Becoming a Mother for the first time is a really big transition. You go from having all the freedom in the world, to taking care of this tiny human while running on very little sleep. I wouldn’t trade it for the world and I feel so fortunate to be a Mom, but it’s definitely a challenge at first. Thankfully life with Charlotte is a lot easier now that she is one, and I’ve also developed a few tricks to balance it all as a working Mom. I’m definitely no expert, but here are 5 things that work for us:
1.Use a grocery delivery service:
Instacart is my biggest life saver. I’ve never actually been to a grocery store with Charlotte and instead we have all of our groceries delivered each week. We have a membership that costs $99 for the year for unlimited deliveries, or you can pay $3.99 for a one time delivery. For us it’s worth it not having to take time to go to the grocery store each week, and the fact that we don’t have to bring Charlotte along with us is even better. There are other options though including grocery pick-up at Walmart for no extra cost if you order a certain amount of groceries.
2.Hire a house cleaner:
After a little convincing, my husband finally agreed that we could hire someone to clean our house. My husband and I both work full-time and it was honestly really hard to find the time to clean, and I was feeling a little overwhelmed trying to do it all. I know that this might not work for every family and for everyone’s budget, but for us this is what works right now. If you’re able to have someone come and help you clean I think it’s 100% worth it, even if you have someone come once or a month or even come once and do a deep clean.
I have a few really easy recipes that are our go to meals for the week that take 15 minutes or less (you can see some of them here). I have a limited amount of time to cook each night since Charlotte can only sit still in her highchair for so long. One of the things that I like to do is to meal prep by chopping up veggies on Sundays or the night before. It only takes a little time, but it makes a big difference. Another option that I love is to make meals in the crock pot which is truly a life saver.
4.Do a small load of laundry each day
Charlotte sure has a lot of laundry for such a little person. One thing that helps me a lot is to do a small load of laundry each day, or every other day. It’s a lot less overwhelming this way and it doesn’t take much time at all. If I wait and do all the laundry at once it’s way too much, and it’s hard to block out so much time to put away Charlotte’s things.
5.Take time for yourself:
This is something that I’m trying to do more of this year. I’ve realized that I need to take better care of myself so that I can be a better Mom to Charlotte. Taking time for myself could be taking a nap, working out, getting a manicure, reading a book, or spending time with your girlfriends. After all, I’m not able to do it all if I’m not well rested and happy.
How do you balance it all?