Making More Effort

Thursday, June 02, 2016


Juggling working and parenting, a social life, housework and my blog has proved a little more difficult than I had anticipated. I feel like I am stretched in every direction and nothing receives my full attention. There is always something else I need to do; a room to clean, laundry to wash or an email to send. And whilst I like to be busy, everything has started to get a bit too much and I'm finding it hard to make proper time for the one person who needs it the most - Zach.

There are two days each week where it is just the two of us. I had intended these to be filled with fun activities, trips to the park and the odd afternoon swim but I've found that more often than not we spend the day at home whilst I try and wage a one woman battle against the house. Not quite the quality time I had imagined.

I've realised things need to change pretty drastically, and I plan to make a lot more effort to get out of the house and spend the day having fun with my son. He's not going to be a toddler forever, and I really want to make the most out of the time we have together.

I bought Zach a new swim suit last week, and we went swimming for the first time in months. We spent an hour splashing around in the water and had the most fun we've had in ages. When we got in the pool he was so nervous, and it was amazing to see him gain his confidence during the time we were there;  by the time we left he was charging around without a care in the world. I plan to take him regularly from now on, and maybe even join some swimming lessons.

I've signed us up to a toddler music group which starts next week, and I just know that Zach will love it. It will be a first for us as I have never really taken Zach to any baby or toddler groups because honestly I really don't like them. However he goes to a couple with my mum which he really enjoys, and I know how much he loves playing with other children, so I've decided its high time to start taking him myself.

I have also just been put onto our car insurance which means that we are free to explore a little further afield. This has been a long time coming as I passed my driving test almost a year ago, and it feels like a new door has opened up for us. There is a messy play session in village not too far from us which I'd love to take Zach to, and now we can finally go!

I hope that over the next few months we can get into a new routine which involves lots of trips out and most importantly lots of fun!

6 comments

  1. I feel the same. I'm with Ailsa every day but there's always housework to do, clothes to put away and dinner to make. We do go to a couple of groups a week but I'm going to make much more of an effort to have a couple of mornings or afternoons where we spend good quality time one on one and go out and about and do fun things. Xxx

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    1. I think it's nice to make a little bit more effort, because it's so easy to fall into a rut, but then at the same time important to appreciate the time you spend together even when you're just at home! So hard to balance everything xx

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  2. I feel exactly the same Chantal, you're not alone. I think that blogging and instagram make you feel like you need to be out and about all the time, enjoying the outdoors or doing fun activities. Just think though, that one or two days you're indoors with Zach playing and laughing are still special. I try and make the most of the situation, no matter what. You're doing great! xx

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    1. It's so nice to know I'm not alone, and you are so right about making the most of the situation no matter what. Why does it matter if we don't go on big adventures everyday? As long as we're together that's what counts xx

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  3. Ah I think we all feel like this from time to time. I know i do. Since having our baby boy I feel like I am failing at everything- blogging, working, dedicating time to my children, housework! I am sure I will get there eventually! Enjoy your days with your boy, you are right it is definitely the most important. x

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    1. It's so hard juggling everything, and I only have one! You are a super mum!! xx

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