Tuesday, May 31, 2011

Making time, finding balance

Hi everyone! Happy summertime :)

Although I know summer doesn't officially start until June 21 or something like that, for any parent, summer has actually started. Everyone knows that the end of school is the start of summer.

And while I'm excited to have my oldest home with me, I'm also trying to figure out how our days will flow and what we will spend our time doing. I'm lucky that Kaylee is very independent and is happy spending time on her own watching movies, reading books, or playing with toys, but I think she needs (and I want!) to spend a lot of our time interacting with each other.

Not only am I trying to find ways for Kaylee to constructively fill her time, I'm trying to figure that out for me too. While Kaylee was in school, there were days that I could spend the entire two hours of Isabelle's nap time in blog world. Writing posts, responding to emails, reading other blogs, leaving comments. And while it may not have been conducive to getting chores done, I enjoyed spending my time this way.
 
Unfortunately (and obviously!) I don't feel like I'm being a good mother if I'm absorbed in my blogs instead of engaging in quality time with Kaylee. Isabelle's nap time is the only time I have an opportunity for one on one time with Kaylee. But it's also my time to blog without a grabby baby in my lap or in her seat yelling for my attention. And Kaylee is unquestionably more important than blogging and blog reading....but I still want to have some time for writing my blog and reading yours!

Anyway, I guess this is just a long drawn out way of saying that I may not be around as often as I usually am, and I may be behind on reading your blogs, but hopefully I'll find a way to balance time with my kiddos and time for blogs.

What are your suggestions for maintaining balance in your life??

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35 comments:

  1. Sounds like you are doing a good job with balance! And you recognize that family always comes first! Enjoy your time with your girls! :)

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  2. Enjoy your time with Kaylee while she is out of school for the summer...we will not hold it against you :)

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  3. Oh man, I wish I had an answer for you! I write my blogs up at night and then just post em in the mornings. Not sure what I'm going to do with a newborn but we'll just have to see. Babies and families come before blogging so take time for you and your family!!! We'll always be here :)

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  4. Balance is so hard to find sometimes! Either sacrificing sleep, or a fun activity, or just your peace of mind...do what works best for you, but we'll still be loyal followers, no matter what you decide!

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  5. I only have one, so like you I usually take time to blog during her nap time or while she watches cartoons in the morning. Maybe you could start writing them at night after they go to bed? I know that sometimes its hard not to want to go to bed when they do, but I actually enjoy the quiet time in the evening. I hope you get it figured out! :)

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  6. Megan...I love this! It makes me so happy that you will be spending as much time as possible with your beautiful daughters this summer. Of course I will miss you in blog world but know that you have bigger and better things at times to focus on and enjoy :) Finding a balance for everything I want to do is tough...but I usually just have to prioritize and realize that there are some things I want to get to today and some things that will be okay if I just put off till tomorrow! Have a wonderful time with your kids!

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  7. my way to keep things sane? schedule, schedule, schedule. if you have a 2 hour nap time then i'd schedule 1 hour for your oldest to be doing something on her own so you can have one hour of needed you time. i highly recommend reading the babywise series of books (they have them up through teenagewise! and it's never too late to start!) you can start the baby on independent playtime (eventually up to around 40 min a DAY) which can give you that quality time with your daughter and not have a guilt feeling for taking time for your blog fun during naps ;)

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  8. i'm sure it's really hard to find a balance with two kids at home. i find it with a job and a husband sometimes :)

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  9. I know how you feel about wanting to spend more time with Kaylee. They grow so fast! I want to do more activities with my kids this summer too. I'll probably start doing the majority of my blog stuff early in the morning and I'm thinking about starting an hour of "quiet time" each day so I can read or blog without guilt. Whatever you decide to do, cherish that sweet time together! :-)

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  10. Your priorities are all in the right place!! You're a great mom, and you and your girls will have a great summer :-)

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  11. I think that everyone will understand that, You can't ever go back and spend more time with the kids! Enjoy this precious time!

