Before I had children I was told over and again of the phenomenon known as ‘time flying too fast‘. I didn’t truly get it though until I became a mum, and I used to complain bitterly at how quick it was all going. So much so, that when hubby and I had our annual things-to-do-next-year writing session on New Years Eve 2010 he made me write ‘stop complaining time is going too fast!’
People often ask me how on earth I find the time (& energy!) to do all the things I do (see here for a particularly busy morning). First and foremost, going to bed at 9pm certainly helps counteract the night time wake ups and early starts. I would be a mess if I stayed up late in the evenings. As for the rest, I thought I’d pick the three areas I get quizzed on the most.
My issues with dairy have been well documented on this blog, so for me formula isn’t really an option. My son is a very hungry boy, and although it’s slowing down now, he would have happily fed all day given half the chance in the first three months. I quickly worked out how to feed him in the sling while on the move (see photo). This gave me back my two hands, as well as the time to do other things.
Cooking from scratch
Although preparing my family’s food from scratch adds extra pressure, it has to be done so is factored into my day. Organisation is definitely my key to success. Bulk buying, farmers markets, online grocery shopping and a veg box delivery make my life so much easier, and save me time. I also get the girls involved in the kitchen, which turns mundane chores into activities. Even baby boy sits in his chair and watches me cook.
Not having a car
Growing up mainly inside London, and spending all but the last five years living within walking distance of the tube, I never felt the need for a car. I figured it would just end up being a very expensive occasionally used toy. Nowadays we’re so used to taking public transport that it’s second nature for us. 4yo gets horrendously car sick anyway, so it’s probably just as well we don’t drive!
So you see I don’t really get wistful about the lack of time, I find ways to best utilise the resources I have to get what I need done. I also have a sensible attitude: I can’t do everything, so don’t even bother attempting to, and I never compare myself to others. We all have our strengths, and focusing on mine makes my time feel more valuable.
I’ve also decided to make my word of the week: Time, because being half term it has disappeared even faster this week.