As most of you know, I tried to quit my job when M was about 6 weeks old, and they offered to let me stay on as a very part time contractor (I work around 15 hours a week).
I’ve been working from home for about a month now and am finally starting to get into a decent routine balacing work and M. The biggest issue I’ve faced is balancing M, work, and things around the house. M comes first, then work, then cloth diaper laundry, then everything else. I tend to start something on the “everything else” list, and then M needs me or I need to respond to email and it doesn’t get finished for hours.
When I first started this gig, M was sleeping like a champ. I was able to get up in the mornings around 700am and shower, have breakfast and work until 830-9am when she woke up. I would get a good chunk of work completed before she was even awake–it was awesome! We’ve hit a sleep regression and sometimes she’s up 3-4 times a night now (this started about 10 days ago). Yikes! The last few days have been a bit better, but I’ve been catching up with sleep instead of getting up early. Now I try to get as much work done as I can while she plays on her play mat or during naps, and my husband watches her for awhile at night while I finish up. We both do “house” chores when we have time. We don’t mind clutter, but we can’t tolerate “dirty”.
I will now show you some real photos of what my house looks like on a regular basis now that I’m working from home.
1. Dishes in the dink because M is sleeping in the living room. I can’t unload the dishwaster while she’s asleep because the blanking wakes her up. She’s not very sensitive to noise during naps, but she HATES the noise the dishes make.
2. Baby stares at seahose for nearly 30 minutes while mommy gets things done.
1. Full bag of dirty cloth diapers. Oops.
2. Email open, work on the desk, and baby playing on the floor peacefully.
1. I tried to make us lunches for the week (quinoa, cheddar, black beans, corn, olive oil, tumeric and coriander if you’re interested) but M needed me. It sat there half-made for 30 minutes, then I threw it in the fridge and finished 3 hours later.
2. Sheets in the guest room. I was able to wash and dry them but putting them back ON the bed is a whole different story.
Yeah…my house is a mini-disaster right now. I really need to finish one task before I start the next…