To every pregnant mother who was told this… Please tell the people who told you this, to please share their army of helpers who will clean your house and see that things get done while you are asleep!
I hate when people say this.
Rather they should say: “Days may be hard at the beginning so do what you can, when you can do it and take all the help you can get.”
You need to be smart and work smart. Make some changes to save you time . Here is advice…
When you put your baby down to sleep first go to toilet. Take your time in the toilet and enjoy the fact that you can pee after who knows how many hours of keeping it in. And you can ask any mother… toilet time is a luxury at the beginning! Now your time in the toilet will be useful to determine whether your baby will wake up or is in a deep sleep. If you baby is still asleep when you done, congratulations, you have just scored your first trip to the toilet for the day. wooohoo! That means that you are also good to go in for a shower. Now not a 2 minute shower, maybe a 4 minute shower that will help you relax. Smelling like a human again and not a dairy machine may do more wonders than a nap while your baby is asleep. Now put on some express make up and attack your limited time while munchkin is asleep.
Start of by sorting out laundry prior to giving birth so that you are used to it. Get three baskets that can stack on top of each other. One will be for dark clothes, one for whites and one for hand wash. Every time you put clothes in the wash sort them out then and there. This makes washing days a breeze. (three baskets may look bulky at first but once your baby has grown up and you in no need of three baskets, you can use them for your munchkins toys.)
Do the washing first so that it can dry early.
Get into the habit of making a simple menu for the week and plan what you have to do. Make sure you have the ingredients before you cook. Now that your washing was taken care of, prepare your food. Once its cooking and you are ready to clean up start with the dishes. Wash it out and leave to to drip dry. Use another counter if you need to. Lay a cloth down and place dishes there. Now if your baby has to wake up, you may not have had a nap but you smell pretty good, got a load of washing done, put up your food and done the dishes.
Wash dishes in a system. Glasses first then plates then cutlery etc. so that once you start drying and packing it will be easy and you will just have to go to that cupboard once. Walking up and down packing dishes is the ultimate waste of time. When you have a infant time is important.
Get a few pretty neat baskets with a lid or fancy storage containers that you can leave in areas prone to mess and clutter. Each night or when you have time, pick up items and place them in the basket . By using baskets you are able to neaten up the house without spending much time packing everything away as they were. Aim to pack one basket at each nap time. Remember your house will be neat just not “organised”. Repacking the baskets at your time will help you deal with the mess in intervals.
Try and make the most of your time by working in a system. If munchkin decides that your lunch is smelling yummy and wakes up, you have sorted out most of what needed to be done, so that when more napping takes place you CAN THEN … SLEEP WHEN THE BABY IS SLEEPING.
ENJOY YOUR SLEEP… And remember, this phase will pass. Things will get easier.