August 6, 2011

A day without a toddler

I will be the first to admit that life with a newborn is hard. However, as of Thursday I am also willing to say that life with a toddler is (in some ways, at least) harder. Or at least more chaotic. Less productive, perhaps? I used to be so eloquent. I suppose I'll find the words I'm looking for at 3:24 am next Tuesday.
Anyhoo, my mom took Audia on Thursday in order to give me some time to get some stuff done around the apartment. It is not a common thing for me to spend a day without Audia. I honestly think that since she was born, I've had maybe a total of 7 days where the majority of the day was not spent with her. When I say it out loud, it sounds ridiculous. But, as a stay at home mom, it also makes sense.
Point is, I got more done on Thursday than I've gotten done in most full weeks! I did four loads of laundry, one load of dishes in the dishwasher, 5 loads of dishes by hand (yes, five!!), washed all the counters/surfaces in the kitchen, vacuumed the living room and dining room, re-organized some of the stuff in our dining room, organized some of the random stuff that's accumulated in our bedroom since Callen was born, and rearranged the furniture in Audia's room. All while still tending to Callen's needs. And I even managed to watch an episode of Arrested Development and eat lunch, too! Needless to say, I was amazed at what I was able to accomplish. I've heard that "Good moms have sticky floors, dirty ovens, and happy kids." It might be too early to tell how well Audia is turning out, but I'd like to say that she is happy 98% of the time, and, for the record, if the floor is sticky, it does get cleaned. But after seeing how much I can get done when she's not here, I feel a little less guilty about what doesn't get done when she is. ;-)