September was a really wonderful month for our family. Celebrating Magnolia’s 3rd birthday, transitioning Magnolia to a new preschool, getting through the first 3 weeks of the fall semester at work, and saying goodbye to summer (though it doesn’t seem to want to leave). It was a really fun month for our family.
My transition back to work has gone smoothly, but I’m working a lot more than planned. Going back to work part time was good in theory, as it gives me more time at home with Kinnick, but with a full job before me, I’m working full time hours on a part time schedule. It is far from what I had planned, but I’m just grateful to be able to work from home and not have to drive into DC 5 days a week. Maybe by our 3rd kid, if we’re able to have another, I’ll get maternity leave as a higher education professional figured out.
Since having Kinnick, we’ve been go, go, go. The adrenaline kept me going, but I lost my steam by the end of September. Working “full time”, keeping up with Magnolia, taking care of Kinnick, managing everything around the house, and taking care of myself became too much. As my kids and work were the priority, I’ve had to make sacrifices around the house and with my own wellness. I’ve cancelled OrangeTheory classes a couple of times, as I just haven’t had it in me to wake up at 3:50AM to pump and make it to class before 5AM. I also gave in and hired a housekeeper. We tried out “once a month”, but every other week is going to be best for us right now. Managing laundry, dishes, and meals is enough for Neal and I to manage on top of everything else, and I’m ok with that! I’m just grateful we can afford a housekeeper right now.
The transition from 1 to 2 kids is crazy. Don’t let anyone tell you it’s not, but goodness is it wonderful having another child. The joy the Kinnick brings to our family is well worth the exhaustion and I know this is just a season of our lives. I think things will normalize in January once I’m back in the office 5 days a week, Kinnick is in daycare 5 days a week, and Magnolia is more settled into the preschool routine.
For now, I’m trying to soak up every ounce of my maternity leave, am enjoying every moment home with Kinnick, and am really looking forward to the holidays ahead. My birthday is in a week (October 16) and I’m really looking forward to spending Halloween with my kids and my mom. This is such a wonderful time of year and I’m trying not to get lost in the craziness of managing everything. I’m going to miss what’s happening before me if I’m too worried, stressed, and overwhelmed by everything on my plate.
I am grateful for all that September gave to our family and I’m looking forward to the month ahead! Ready or not, here we go! My goals are built around my 2017 New Years goals.
Coming Up In October
- Visiting Summer’s Farm
- Kinnick turns 3 months old
- My 33rd birthday
- Birthday weekend (winery trip and haunted house)
- Halloween with my kids
October 2017 Goals
Investing in Family
- Go apple picking
- Visit Summer’s Farm
- Plan a date with Neal
- Go to a pumpkin patch
- Order prints from our family photo shoot
- Carve pumpkins
- Finish making Magnolia’s Halloween costume
- Celebrate Halloween with my kiddos
Around the House (Essentially my September goals – I’ve been waiting for the cooler weather to go into the attic)
- Decorate our living area with our fall decorations
- Prepare for the Frederick TotSwap (I consign kids clothes we’re done with)
- Organize our attic storage and all of our holiday stuff
- Go through my own bins of clothes and downsize
Prioritizing Personal Wellness
- Make studying for my Personal Training Certification a priority each week
- Workout at OrangeTheory when I’m feeling good
- Make healing my planter facitus a priority (such an annoying injury!)
- Dry my hair and put on makeup once a week
Focusing On Finances
- Create a list of presents to buy for the holidays and start shopping for deals
- After going through my clothes, make a list of things I’d like to save for/buy