Monday, February 11, 2008

Good-bye 2008

I've read that you can kiss a year of your life good-bye when you have a baby. For an entire year you will not accomplish much, especially during the first six months. Your hobbies (and house) will collect dust. You will see your friends less often. You will look back at the end of the year and not be able to recall how you spent it.

At first I thought this was silly. I've had three children prior to this baby. Three years of my life can not be gone. I did things. I'm sure I did things. Then I tried to remember how I spent the first year of Pork Chop's life. It's a bit blurry. Then I thought of the first year of Meaty's life. Hmmmm...another fuzzy period. Bird? You guessed it. I don't remember much. I'm so glad I took pictures.

In light of this new evidence I've decided to stop fighting this phenomen. Instead I will embrace. I will blog as much as I can when I get the chance. Probably not daily like I would like. But when I can I will. I will knit as much as I can when I can. I will clean when I can. I will make dinner daily because I have to (the kids get awfully whinny when I fail to feed them at regular intervals). But laundry? I'll get to it when I can.

Part of embracing the phenomenon means I will no longer allow myself to feel guilty over the things I don't get done. If I accept the nothing as inevitable there's no reason to feel guilty. I'll just do my best. I won't feel guilty about knitting I don't get done, or blog posts that never get written. 2008 will be the year I got nothing done. And that is alright.

And because I don't think I'm allowed to post any more if I don't include a sweet baby picture...



TURBOchic said...

AMEN to that sister! Where is it written that inorder to be happy everything in your house/life must me just so. Avoid the stepford syndrome and be glad.

turtlegirl76 said...

Aww...that's my favorite picture yet.

And babe, don't worry about how often you blog or knit. We're happy to get what you can give us and still have energy for yourself after.

Maria said...

If you do nothing more than take care of that beautiful baby (and the other three little angels!?!) you'll have made a major accomplishment. That's hard work! I have five (the youngest is 7 now) and I decided I could handle anything if I got enough sleep. I'll never be known for my spotless house!

Stephanie said...

AWWWWWW, Love the photo! She's so precious!