So last week, on Wednesday I believe, I did my first housework while staying home with Thomas. Nearly FOUR MONTHS of being home with Thomas and I finally did some housework during the day while my spouse was at work and I was caring for Thomas! No, dinner isn’t ready and on the table when my wife gets home, in fact my wife ends up making dinner more often than I do. I am not waiting at the door to take her jacket and hand her a drink, the newspaper and a cigar. When my wife gets home I am ready for her to take over Thomas’ care so I can do something else. It isn’t that I don’t love Thomas or that the days are that hard because they aren’t, in fact our days are usually a lot of fun. Caring for infants requires SO much of your focus that you cannot expect to do anything else throughout the day with any level of attention unless you neglect your child’s attention. I’m sure this will change over time because even now Thomas can play by himself with his toys for a while but he won’t do this for long, so he still requires constant supervision.
I’m basing these expectations on Leave it to Beaver, which is a TV show most people are probably familiar with. There have been times where I wish I could be this super-mom or super-dad that people see in movies or television as if that would be easier. I guess it is time to summon my June Cleaver powers! I do not know how people find time to get things done during the day while watching infants… What I did on Wednesday was vacuum/sweep and clean the bathroom mirror and toilet. I did this courtesy of the BABYBJÖRN Baby Carrier that we received as a baby shower gift. This amount of cleaning took about an hour… Thomas enjoyed himself the whole time, we listened to The Beatles and Bon Jovi while cleaning.
I have decided to try and get more things done, each day, that keep me busy and will keep our home clean. Perhaps I’ll even upgrade a few things around the house!
Between Thomas’ feedings, naps and the rest being playtime, I use what time I have to relax (typically) but I now realize I should get in the habit of doing some things around the house each day.
What are your secrets for getting things done at home? I need all the help I can get!