Bits and Pieces

I have a habit of writing down post ideas as they come to mind and write them out later. Often they become full ideas, taking on a life of their own. Other times, they sit around in my head or on paper because I can’t seem to make them work as a post. I end up with snippets, little paragraphs of thoughts that never quite make it anywhere, but are still things I want to say.

In that spirit, I’m going to start sharing them – here’s a bit of what I’ve been thinking about lately.

A few people have asked me about preschool for Abbie, and the short answer is no, she’s not going. Public preschool in our county is mornings only, 2-3 days a week. We can’t make that work with our schedule, and private preschool would cost twice the amount we currently pay for daycare. I know Abbie’s getting lots of socialization at daycare so I don’t worry about that, but sometimes I wish she could get those educational benefits. It’s just one of those things that’s not structured for working parents like us, and there’s just no way to do it right now. Preschool, at least around here, is for stay-at-home parents.

Abbie Sunnies

There are so many controversial topics out there nowadays that I have strong opinions on, but am afraid to write about. I know there are many that would agree with me, and many that would disagree with me, so I steer clear. I also don’t think I’m educated enough to defend my stance, so I just stay out of it, even though there are things that drive me bonkers.

I read a blog post the other week that a mom (with two kids) had changed her baby on a public changing table for the first time ever… and my first thought was, what? How did you avoid that for so long – and what’s the big deal? I’ve changed Abbie all over the place – on public changing tables, on floors, on couches, outside… that’s exactly why my diaper bag has a changing pad in it, right? I just didn’t get it.

I will never for the life of me understand how so many successful people are so hopeless at little technical things, or at relationships. It makes me thankful that even though I’m not the most successful person out there, I at least have those parts of my life together. On the same note, I will also never understand how these same successful people don’t read emails. They just pretend they don’t apply to them somehow, and they’re important emails. (Can you tell I’m a bit frustrated lately?)

I have no idea how people keep their houses clean. I tell you, I STRUGGLE with it and have zero idea how anyone (especially working parents) keeps a house clean. I make the bed energy morning, but I don’t clean the bathrooms nearly enough and the floors seriously need a good cleaning. Tell me your secrets people, because I can’t for the life of me figure this one out.

Anyone else have this issue? Any bits and pieces floating around for you? Also, would anyone be interested in me making this a link up?

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14 Responses

  1. Keeping the house clean is hard. I try to do quick cleaning more often so I can spread out the deep cleaning a little more. Lysol wipes are my best friend.

    1. I just can’t keep up. I have all these thoughts that I’ll do a little each day… and then nothing happens.

  2. OMG! I feel like you spoke straight to me in this post! I agree with so much.
    We opted to keep Mason at the private preschool that he’s at even though public preschool is free because of similar things that you mentioned. It’s so not set up for working parents! There were various factors based on Mason’s autism and speech delays but the main one was it’s from 8am-11am and then what?? He has to go on a buss ALONE as a 3 year old. NO thanks. I’ll pay to know he’s safe and happy and in one place all day.
    Controversial topics and house cleaning… yes and yes! Totally agree with that too.
    Oh and I have TONS of started blog posts that never get finished because when I think of what I want to say, I’m not by my computer so I just jot down some ideas and then can never get back into the groove to finish. Might need a post like this too!

    1. I know. It’s the stupidest thing – don’t kids of working parents need preschool too? It’s so dumb.

  3. Hire a cleaning service. Best money I’ve ever spent. We have a regular service that comes every other week now, but before I’d just scour deals on Groupon or Living Social for cleaning. It’s so worth it to me to get that time with my kids instead of scrubbing, mopping, windexing, bleaching, etc. Of course I still have to keep the house picked up, do dishes, laundry, vacuum, etc. but I haven’t cleaned my toilets or shower in years. Do it!

    1. I’ve toyed with it for ages, but the cost keeps me from doing it, to be honest. The Groupon idea is great though – might be a great way to try out a company without a big commitment.

  4. I can relate to so many of your bits and pieces! For the house cleaning one — I think I manage pretty well, but that’s partially because I don’t have kids! My house is rarely all the way clean, but it is tidy. For me, I need everything to be in it’s place to feel relaxed. But if the bathroom is dirty, it doesn’t bother me at all. So I just invest my “cleaning time” into tidying and I clean only people are coming over. 🙂

  5. Totally hire a cleaning service if you can afford it. Even once a month will make a huge difference.

    And I’m not a huge fan of preschool, especially at Abbie’s age. I think kids need more time to have free play. As long as your caregiver is encouraging play, reading, etc. during the day and not just plopping Abbie in front of the tv, she will be ok. And obviously it’s important to do things like that at home too. We are planning on homeschooling long term, so preschool has never been in our plans, but we really don’t do any formal learning right now. Just lots of reading and playtime. My mom watches M (and sometimes C) part of the week so I can work and that’s all she does with M too.

    1. I think I’m going to have to. I just cannot keep up with it at all. After a long day and a long commute, I barely want to make dinner, let alone clean!

      And I’m not even sure how I feel about preschool, to be honest. I just keep noticing all these kids going… and Abbie isn’t because we can’t make it work. Just one of those things.

  6. I too struggle with some of the blog post I want to write, but too chicken to post. As for the clean house, let me know if you finally get their magic solution. My house is a mess and I struggle to try and make it look like the ones I see in Pinterest (who has time for that???) Plus I’m not really savy in interior decorating.

I’m Jess! I’m a working mama of two sweet sisters living in the DC area. This is my space to share inspiration, real stories of working motherhood, recipes, style, and more! I can’t start my day without coffee and always try to show the real side of motherhood – the good and the challenging. I’m so glad you’re here – thanks for following along on my journey!

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