Mommy - My new number one priority is wearing my mom hat. I want to be the best mom I can be for Ella and be there for her at all times. It's been a challenge now that I'm back at work but its also helped me make the most of our time together. During the week is the hardest because I only get a couple hours in the morning and at night with her. Thankfully she's in daycare at my work so I use my lunch time to go down and check on her and get in a few hugs and kisses. I also cherish morning time now. She's always so happy and giggly when I go get her in the morning. There's nothing better than seeing her smiling face when I walk in her room. Seeing that makes it all worth it.
PR Professional - I went back to work a couple of weeks ago and it's definitely been a transition and adjustment. I'm a different "employee" than I was before maternity leave. The old me would work 10 hours days, constantly on my blackberry and able to take on any new project. The new me works 9-5:30, doesn't have time to check her blackberry unless before 7am or after 9pm and trying to juggle it all. I've found being organized and getting out the door in a timely fashion is key. I get up around 5am every morning to either go to the gym or get myself together. The best thing my husband and I did was establish a routine. On MWF, I'm at the gym then home to get myself ready for work and Hubby takes care of Ella and vice versa on Tu/Th. And we do everything the night before - make her bottles, prep anything she needs for daycare, make my breakfast/lunch, etc. We've gotten into such a good rhythm that I'm able to get out the door every morning without feeling stressed. It's all about being a team and organized.
Housekeeper - I like a very clean and organized house and I HATE clutter. It's been a challenge to keep up a clean and organized house when you have an infant at home and both you and your husband work fairly demanding jobs. First thing is, thank goodness for my cleaning lady who comes every two weeks. She is seriously a lifesaver!!! I would give up Starbucks, pedicures, shopping, whatever it took to keep my cleaning lady! And then as far as the day to day and keeping things neat a tidy...it's all about putting things away right away and implementing some new organization methods like the Kitchen Command Center. I also have a very helpful husband that also hates clutter.
Cook - With the first three "hats" really who has time to cook?!?!?! Again, it's all about the organization. I plan my meals out ahead of time (thank you to Pinterest for the helpful planning sheet), grocery shop for those specific meals and cook as much as I can first. For example this is our weekly menu (I don't usually plan Sat/Sun because there's actually time to cook and I don't have to worry ahead of time)and how I prepped ahead of time -
- Turkey Tacos - Prepped the meat and everything that goes with it yesterday. Just have to heat up the meat and tacos shells and put my tacos together.
- Roasted Tilapia - Decided to do this meal on a day that my husband goes to the gym in the morning. He gets home from work before me so he can be in charge of dinner and have it ready for when I get home.
- Slow Cooker Pot Roast - Key word in this meal is "slow cooker". I prep everything the night before and then in the AM all I have to do is throw it all together and turn on the crock pot. Voila - dinner ready when I walk in the door.
- Slower Cooker Creamy Chicken Noodle Soup - Again prep the night before, throw everything in the crock pot and dinner ready to go when I get home.
Blogger - This has definitely fallen to the back burner as you can see by lack of posts. It's not that I don't have lots of things to blog about...really I do...but between all the other hats and keeping up the family blog I really have little to no time to work on Favorite Things. I've decided that I want to start setting aside a couple hours a week (once during the week and a couple on the weekend) to take time to blog. I love my blog and the community I've built. I want to keep growing and meeting new bloggers. So here's my promise to you - at least one or two blog posts a week and all I ask is for your patience.
Just being Christina - This "hat" has by far been the hardest one to balance...I'm always last on the list. And I know that's how it should be most of the time but sometimes I really just want some "me" time. I've been desperately needing a haircut and manicure/pedicure but unfortunately its always last on the list of things to do and as you can see from all the other "hats" my to do list is VERY long. I'm getting much better about it and thanks to my amazing husband I'm able to have some "me" time. I also try and have time to myself when Ella is sleeping. On Mondays, Wednesdays and Friday I get up at 5am and head to the gym. I'm home in time to see Ella wake up. It's not easy getting up that early but I end up having more energy if I get a quick workout in.