Parenting plans are like birth plans. You can meticulously write them out with every detail ironed out, but when you are screaming your head off and there are bodily fluids involved, the plan flies out the window! I am going to be open and honest today about some of the things that I haven't followed thru on as a parent. No parent is perfect, and I don't want to pretend that I am.
If you have been keeping up with our life lately, you may know that I have picked up my hours at work, and am working some in the office. However, I am also still putting in a good number of hours working from home.
People who go to an office 9-5 probably look at work from home folks and thing that they have it easy, but there are so many things that can make working from home a potential disaster. Add a overly curious child to the mix, and it can be hard to get any work done.
Here are some of my trick for sanity and some pieces of hardware that can help get the work done when working from home.
I have been in search lately for a new diaper bag to use for fancier events. My diaper bag works great for everyday use, but when I dress up for different situations, my bag suddenly becomes an eye sore. I settled on the Coco and Kiwi Sydney bag in Buff and want to share my likes and dislikes about the bag.
There are about a thousand different pieces of technology out there right now to help improve the lives of your children. 99% of it is unnecessary in my opinion, but there a few things that I like. In Oliver's room we have a video monitor, a cool mist humidifier an essential oil diffuser, an audio monitor, and in the kitchen I use a baby food maker for making homemade purees. Why do we have these and what brands do we use? Keep reading to find out.
I have never really considered myself a "Stay At Home Mom". Primarily because taking care of a child is WORK, but also because I have always tried to contribute by raising some income. I prefer the term "Work From Home Mom"! When Oliver was 4 months old, I took a job working 10-15 hours a week from home. In the past 6 months, 99% of my works as been doable from my home, and has been flexible. I work during naps, at night, and anytime I find a spare minute. However, I recently had the opportunity to up my hours to 20-25 hours a week and go into the office some.
After looking at the situation, we realized that there was no way for me to realistically work 20-25 hours while watching Oliver full time. There just are not enough hours in a day! We started the task of looking into childcare options. After lots of research and calling around, we finally decided to put Oliver in a Mother's Day Out Program for a half day twice a week.
Talk about a nervous wreck on his first day! He has only been 2 days now, but it is going really well! I wanted to share with you some of the tools that I used and some of the questions we asked before deciding on a childcare situation.
I am 25 years old with a 2 year old son and a wicked handsome husband living in Rhode Island.