5:30 SLEEP - wake up when baby starts crying
  • 5:30 - 5:50 Feed baby bottle, put her back into her crib or collapse with baby into bed
  • 5:50 - 6:30 Spend 13 mins getting back to sleep in time for the alarm to interupt good dream.

When am I supposed to get any knitting done? I spent my lunch hours at work trying to get some exercise in, but a knee injury has slowed that down. Sometimes I knit at lunch and I tend to get some knitting done in the evenings - maybe 20 minutes worth. At this rate, I will have my baby's blanket completed in time for Valorie's graduation from high school. Does every mother deal with this? I am blessed with a husband who does cook and help clean and care for the baby, but since he gets her ready in the mornings, I tend to get her in the evenings. Don't get me wrong, I cherish my time with my kid, but how the heck am I supposed to work in me time? I'm slowly getting caught up on household chores, so I might squeeze some in right after work soon. Thank God that I am allowed to work some flex time at work. If I didn't get home until 5:15 or so, I'd go bonkers.

Thursday, July 13, 2006

Busy as a Bee!

Sorry for the long lapse of no entries, but since March, Hubby lost and found a job, I lost and found a job and Valorie had almost 5 months of being a stay home baby. Finances also got so tight that we lost our internet access for a bit. It was worth it though, because I got to be at home to see Valorie's first steps at a late 15.5 months. She also has gotten in a mouth full of teeth. Currently she has one molar and 4 front teeth. She is working on 2 more front teeth and 2 more molars. She gets mighty grumpy when those molars break thru the gums!

On the knitting front - being stay home mommy for a while did allow me to get most of a baby's blanket done. I'll post a shot of it soon. I did finish my Dad's green socks and knitted a nice pair of cherry hill socks in a cabled pattern. Colors were browns, blacks, and turquiose - loved the yarn! I knit them for me, but with money so tight, I wound up giving them to my mother in law for her birthday. She also just had gastric by pass surgery this month. She is doing well and has already lost 20 lbs. My mother also had surgery in June - knee replacement. She is also doing great and is walking without a cane, these days. It's amazing how quickly the body can bounce back!

I'm still working on the burgundy lace moebius scarf. It's about 3/4 done. I'll post pics of it, soon too. Promise! In the meantime - here is a recent shot of miss Val!