Working Mom to Homemaker

Embracing The Change

The Hub

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Having 1 kid is enough to add to the work load around the house, but adding a newborn to the mix makes things more crazy. The feeding, napping, bedtime schedules just for the infant and then the schedules for the adults and toddler, and all this makes my head spin trying to think about it. We had Jared on a really good schedule as an infant and he slept through the night by 2 months old. He had always been a great napper and rarely had problems with him sleeping at night. It was an adjustment for my husband and I because we couldn’t just pick up and go when we wanted anymore. Depending on what time of day it was, we wouldn’t be able to take Jared with us places because he hated having his schedule disrupted and would let us know he was being inconvenienced. As he got older, he got better if things weren’t just so, but then we had Alexis.

Alexis, from the beginning has had a very laid back personality. Trying to figure out a new schedule for the family without making too many changes was challenging, but Alexis was and still is a very easy and laid back baby. Jared was easy, but Alexis took the lead. Our family lives in a smaller town about 20 minutes outside of town. When I was working, I had to be at work at 6 am and my husband had to be at work by 6:30. This meant Jared had to wake up around 5 or 5:30 am and be at his sitters by 6 am. My husband would get home from work at different times each day, but he was rarely ever home later than 2 pm  I would get off work at 2:30, pick Jared up from the sitters and get home just in time to start supper. Because our day started so early, so did our evening routine.

It’s not easy to explain to a toddler who is used to getting up between 5 & 5:30 in the morning, to sleep in on weekends or days he doesn’t have to go to the sitters. So when Alexis came into our family, I had the task of trying to get her on a schedule that fit what we were already doing, as not to mess up Jared’s routine. Luckily, Alexis started sleeping through the night at a month old. After some trial and error, I finally figured out the best schedule for her.

I hate thinking and like to make things as simple as possible, so I printed up our family schedule so my husband would always know how much and when Alexis would need fed and when she needed her naps, bath and bedtime if I was busy doing something else or not home. It also helps if we need a sitter one evening/night. Everything is already posted so it’s a matter of just looking at the sheet and the clock.

Once I started staying home, I realized I didn’t have time to think of what was for supper at the last-minute. I had to plan it out ahead of time. So I made a laminated sheet for that as well. I use wet erase markers to fill in the meal plan for the week and what groceries we’ll need to complete the meals. Another thing I was sick of hearing on a daily basis, was my husband asking me, “What did you do today?” This lead me to print and laminate a generic Calendar that I can change each month with the wet erase markers. I color coded the chore tasks that I complete either daily, weekly or monthly and mark them down. There’s even space for little notes and reminders for myself as well. Instead of him asking me what I did, he can just look at the paper and see.

Then I realized all of this needed to come together into one place. I got a poster board and taped a sheet protector onto it. This is where our printed family schedule went. If things ever changed, I could easily replace the paper. I then, took my laminated Calendar and Meal Plan sheets and used Velcro to attach them to the poster board. I used Velcro instead of tape so I could easily take them down to fill them out and put them back on the board. I named the board “The Hub” just because it sounded good at the time and it was a short name. It’s not hanging in our kitchen, the central location of our home. It’s been working out very well!

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December 5, 2012 - Posted by | ORGANIZING

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