While I am incredibly thankful to be able to stay home, being a stay at home mom is neither a walk in the park or a bore. It's a busy job! We have fun things scheduled during the week, and during Lilleigh's naps, I try to keep up with cooking, laundry, and cleaning, which to be honest isn't always possible. But my husband doesn't complain! Oh and I blog too! :)
When Lilleigh is awake, we play, sing songs, read books, change diapers, eat, go on walks (when it's not too hot), and just have fun! I love her active time! I think many of the people who picture a stay at home mom having all the cooking and cleaning done forget that someone has to care for and entertain the baby!
A typical week looks like...
Monday - Possibly meet up with a friend for lunch, have a play date, or some other fun activity.
Tuesday - Bible study with other moms and babies at our house in the afternoon.
Wednesday - Swimming lessons in the morning. We also sometimes have neighborhood play groups in the afternoon.
Thursday - Play group in the afternoon.
Friday - Run errands. (Though Monday and Friday are interchangeable.)
I try to be flexible and not keep Lil on too rigid of a schedule. While schedules are great, especially for someone type A like me, I choose not to keep Lil on one. My personal preference. The hope is that she will be go with the flow.
This does not mean that I am Mommy Loosey Goosey. While I love taking Lil out and being active, I am actually very intentional to not overbook us. I really try not to have more than one main event each day for Lil's sake - well, and mine! I can let Lil miss one nap, but I try to let her get the other two in. (She's a three nap napper. Typical for her age.)
As you can see from our week above, we are on-the-go a lot during the week, so truthfully, I long for the days that we can stay home all day! This means Lil gets all 3 naps, and I might actually get dinner cooked AND the house cleaned! Imagine that! Plus it's just nice not having to cart a baby around... nice to slow down!
Here are some photos and videos of us at our different activities...
|Lil (third from the right, yellow dress and pink diaper) with her play group friends!|
|Lilleigh and her friend Felicity having a play date before Bible study|
|Okay so occasionally Mommy uses free time at home to dress Lil up for photo shoots. But who wouldn't want to photograph this cute munchkin?|
|Lil playing with toys - her favorite activity when we have a nice leisurely day at home.|
|Mommy and Lil at Baby Bounce, which is a free event put on a few times a week by our public library. Lil LOVED it!|
This post was a little all over the place, but hopefully you were able to follow. Hope you enjoyed the glimpse into our life at home!