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Motherhood Mondays // Changes


I am beginning to notice a shift in my productivity lately.
It's not that I am not doing things,
but things seem to pile up more quickly the bigger your family becomes (duh!).
I didn't notice too big of a difference when we added in Liam,
but adding Guinnyth seemed like it added quite a bit more housework.

Laundry... picking up after each other... cooking... snack crumbs... and the list continues.

The biggest change is in the laundry.
I feel like it is never ending sometimes.
The feeling of never being caught up is daunting.
It's like the entire house is a wreck, 
simply because the laundry isn't all washed, folded, and placed neatly in drawers. 

As I am preparing for another little blessing to come swaddled through our door,
I am working on changing my mindset about how my house is going to look and function.
I will probably never be completely caught up on laundry- for years.
I will probably always have crumbs under the table for a portion of the day.
I will probably always have a sink stained with kiddie toothpaste or hand soap.

I am preparing myself to know that it will all be okay.
I don't like days when I am laboring away and spend little time engaging with my kids.
I don't like days when I allow guilt to creep in for not having it all together.
It will all be okay.

I am learning to allow some imperfections in order to keep life simple.
We are implementing simple resolutions to help us flow better through the day.
Even though the laundry is rarely, if ever, completely done...
it isn't a mark as to what kind of mom I am.
It just shows that we have a lot of love and living going on within these walls.

I will share next time a few things that we have been doing for awhile to help keep the house tidy... :)


12 comments:

  1. Oh, laundry! People teased me before I got married, asking if I'd be able to handle household chores like laundry. I grew up with 6 siblings. We did a minimum of 2 loads of laundry every day. It doesn't end, it's just part of the daily routine!! But my Mom hasn't done laundry in ten years or more. Once those little ones get big enough to handle chores like laundry, it gets a lot easier on the woman in charge of the home!

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    1. Ahhh... yes! I am so looking forward to them being able to help more with the laundry! Maybe I should get a step-stool so I won't have to wait so long for them to grow and be able to reach in the washer! :)

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  2. I love this, I feel the same way. We are preparing for our fourth baby also and it's a little overwhelming to me that I can't keep up as it is. I look forward to hearing what is helping you!

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    1. It is one of the main things I am fretting about when it comes to the baby arriving. I am so excited for her to be here, but I know the laundry mountain will continue to grow. It will all get done... eventually! :) I will give some tips next monday! :)

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  3. Sounds like you have a good perspective! Laundry piles up at our house too?

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  4. So nice to meet you, Liz!!
    You have a cute blog and a
    beautiful family :-) May I
    invite you to visit me here...
    http://katherinasawe.blogspot.com/

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    1. Thank you, Kath! So happy you stopped by.

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  5. Oh my goodness, I totally relate to this. I just had my first 4 months ago and I'm still adjusting to the fact that my home will never look the same again (although it's never been filled with so much love either!)...

    I just wanted to share my own reflection on this weird life/home shift! http://www.theblossomingbump.com/?p=898

    Thanks for sharing this!

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    1. It is a difficult realization to see the "perfection" melt away with the introduction of a baby, but it is so worth it! Blessings!

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  6. Oh my goodness, I can totally relate! I just had my first 4 months ago and I'm still coming to terms with the fact that my house will NEVER look the same again (or be filled with so much love, I'm sure!)

    I just wanted to share my own reflections on this wacky life/home balance: http://www.theblossomingbump.com/?p=898

    Thanks for sharing your perspective!

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  7. This is such a great and encouraging post. I am a mother to a newly one-year-old boy and I'm 23 weeks pregnant with a baby girl {eee!}. The inward struggle I have between spending time with my son {or much-needed time alone} and keeping house can be burdening. I loved your sentence: "Even though the laundry is rarely, if ever, completely done...it isn't a mark as to what kind of mom I am." I think THAT is what I believe, the lie that the state of my house - how "perfect" its state is - determines what kind of mother I am. Ugh. I need to get that out of my head. Part of my PPD after my son was because I felt guilty about the house.

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    1. I am so glad you found it encouraging. So exciting to be expecting a little girl!!! She will light up your world. :)

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