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  12. That's a hard one for me too because I've never been much for a schedule. I have to be now though with a little baby. Usually my time to blog is during her morning nap and then at her bedtime. But you know, it's ok if you're not online as much. We'll still be here!

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  13. My solution is truly just reading and writing when I feel motivated to do so. That means sometimes I go a week or more without a post...no explanation needed. Other times, I post 5x in a week. It's just a blog!!

    Also, I just wanted to let you know that I cannot have nuts in my house due to child's severe allergies. As for you other suggestions. I am and have been eating copious amounts of all those foods. Believe it or not, sometimes it's just not enough. When it's 8 at night sometimes and I realize I am 1,000 calories down for the day. Also, I have more on plate than just my pregnancy. I have a child with special needs to take care of, not to mention other things. I am doing my best not to really turn my baby into a small fry, but eating some greasy foods the last few weeks seems to have spurred a growth spurt.

    I half regret it everyday when I feel like I can hardly move 'cause I'm such a cow. *sigh* Just a few more weeks I suppose.

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  14. It is so hard to find balance! I feel like blogging can suck away time if you're not careful. In the summer it's easy to just get away from the computer and enjoy being outside, though!

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  15. Enjoy the time you have with Kaylee! She's lucky to have such a caring Mommy! :)

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  16. a blog summer break sounds great! enjoy your time with kaylee; before you know it august will be here. :(

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  17. Gosh I wish I had an answer for balance! I contiually try to find a balance but I always like to think they don't need nor do they probably want to consume my day entirely. I feel worse because I work during the day so I want to make my time home quality but mine are at the age that the majority of time they are so busy.

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  18. I'm trying to figure out a way to balance my work-at-home career with entertaining an only child! It should be fun, lol!

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  19. The summer is going to fly by. Spend all the time together you can. She will remember it all her life, Mama.

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  20. The fact that you have even considered this probably means that you are better at balancing it all than you think! :-) I wish had a magical suggestion; I will be trying to fit it all in this summer too!

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  21. I had a post just like this in the works!!! Your such and awesome mom!!! Your summer is going to be sooo much fun!

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  22. AAWW - you're too sweet!!! Don't you worry one second about the blog world or feel guilty - you are a great momma and I know all of your blog friends support you in your ever important role as a momma! YAY!! for more time being spent with your darling Kaylee:)

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  23. Aww...it must be so exciting to think of all the prospects the summer holds for you guys!

    I have no advice, but I'm sure you'll find a good balance.

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  24. Its 90 degrees here but our "summer" is still a few weeks away; school doesn't end until the 23. You definitely need you own time to recharge. Mine is @ 6am when my kids are still sleeping.

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  25. It's so hard isn't it? I believe my alexa score is going to go waaaaay down in the summertime! Oh well! It gets to a point when I really have to decide which is more important. I'd like to build my blog and really enjoy reading other people's blogs. But, I have so many other things that I need to get done! I was actually going to make a "Balance isn't all it's cracked up to be" post yesterday. I was also going to do a pictorial of my "to-do" list. Might still do that. :) All I can say is, your little girls won't be little girls forever. When they're grown and gone, would you regret missing that time with your girls? Or would you regret reading one more blog? I just need to figure out a system and time-frame for blogging, i.e. how much time I actually need/want to spend doing it. Everything will work out fine, and I'll still be at your blog no matter how much you're on!

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  26. It's so hard to find the balance!

    None of my boys nap anymore. I have to be online to work. And then I want to read blogs.

    Every day, the balance looks a little different!

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  27. Ah, the elusive issue of balance...the soapbox that I have been standing on for ever...lol!!! I have yet to find the balance in my life too!!! (And I don't have kids...wow!!!) Good luck with finding your balance, you will find what works for you!!! Stopped by from PYHO

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  28. It is really hard to find balance, and I don't even have kids! Just a job and a husband is hard enough for me! It sounds like you have a good plan, though. Real life and family is definitely more important than blogging!

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