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Monday, October 11, 2010

Monday morning to do-ing for a brand new life.

In a lot of ways today is the first day of a whole new life for me. Maternity leave is over (my last day would have been tomorrow) and the Bug is now home full time with me. For the first time, I'm now a stay-at-home mom, at least for the next few months. In an effort to stay on track, I'm pulling my work habits home, and making a Monday morning to do list.  Not everything on the list will be done today, it's more of a list of goals for the week, along side scheduled things like my 6 week postpartum doctor's appointment, and a note that the Pirate needs to wear red on Thursday. Regardless, getting the high points written on paper will hopefully make it easier for me to adjust to this brand new world.
So what's on my list?
  • library story times (In case I'm brave enough to take the Bug and the baby out together)
  • return library books and donate the (literally) hundreds of books I purged this week
  • first run of Goodwill donations
  • return Redbox movies (ok, that one has to be done today)
  • red ribbon week activities
  • second coat of paint on the bathroom floor (basement bathroom, mostly unfinished, unused by us)
  • The Pirate's parent teacher conference
  • a list of blog post ideas, starting with tomorrow's post about planning your SAHM day, cause I'm gonna need HELP!

The picture is of my side table. You can just see the edge of my computer on the right. Then my coffee in my favorite mug, my to do list/ calendar (still blank for the week), some library books, an unread O magazine, the spiral notebook with my master to do list for moving, a pile of baby socks, and my box of baby supplies. We find it a lot easier with a new born to have a small basket of diapers, wipes, lotion, burp clothes, Mylicon (if you are expecting a baby, start stocking up on it or cheaper alternates now!) all at hand. It keeps the whole living room from becoming a baby room.

There are many other things I'll do this week, like pack and pack and pack, but these are the specific things on the list. So far. What's on your list for the week?

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  1. Sounds like a good plan, Lisa! I think it helps that you've been home on maternity leave so you can ease into not having to go back to work, but I imagine it will be strange for awhile.

    I have a holiday today and I need to run errands, so my immediate list includes getting those done. The rest of the week I'll be working so my list will mostly be work related. I'm not a big To Do list type person, and so my list right now is strictly mental. I do need still pack that curio cabinet. Never did get around to doing that this weekend . . . My husband will kill me if I start packing the books (he gets mad if I carry the laundry basket out to the garage--I'm not even 5 months along yet; I think I can manage that) but it's so tempting. And he's not here to stop me. I'll leave the full boxes for him to move. :-)

  2. My SAHM world isn't quite as chaotic as yours anymore, but I do remember those busy days and sleepless nights.

    I know I'm not answering your question and giving you unsolicited advice, but I might have two cents worth that might help you...

    I make my To-Do lists on Sundays instead of Mondays. Some days are SO crazy, you may not finish your list until Monday night and then that's one day gone already! LOL!

    Plan the next weeks meals on the weekends, too. I usually try to plan to make something that requires more time or attention (like stew or roasts) on a day that has less activities outside the home.

    Take a nap during the day if you can, when the baby naps. If your toddler isn't napping at the same time, have him read books to you while you nap on the sofa. Yes, let him read to you while you're napping. Not a typo. LOL. It worked with my eldest when she was small anyway. She just liked pretending to be the librarian during story hour. I'm sure there were a dozen stuffed animals lined up with me as her "audience". ;)


  3. I'm so impressed with everything you are about to take on! I created a three page list of things to get done before the baby comes, but I've largely been ignoring it. I ran around like a fool today trying to get some things done, though. I put important stuff on my iphone calendar, and then at night I carry it over to the next day, because I never seem to get anything done. In terms of SAHM stuff, I do a lot of organized activities - we definitely go out every day, and then I try to have projects in mind for at home too - because my son doesn't self entertain all that well yet, and I go out of my mind just playing by his side for more than a couple of hours.

  4. PS We never had much luck with Mylicon!

  5. Oh good luck with these next few months! I wish I wrote more to-do lists and was better organised :(

  6. I guess if I had read this post earlier I wouldn't have had to ask you if you quit your job! :) Sorry about that--perpetually behind.

    I'm not a big to-do list person. I get overwhelmed and then don't do anything. But I do like the idea Christine gave about making the list on Sundays. I also try to plan my meals out ahead of time--I used to make a list two weeks out but then got lazy. This helps with the grocery shopping and the panic of "what do I make!" I'd like to get into the habit of cooking ahead of time but know that won't ever happen.

    You'll be fine. :)

  7. I love the socks on the table. Makes me feel somewhat normal that there are others out there with socks on a table.

    I think a "to-do" list is always helpful. Just the act of writing the stuff out puts me at ease. I get wound up when there is too much to do.

    Hang in there. We will be with you through this process so if you ever completely wonk out you know where to find me.


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