Amy P. kind of touched on this in her blog last week... and I've kind of been feeling the same way. Lately, I've felt "all over the place".
Being a mother is a full 24-hour job... and it doesn't stop. And, no one gives you an instruction manual. Wouldn't it be great, if along with the baby, out popped a set of directions.. "Care and Use of Baby". But no, we are left to our own devices on how to raise our children. I think what's most overwhelming about the whole situation is that there is no "break". Even when I'm apart from Brett, I'm still thinking about him, you know?
And, beyond that, I still feel like I haven't found my groove. Starting a new job is always a stressful situation... I don't care what it is. If I'd just started at Mickey D's, I think I'd be stressed. It's beyond the job. It's about getting to know the people you work with and figuring out the style of the workplace and how your boss runs things. I feel like I'm starting to get into the swing of things now at work (and on another note... going from being the boss to being an employee gives me a whole 'nother vantage point... as a boss there were certain things that my employees did that made me happy... now I try to incorporate that, and stay one step ahead. I'm SOOO glad I'm not the boss anymore, can I just say that?). But I'm still not to the point where I was at The Orchard... where I just knew the place inside and out.
And, my days are just so drastically different. Three days a week I get up at the same time as Steve... drive 30 minutes to my mother's to drop Brett off (which I am SOOO thankful for... it's worth the drive to the other side of town). Then I drive ANOTHER 30 minutes in a completely DIFFERENT direction to work. While there, I stay pretty busy for 6 1/2 hours and then pick up Brett and come home. Then comes making dinner, getting on the treadmill and taking a shower.
The other four days a week I'm home. And, the two that I'm home alone with Brett can be sooo lazy if I don't get going in the mornings. I really do try though. I suddenly feel this pressure to be a perfect mother and wife. I try to get all of the laundry done, and the house all picked up an clean on these days... while entertaining the most social baby of all time. Other times I'm just soo tired that all I can do is hang out with the little guy.
And then, there are the weekends. Usually Steve gets going with his chores (mowing the grass, washing the cars, etc.), leaving me to watch Brett. Again, depending on my energy level... I either get things done or they go by the wayside.
What is missing in my life is a natural "rythm" of sorts. I don't feel 100% comfortable in my new roles yet, and it's stressing me out. Plus, I now make less than 1/2 of what I made before. This has made a significant difference in our lifestyle. Just going to Chicago for one weekend adds at least an additional $100 to our budget once you factor in gas and kenneling the dogs. I feel like we should visit Steve's family more now that we have Brett, but it's just not feasible.
And, the baby weight. It's not coming off as I had hoped. Now, granted, I'm not following a strict diet. I still enjoy dessert after dinner... but I'm putting the time in on the treadmill and nursing. I have to deal with those annoying body issue demons again... plus I may just have to buy new clothes again (ugh.. the money issue again!)
I don't mean for this to sound like a "rant" of sorts. I am just hoping for some magical answer to fall out of the sky as to how I can be the superwoman that I want to be.
I've been discovering many more gray hairs as of late and have been frantically pulling them out. I have a feeling my new life isn't helping the situation!