Wednesday, December 29, 2010

My Child is a GEEEEnius!!

Morgan has been learning new words in leaps and bounds! For example:
Boh!! = book
Bra! = brother
Bah = ball
But sneering while saying “bah” is for cat. I’m not sure why.
Beh= toy….I think.
Buh! = bubby, her stuffed animal/lovey
Doh! = done or all done
Deh = dad (she’s got quite an extensive vocabulary here!)
Ma! MA-MUH!!! Of course is her bellow for me.

And I’ve just officially turned into that woman that nobody wants to talk to after I say “I’m a stay at home mom…..” My alternative topic of conversation: my unfinished book. Good for putting children to sleep too.

I am taking a break from writing. The first day on my revised schedule. I recognize now that the best time to write is in the morning. By 1pm, I’m struggling to get into it. By 3pm, I’m falling asleep at the keyboard (which may or may not be saying something about my subject matter….or I could just be sleep deprived!).

However, my children are all home from school and Morgan is outgrowing her morning nap. Consequently, I’ve had approximately 3, 216 interruptions, including but not limited to: one poopy diaper change, one snack break, 6 meltdowns (that’s a total between all 3 kids), 2 fights, one hissy fit (that was me), one screaming match (ok, that was me too) and exactly 37 minutes of quiet over the course of 3 hours.

Today is my cleaning day, which I have decided to do in the afternoon. I have to consciously walk away from dirty items like my throw rugs, to save them for either laundry day or cleaning day because otherwise, I get caught up in cleaning very quickly, especially if it’s quiet in the house and I start thinking, “I’ll just get this done really quick, while the baby’s sleeping….” When REALLY those are the IDEAL times to be writing. I’m learning to ignore my inner clean freak, but it is really not easy some days! And conversely, when I want to write, like today, but know that I’ve put off cleaning a few things the last 2 days in anticipation of cleaning today so I have to get that done. So here’s what I propose: I’m going to fix the kids lunch and then put the baby to bed. THEN I’m going to set the timer for one hour and clean like a maniac. Hopefully she’ll still be asleep by the time I’m done and I can do a good hour of writing. Plus, hopefully the cleaning will help get some blood flowing and I won’t fall asleep at the keyboard!! THEN, while Oprah is on, I will be in the work out room, you know, working out. I’ve read it’s much better for you body to do it in the afternoon. Then fix dinner….and the evening routine sweeps me away and I might have some quiet again by like 8pm. We’ll see… (OH but I want to watch Jonah Hex tonight!!)

It still kills me to not write when I want to and to not clean when I feel it needs doing. But overall, I think I get more done in both spheres if I stick to a loose schedule and routine. I will stop and jot things down if I think of something while doing chores or cleaning or fixing a meal. I find I get more ideas if I honor the ones I get and record them. It keeps the creativity flowing. And I clean things when I see them in the kitchen or the powder room—the most used bathroom—so it won’t haunt me every time I pass it! I keep telling myself: stick to the systems you have created! They work, they keep you focused and keep you from getting all frazzled and disconnected, unable to gauge how much I’ve actually gotten done!

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