I am a bit of a control freak, so I hate being disorganised! However since having children, my up to date diary of all things important suddenly is filled with what Bethany is having for a school dinner and whose birthday party she is going to on what date. My previous regimented routine of looking at my diary at the beginning of the month, shopping for cards and then writing them and mailing in plenty of time has somehow gone out of the window! I am always dashing out at the last minute or missing them and having to send apologetic cards after the event – having seen an important event pop up on Facebook!!!!
Some parts of my life have become even more regimented than before, I mean going away for a weekend is a military operation with lists and planning including postcodes and printed maps, just in case! Holidays, well what can I tell you? – I even have spreadsheets! But things that used to be so planned and enjoyably organised are now gone forever. It’s not that I don’t want to do it, I have very good intentions, but somehow there is always something more important to do.
I have however found a bit of a cheat. As we are away in August and I have a few important friend birthdays, I went onto Moonpig and planned and ordered cards to be delivered for me! I am currently feeling very smug – photos put in, words typed and date chosen. I am beginning to think this is the way forward, each month I just get a website to organise and post things for me. I still look organised even though someone else has remembered to do it all for me! Why hadn’t I thought of this sooner?
Isn’t it strange how priorities change when kids arrive? That and the fact that somehow the clock speeds up, every day seems to whistle by with less time to fit in the things I used to take for granted. No time to get your hair done or your nails, time to shop as in browse and enjoy it rather than dash around grabbing the essentials and forgetting half of what was on your imaginary list! To be honest I don’t even get time to go to the loo any more, well not alone anyway – I either have a four year old chatting away or a 14 month old trying to clamber on my lap! How my life has changed!
Have you found things in your life have changed since having children? What did you used to do that was so important and organised but now has gone forever? I’d love to hear from you!