Motherhood has been a very good thing for my Type A personality. VERY good. Over the years I’ve spent plenty of time trying to “let it go” but nothing worked quite as well as having a baby. Nope. Nothin’ at all. Why? Because you can’t shove your baby into your Type A box, wrap it up with perfect corners & throw on a pretty (color coordinating) bow!
Organization & routine are two things that I value at the top of my life priorities list. I am soothed & at peace when everything is in order. BUT…we all know that babies and toddlers bring with them a new definition of “order.” Over the last two and a half years there have been things that I have fought hard to keep (a tidy living room, clean bedrooms & spotless kitchen counters) and a few that I have let go (laundry not always done, toys–in baskets–in every room, and just a clean-ish floor). I have learned that as pretty as the books looked organized by color on the bookshelf, the stress I felt when she took one down–out of place– to [gasp] read was not worth the effort to keep them in their right place. Books on the bookshelf? CHECK. Books in rainbow order? NOT GONNA HAPPEN.
So where do we hold strong & where do we let go? That is a very personal question, and has an answer only we can decide for ourselves. My #1 sanity-saving decision was implementing a solid routine in my home. I love routine. I thrive on it & so does my family. Part of the reason I have been able to wear so many hats (as a mama, small business owner turned entrepreneur, blogger, military physician’s wife, friend, etc.) is the implementation of a solid routine. My daughter doesn’t question when things happen–she knows when they do. I don’t wonder what each day is going to look like–there is a plan. We get up, eat, sleep and work at just about the same time each day, and that brings me great comfort–and even joy. So how do we get there? How do we reach that place of peace?
For each person, there is a different answer. For me, it started with having a clear, but flexible plan for my newborn. I recently wrote about newborn/infant routine & scheduling over on my blog. It was a HUGE part of my ability to feel human during the first few challenging months of motherhood. One key part of how I stayed sane and organized is the stylebabyLOG, a product that I created.
While pregnant with my daughter, I searched everywhere for a baby log. I wanted something simple & easy to use that gave me a bird’s eye view of an entire week, making it easy to spot patterns in my baby’s sleep schedule. Though I love technology, I wanted this to be paper. Finding nothing to suit my needs, I decided to make one myself…no surprise there! Once I shared the finished product on my blog, I was inundated with requests from mamas wanting a blank copy of their own. Clearly I was not the only one looking for something like this! So, I put the plan into action & now (as I start my third trimester with baby number two!) my stylebabyLOGs are available for purchase online.Thanks to our solid household routine, this dream project has become a reality & I am so excited to be sharing it with you! I have my entire original stylebabyLOG (complete with my newborn notes from weeks 1-40+) published over on my blog, so you can see just how I used mine in real life. Not only is it a great tool for organized mamas who are home with their kiddos, but it is an exceptionally wonderful way to keep track of what happens at home if you are a working mama & leave your baby with another caregiver during the day. It also makes a really great shower gift–for those uber organized gals in your life. Here’s a look at the stylebabyLOG up close:
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So now the fun part–I am giving one away to a lucky TCM reader!
To enter: Leave a comment here with your #1 tip for staying organized after baby.
Contest will end at 11:59PM on Wednesday, December 14.
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Despite days full of washing diapers & messy fun, Shawna is determined to make mommyhood a stylish adventure. Married to the military & mother to one feisty girl, she is a passionate DIYer & loves sharing how to make the complicated simple. Shawna talks creativity, style, food, decorating, green-chic living & mommyhood at styleberryBLOG, a daily-ish dose of something fab.
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