Thursday, February 24, 2011

To Do

Ever feel like you'll never get caught up on what you need to do?

I used to make to-do lists, and I found great joy in crossing off the tasks as I completed them. Lists always seemed to help me be more productive.

Being productive? What's that?

My to-do lists never seem to ever get any shorter anymore. I can't tell you the last time I actually was able to cross more than one or two things off of them.

For the last 7 months, my whole world has been taking care of the twins. I try to keep up with the house the best I can, but I'll be honest, for the first 3 months of their lives if I got the dishwasher loaded, I considered it to be a good day! The feedings, changings, and comforting never ends. As soon as one is happy, the other inevitably melts down. And sleep? What's that?

I was really starting to doubt that I could handle this...

Yesterday was a breakthrough day.

Somehow I managed to get things that weren't baby related done. After our morning routine of feeding, changing and playing, I loaded everyone up and we started running errands. We headed to the post office to mail out Miss O.'s birthday invitations, ran through the credit union's drive thru to pay the car payment, and headed into the bank to open accounts for the twins.

I know it doesn't sound like much, but for me it was amazing!

Being able to get out of the house and complete things with the babies gave me pride. I know that I've been suffering from "cabin fever", it's just been too cold or snowy to take the kids out. M. tries to help by offering to go to the store and do stuff for me. That's wonderful, but after a while I feel like I don't accomplish anything, you know?

Spring can't get here soon enough...


  1. Oh my gosh - you're brave! I try not to take mine in places - they inevitably melt down in teh checkout line or something and then we're 'that' family.

    I know exactly how you feel - I hated my job before the babies were born; now it's my only sanity saver! It will get better with nicer weater for sure - hang in there!

  2. There is so much joy that comes from crossing things off the to do list - sometimes I just write more on there that I have already done so I can cross it off. :) Congrats on a productive day, that's awesome and doesn't it feel good?!?! I am with you - come on spring - getting things done is so much easier when it's beautiful outside!!!!

  3. I definitely know how you feel! I am very "Type A" so it has been hard for me to accept a messy/dirty house, and to get very little accomplished in a day. My least favorite thing is getting back to wet clothes in the washer that smell mildewy because I spaced out on the load two days before...

    Spring will make us feel better, right? :)

    Glad to hear from you the other day, by the way. Hugs.

  4. Yep. I feel all proud of myself if I am all caught up on the house stuff. Getting ahead, hardly ever happens. I have closets that are disasterous, but I have no idea when they will get attention.

    It's the errand stuff that is the hardest, I think. It's such a production to take both babies anywhere that we pretty much leave them at home and take turns running errands.

    And I don't make to do lists anymore, they are more like... to remember because I know I will totally forget if it's not written down! haha!

  5. Good for you! Baby steps is a start ;-)

  6. I know this feeling!! I've even started maternity leave nice and early to try and get some home improvements done and I'm sans twins and still struggling. So you are doing amazing :) Congrats on Miss O's bday coming up!!

  7. Am glad you were able to accomplish so much. It's quite a good thing.

    I hope you and the family are well.