don't have enough time? I want to spend time and love my baby..:(

Ashleigh - posted on 07/02/2012 ( 12 moms have responded )

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I feel like I do not have enough time in a day. We wake up and get ready for work/daycare. from there we work and then come home. I have to cook, clean, do dishes,washing, ironing, feed the baby, bath the baby and then it is sleep time. I feel like I do not get the time I need with my child. we don't get to play or have fun because it is always GO! Go! Go!
Anyone else feel this way?
have any suggestions?
Share your stories....

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Debra - posted on 07/10/2012

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I feel the same way but this is what I've learned so far. 1st, Stop thinking that your life should have balance. The idea of balance makes you think that you should be devoting equal portions of time to all of the different parts of your life. You can't. It won't work, ever. Instead, focus on achieving harmony. Think music, harmony is beautiful because every instrument plays it's own part, big or small, at it's appointed time. To me this means that when I'm spending time with my kids, I let every thing else go. I quit worrying about work, the house, and dinner, and I give 100 % of my focus to my kids. When I'm having "me time" I do not worry about what the kids are doing. When I'm working, I focus on work. That has made a huge difference for me. I hope that makes sense. Good luck!

Louise - posted on 07/02/2012

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House hold chores can wait, so what if the ironing pile is a mile high, just do the things that you need and leave the rest for when you get a chance. Try and spend time with the little one as much as you can, let them help you make dinner, let them help you wash up (my daughters loves this) as long as they have your attention it really does not matter whether you are doing dishes or playing a game, they are still getting your attention.

Just make sure the day is ended with a one to one story and hug, time for them to feel special.

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Cc - posted on 08/06/2012

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Same guilty feeling here. Not only do I feel like I can't get everything done but I find myself getting so stressed and tired by the end of the day that I have little patience for my toddler. I do a lot of yelling and not enough playing with him. I have a 24 hour phone so even when I leave work I still have to be on the phone quite a bit in the evening. I'm thinking of switching positions for that reason alone. I've been taking laundry to my mother in law's house so he can play with his cousin while I do laundry instead of dragging him to the laundromat which is really hard to do. Hubby works at home and yesterday I had to remind him that he can NOT work during cooking/bathing/bedtime because I can't do it all with a 2year old and 4 month old without losing my mind. My apartment has to get messy bc if it doesn't I would have absolutely NO time for kids or myself. I'm just anticipating when they get older and they can do more chores to help!

Amber - posted on 07/16/2012

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Mommy - posted on 07/10/2012

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Luckily, my husband helps out alot. In my previous position I was working late four nights a week, and didn't spend much time with my baby those days. I moved to a closer office, and that has helped alot . Also, my husband will help with the dishes on nights I come home late so I can bathe my daughter and play with her a bit. I also cook on Sundays for the whole week, so it is one less thing I need to do when I come home from work. It gives me more time for us to go on thee swings in the backyard or have some ice pops on the front porch. I also save major cleaning for weekends, and just tidy up during the week.

Larissa - posted on 07/08/2012

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I feel the same way, it just seems that there are not enough hours in the day but I try my best to make time on the weekend to spend quality time with my son, playing, going for a stroll, etc. He's too young to help with dinner so I cook after he goes to sleep and just feeding him and getting him ready is part of our little time together every night

Alexis - posted on 07/03/2012

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Yes!! My son helps with dinner, dishes and laundry. It makes feel very proud and like a big boy and we get to spend time together. There have also been many times I have forgone chores so we can swim or play cars. It usually bites me in the butt, but chores will always be there.

Alexis - posted on 07/03/2012

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I know! I am at the end of my second pregnancy and on FMLA so I get to spend more time with my almost 3 year old and it has really set in how much I miss him. I have the same schedule and I feel it will get even more tight when then new baby comes. Up daycare\work home dinner, at least the mandatory chores like laundry. Then its bath time, read a book and in bed. I stay up a little later to do homework. I really go out of my way on the weekends to spend some quality time with my son and with the FMLA leave i am on I do a lot with him during the day. If it wasnt for the fact that we would have nothing and be living on the streets I would quit work in a heartbeat. Maybe I can look for a part time job that brings in the same amount. At least that is partly why I am working on my Masters so I can have a better job but not work as much and have a better home\work balance.

Rashmi - posted on 07/03/2012

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This happens with me also. I am feeling very guilty that i can't spend time with my baby.

We wake up & busy in preparation of lunch & ready for go to the work .When we came home i spend only half hour with him then i have to make dinner . till that he become sleepy & i have to feed the baby & he sleep. so i can't spend time with him

Rashmi - posted on 07/03/2012

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This happens with me also. I am feeling very guilty that i can't spend the time with my baby.
We wake & busy in preparation of lunch & for work .When we came home i spend the time with him only half hour then i have to make dinner . till that he become sleepy & i have to feed the baby & he sleep. so i can't spend time with him

Ashleigh - posted on 07/03/2012

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Thanks so much. You are right. I think I am worrying far too much about the things that don't even mean anything to me. I should focus more of my time and energy into my son. :)

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