Baby Steps

Yesterday I did two hours of work and did a load of laundry.

Today I emptied the dishwasher and did an hour of work and it is only 10:15 AM.

Baby steps.

I appreciate everyone’s good wishes…and I don’t mean to convey the impression that I am anywhere nearing a breaking point.

I know the dust bunnies can wait–but there is a certain minimum that must be done! As DH can attest (although he probably would not because he is so gallant), housekeeping has never been my strong suit. Cooking, yes. Decorating, maybe. Tidying up the place? Well, let’s just say I have been compared to a hurricane on multiple occasions.

Lilah is very obliging in that she (so far! knock on wood!) calms quickly when I am actively calming her.

Because of her condition, though, I have to keep her calm.

Throughout the day she fusses whenever she either is not asleep or in my arms and the sling. Furthermore, I have to be moving while holding her.

She is a clever baby and will accept no substitutes for mommy! Lilah will not be fooled by swings or recordings (though they do sometimes help her if she is already drifiting off to sleep).

The sling (baby carrier) is a Godsend, but there is a limit as to what I can do since bending down is difficult with her in it.

So, I can tidy anything at waist-level or higher, but I can’t pick things up off the floor.

I can load/empty the top of the dishwasher, but I can’t get to the bottom.

I can throw clothes in the wash, but not load and empty the dryer.

I can make a sandwich for myself (as long as the ingredients are on the top shelves), but I can’t sit down to eat it!

She really likes it when I vacuum…so ironically, dust bunnies are actually not a concern.

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30 comments

  1. Sarah says:

    Shoot, I don’t have a kid or a job and you seem to be keeping up with my housekeeping pace!!! I’d say you’ve got things covered.

  2. Sarah says:

    Shoot, I don’t have a kid or a job and you seem to be keeping up with my housekeeping pace!!! I’d say you’ve got things covered.

  3. Sarah says:

    Shoot, I don’t have a kid or a job and you seem to be keeping up with my housekeeping pace!!! I’d say you’ve got things covered.

  4. Sarah says:

    Shoot, I don’t have a kid or a job and you seem to be keeping up with my housekeeping pace!!! I’d say you’ve got things covered.

  5. Sarah says:

    Shoot, I don’t have a kid or a job and you seem to be keeping up with my housekeeping pace!!! I’d say you’ve got things covered.

  6. Household6 says:

    Glad to hear you are getting into a rythm

  7. Household6 says:

    Glad to hear you are getting into a rythm

  8. Household6 says:

    Glad to hear you are getting into a rythm

  9. Household6 says:

    Glad to hear you are getting into a rythm

  10. Household6 says:

    Glad to hear you are getting into a rythm

  11. Melinda says:

    Before you know it, you’ll be toting her around IN the laundry basket. For some reason both my girls loved sitting in those things, full or empty, and it was a nice little container for them while I hung up or folded clothes. LOL

    Sounds like you’re doing great!

  12. Melinda says:

    Before you know it, you’ll be toting her around IN the laundry basket. For some reason both my girls loved sitting in those things, full or empty, and it was a nice little container for them while I hung up or folded clothes. LOL

    Sounds like you’re doing great!

  13. Melinda says:

    Before you know it, you’ll be toting her around IN the laundry basket. For some reason both my girls loved sitting in those things, full or empty, and it was a nice little container for them while I hung up or folded clothes. LOL

    Sounds like you’re doing great!

  14. Melinda says:

    Before you know it, you’ll be toting her around IN the laundry basket. For some reason both my girls loved sitting in those things, full or empty, and it was a nice little container for them while I hung up or folded clothes. LOL

    Sounds like you’re doing great!

  15. Melinda says:

    Before you know it, you’ll be toting her around IN the laundry basket. For some reason both my girls loved sitting in those things, full or empty, and it was a nice little container for them while I hung up or folded clothes. LOL

    Sounds like you’re doing great!

