Todays post has been brought to you as part of the wonderful Multi Coloured Blog Swap by the very lovely real housewife of suffolk . So once you have read her guest post here please hop over to her page and read some more! (she’s really rather good you know!!)
Since July last year, when my second son Harry was born, my house looks like its been picked up, shaken, turned upside down 5 times, shaken a bit more, then been put back.
Its unorganised with clothes piled everywhere.
We have major storage issues (which my husband fails to recognise or address) therefore I am left thinking of alternatives which don’t really work out.
I’ve tried to get on with housework, but each time I pick up a duster, or walk towards the ironing board, one of the children needs me.
Either Harry needs feeding, his nappy changed or to nap.
Or Charles, my 2 year old, needs a juice, the toilet, a yogurt, a sandwich, to hold Harry, to watch Mister Maker.
So nothing gets done.
A couple of weeks ago I was in the middle of a job, it was preparing tea. Harry started crying and I called that “mummy is now coming” “I’ll be there in a sec” “shhh shhh shhh”
Then, I stopped peeling the potatoes.
Why was I worried about having tea on the table?
My son NEEDED me. Even if it was just for a cuddle.
It just meant dinner would be 5 minutes later than usual. Which didn’t matter, we had no other plans or places to be after dinner so it didn’t even matter if dinner would be 30 minutes later.
I went and cuddled and fed Harry until he was happy again.
I got a lot more satisfaction out of that than peeling potatoes.
I told myself, as I sat there with my baby in my arms and my toddler chatting away, that THIS is important. Spending every second and minute I can doing this. Interacting with my children, entertaining my children and seeing to their needs.
My house is clean, just not tidy. The rooms are tidy when they need to be (i.e. guests coming over) but other than that there is the odd pile of toys, clutter and clothes but nothing unbearable or out of control.
My children come first. The housework can wait.
Thank you Lauren! I think we can all relate to your words!
My post for the Blog swap is being hosted by the equally lovely Tales of a Twin Mum Please visit her site too!
And of course huge thanks to trouble-doubled so an extra huge vote of thanks to her for all the hard work and having the fab idea in the first place!!