It’s 5:35AM, I’m sitting in bed watching the sunrise , and my 2 1/2 year old is fast asleep between me and my husband.
This past weekend, during what should have been nap time, we heard the dresser drawer slam in our daughter’s room. Neal and I looked at each other and instantly knew, Magnolia had climbed out of her crib for the first time. We ran upstairs and there she was, unloading her dresser and passing the time. She didn’t make a peep, didn’t call for us, and didn’t make a sound when she climbed out for her crib. She was happy as a clam and had no interest in taking a nap in her crib.
Our hope was that it was just because she wasn’t tired during nap time, but on Sunday night she climbed out of bed about 40 minutes after we put her down for the night. We have an escape artist on our hands! Neal and I have been a bit on edge the past few nights as Magnolia’s big girl room isn’t set up. It’s one of my main to-do’s for next week when I’m on spring break, but until then, we’d like to keep Magnolia in her crib.
This morning I heard Magnolia banging on her crib’s headboard, so before she could climb out of bed I went and checked on her and brought her into bed with us. It isn’t a habit we want to form, but I have to tell you, some of my fondest memories these past few years come from these quiet moments when Magnolia is asleep beside me, the house is silent, and the sun is rising over the lake. The world is peaceful and my heart is filled with joy!
This week is one of those weeks where my balance as a working mom is tested and I have to let go of various things in order to make it all work. These past few weeks have been busy for me at work and I am extremely far behind on my daily household chores. Neal has been absolutely amazing, keeping up with daily chores for our family until I’m able to do our weekly chores over the weekend. My biggest struggle has been my laundry…. it never ends!! Neal washes our laundry, which is so helpful, and then we each fold our own laundry. I kid you not, I haven’t folded my laundry in 3 weeks… THREE WEEKS! On one hand, it’s sad that I have this many clothes. On the other hand, it’s sad that I’ve been living out of this laundry pile for 3 weeks. Either way, laundry is the last thing I want to do after a long work day and over the weekend and for right now, I’m ok with that. It’ll get done eventually.
When it’s a busy week, I tend to have a hard time preparing meals and limiting my meals out. This week I’m traveling for work, so I prepared meals for the week ahead of time on Sunday. I browned 2 pounds of ground beef for tacos and pasta sauce (leftovers for lunches), made potato and chorizo tacos, and set up the crockpot for Mississippi Pot Roast on Monday. Having everything prepared ahead of time has made the week much easier and has left Neal with meals for the 3+ days I’ll be away. I also snuck away from the office on Tuesday and grabbed Cava with an old co-worker. It was nice getting away from the office and not having to think about packing a lunch for that day.
Some weeks, the best I can do is to just be a working mom. To be fully present when I’m home with my husband and daughter, to care for them emotionally and physically, to accept that the chores don’t have to get done today, and to be the very best I can be at work. I absolutely love my career and weeks like this week remind me of that. Being a working mom is truly all about balance. Some weeks, my family holds more weight than work and other weeks, like this week, my job becomes my main focus within a day. The balance shifts between the two, but it really is all about give and take between my two passions and roles.
As I sit here, with that beautiful sunrise to my right and my gorgeous daughter to my left, all is right in my world. Tonight I’ll be a state away from her and Neal will hope and pray she stays in her crib all night. Today is a great reminder of the balance needed and the joy that can come out of a busy week.