First, this post is probably going to be significantly shorter than my other fmf posts, because rhythm is a difficult word to type. Also, I'm going on not a whole lot of sleep. Why? Well, I do have a 16 month old daughter. The little dear decided that she didn't really want to sleep last night, so she was up from about 12:30 until 4:00 or so. I am lucky enough to have the greatest husband ever, who took the 1:30-3:30 shift so I could get a little more sleep and be somewhat awake for work this morning, but still...motherhood is hard!
I guess I thought that by the time she was this age I would have my rhythm. I would be in a routine: wake up, snuggle, go to work, come home, snuggle, magically have dinner on the table without any prep time so I don't miss out on my snuggle/play time, spend 10 minutes cleaning up, snuggle, play, bedtime. Right? That's how it goes?
While I'm still struggling to find my rhythm and get everything down, I have figured out a few things. The dirty dishes can stay for one more night. Yes, the pile will be a little bigger tomorrow, but so will P. Laundry can sit in the hamper for another hour on Saturday so I can play in the sand box until nap time. In the last few weeks (days? hours? seconds? I can't really tell anymore!) my baby has turned from a baby into a toddler, or maybe, dare I say it, even a little girl. She's becoming more independent (and she was always a do-it-myself kind of girl). She can climb
and attempt to put her shoes and clothes on.
Yes, finding balance and the right rhythm is important, but it's not going to happen overnight. It might not even happen over 16 months. Maybe two years. Maybe three. Maybe I'll get into my rhythm just in time for the next kid to throw it all off. Then I'll start all over again and remind myself to cherish every smile and cry and yogurt smeared face (and hand and belly, because she refuses to let us feed her and hasn't quite mastered the spoon!). Yes, even those 4:00 am smiles are beautiful.
Okay, so I went a little longer than five minutes today. It was just flowing, so I wasn't about to stop! The pictures were added after because, well, they're really cute! Moms, I'd love to hear what helped you find your rhythm...leave a comment and help this new mommy out!