I´ve been working on the same schedule now for about a year and a half, since my daughter was six months old. It has changed somewhat. She stopped taking two naps a day and is now down to only one, and that has gone from three hours to, some days, only an hour and a half. Also she stopped sleeping in until 7:30 and going to bed at 7 at night, so my mornings and evenings have been shortened as well.
For a while I hired a girl to come and help but that unfortunately didn´t work out and I have yet to find another girl to come over once a week and play with my daughter while I get some necessary things done. Therefore I´m teaching her to play by herself for ten or fifteen minutes at a time, and that is a great challenge for a toddler.
Yet our schedule has managed to flow fairly nicely over this past year and a half. So of course, I´m now facing a twist. We are expecting our second daughter in early December. Up until now I wasn´t panicking much about how that will change my work schedule, but as the date draws closer I´m beginning to stress about how I´ll find the time not only to care for a newborn and a two and a half year old but also to run my own business and take care of everything associated with that. As it is with most working mothers, I work in all of my "spare time.´ Early morning, late at night, and part of the naptime. Of course I need a few hours a day to clean the house, cook dinner, do the laundry, and sit for five minutes. Being 5 1/2 months pregnant isn´t always an easy task; compound that with starting a company and taking care of an active toddler and you have one tired momma at the end of the day (if not in the middle of the day!)
So as I sat down to write today, I started thinking about how I am going to adjust my schedule when the new baby arrives in order to get everything done. I barely remember those nights of no sleep and those days of walking through the hours as though I were swimming in fog. Of finding my purse in the refrigerator and the milk on the hall table. Of forgetting my name. Sleep deprivation is rarely easy but it sure does make for an interesting day.
Yet for all of the craziness that is about to ensue I´m looking forward to all of the upcoming events of the next four months. Obviously, the birth of my next daughter is paramount to everything else. I can´t wait to meet her, and for my daughters to finally come face to face. And I´m also very excited about the opening of my business, which I´ve been working hard on for so long. It is almost like the birth of a baby, but of course, not completely.
So while I sit here and panic about how I will manage to hold it all together, I have to remind myself that, well, I just will. I´m a woman. That´s what we women do. Somehow, when you become a mother, you learn to get by on no sleep. Your body clock changes. Two hours of rest is like six, and eventually, it all comes together in the end. It is amazing how quickly we adapt, isn´t it?
Enjoy your workweek!