Landing: Getting Back To The Day-To-Day After Leaving Town

Being a stay-at-home mom, and having become very accustomed to puttering around the house most of the time, tending to all of those things, had me feeling a bit like a fish out of water during a week stay at my aunt and uncle’s home fifteen hundred miles away. I had no real dishes to clean, no diapers to wash (I decided to do disposables for the trip), no meals to cook or floors to sweep. Had there been much time between family functions to sit and think about it,  the feeling would perhaps have hit me much sooner, but we stayed so busy that I just now realized the culture shock I am experiencing.

Settling back into my normal routine is definitely moving very slowly. We just got home yesterday, and I am already feeling a bit overwhelmed. Bags of luggage, all of Papa’s laundry for the week while Sweetie and I were gone, and all of the daily cleaning tasks one encounters in a house. Phew! I’m exhausted already, just looking at it and thinking about it all! The key, of course, is to take it on before I get too caught up in noticing the details.

I’ve decided to tackle it a piece at a time. Making a game plan (a lovely list) is going to be my shining prince, giving me things to accomplish, but at a realistic clip, so I don’t feel like I’m up to my neck in anything. Another huge help is going to be getting the right music going, to set the mood for success. I am determined to Supermami-it and keep Mr. Sweetie feeling good about life as I whirl from one task to another. Having a playful, serene attitude is going to make all the difference. I plan to keep things about as serious as a piece of fake bologna as I dance around the house, toting Sweetie in his now-priceless carrier.

Yes, I will soar through the rubble of my week’s paused life with the greatest of ease, because a stellar plan and a fabulous attitude are many times the only discernible difference between “work” and “play”.

 

Have you ever experienced a drastic change in routine that made you and your little sweetie feel a bit overwhelmed? What did you do about it? What advice could you give to other mamis?

 

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Mami

Mami is an artist, aspiring entrepreneur, and first-time, full-time mother. She enjoys long walks with Mr. Sweetie, good food and cooking, her family and dear friends, writing, arting and crafting. She doesn't know everything, but wants to learn, and loves to do research and share what she finds. She thinks life is like a box of puzzle pieces: you keep trying until it fits, because every piece has its place. She owns and operates whatever she sets her mind to, and knows that the sky is only the limit if you haven't left the ground yet.

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