A week after writing a post about managing the work/life juggle, I had a mini-meltdown, one of those days when that one extra thing on your to-do list is somehow overwhelming. I realized that my perfectly balanced life was just one oil change or one sinkful of dirty dishes away from imbalance. While on most days, I can work and enjoy parenthood, I could not find time for anything else including husband, friends or myself.
I’m not throwing in the towel yet. I’m fine-tuning my own time management skills and following my own advice on simplifying life. I’m also still trying to be good at my job and be a good parent. However, I realized that it is infinitely harder than I ever imagined! With the prospect of my husband picking up more freelance work, I also have to adjust to the realities of a true two-income household. I can’t ask him to always take on more household chores if he’s busy as well.
I know that my viewpoint right now is extremely limited. Kids get easier (in some ways) when they are less needy or when they start school. I just can’t see too far ahead right now as we’re still in the night feeding stage, (although that is already is getting better with less frequent feedings).