  16. My Dash, was my attached baby. If he wasn’t nursing, or in the sling, he was screaming. NO joke….

    So I hear you. I will add here, that it is THE BEST advice to SLEEP when the baby sleeps…

    I fought that, and paid for it…

    Do what you need to do to feel comfortable…

  17. My Dash, was my attached baby. If he wasn’t nursing, or in the sling, he was screaming. NO joke….

    So I hear you. I will add here, that it is THE BEST advice to SLEEP when the baby sleeps…

    I fought that, and paid for it…

    Do what you need to do to feel comfortable…

  18. My Dash, was my attached baby. If he wasn’t nursing, or in the sling, he was screaming. NO joke….

    So I hear you. I will add here, that it is THE BEST advice to SLEEP when the baby sleeps…

    I fought that, and paid for it…

    Do what you need to do to feel comfortable…

  19. My Dash, was my attached baby. If he wasn’t nursing, or in the sling, he was screaming. NO joke….

    So I hear you. I will add here, that it is THE BEST advice to SLEEP when the baby sleeps…

    I fought that, and paid for it…

    Do what you need to do to feel comfortable…

  20. My Dash, was my attached baby. If he wasn’t nursing, or in the sling, he was screaming. NO joke….

    So I hear you. I will add here, that it is THE BEST advice to SLEEP when the baby sleeps…

    I fought that, and paid for it…

    Do what you need to do to feel comfortable…

  21. Can I also add, here Dash’s fussiness was unexplained colic, until the “colic” lasted 7 months +…

    no reflux, no allergy…

    secrets to the Universe perhaps, the tot was READING at 18 months…

    so…

    hold on lady..

    and I ended up having to practice attachment parenting out of need…

    Dr. Harvey Karp, was my lifesaver…

  22. Can I also add, here Dash’s fussiness was unexplained colic, until the “colic” lasted 7 months +…

    no reflux, no allergy…

    secrets to the Universe perhaps, the tot was READING at 18 months…

    so…

    hold on lady..

    and I ended up having to practice attachment parenting out of need…

    Dr. Harvey Karp, was my lifesaver…

  23. Can I also add, here Dash’s fussiness was unexplained colic, until the “colic” lasted 7 months +…

    no reflux, no allergy…

    secrets to the Universe perhaps, the tot was READING at 18 months…

    so…

    hold on lady..

    and I ended up having to practice attachment parenting out of need…

    Dr. Harvey Karp, was my lifesaver…

  24. Can I also add, here Dash’s fussiness was unexplained colic, until the “colic” lasted 7 months +…

    no reflux, no allergy…

    secrets to the Universe perhaps, the tot was READING at 18 months…

    so…

    hold on lady..

    and I ended up having to practice attachment parenting out of need…

    Dr. Harvey Karp, was my lifesaver…

  25. Can I also add, here Dash’s fussiness was unexplained colic, until the “colic” lasted 7 months +…

    no reflux, no allergy…

    secrets to the Universe perhaps, the tot was READING at 18 months…

    so…

    hold on lady..

    and I ended up having to practice attachment parenting out of need…

    Dr. Harvey Karp, was my lifesaver…

  26. MollyPitcher says:

    AFTM…7+ mos…that’s supposed to comfort me? 😉

    They should have had you around when China was instituting the one child policy.

    JK of course. I appreciate the spirit of comaraderie in the comment!

  27. MollyPitcher says:

    AFTM…7+ mos…that’s supposed to comfort me? 😉

    They should have had you around when China was instituting the one child policy.

    JK of course. I appreciate the spirit of comaraderie in the comment!

  28. MollyPitcher says:

    AFTM…7+ mos…that’s supposed to comfort me? 😉

    They should have had you around when China was instituting the one child policy.

    JK of course. I appreciate the spirit of comaraderie in the comment!

  29. MollyPitcher says:

    AFTM…7+ mos…that’s supposed to comfort me? 😉

    They should have had you around when China was instituting the one child policy.

    JK of course. I appreciate the spirit of comaraderie in the comment!

  30. MollyPitcher says:

    AFTM…7+ mos…that’s supposed to comfort me? 😉

    They should have had you around when China was instituting the one child policy.

    JK of course. I appreciate the spirit of comaraderie in the comment!

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