The plan will be not to plan….

I like to plan things, I like to what is happening when. With children this can be really useful at times, but most of the time it is just frustrating because things never go according to plan.

Last night the plan was to have a relaxing evening in front of the t.v. and perhaps write a post about something fun. The weather had different plans, it had been really quite hot all day and it did not cool down in the evening. Not the best weather for sleeping in. So it was no surprise that Elisabeth didn’t go to sleep until about 10pm, bless her little heart. She also didn’t nap today so she is a real crouchy toddler at the moment. Luckily there is one thing that always cheers her up, playing ipad! We try to limit this to 10 minutes in the evening, but at times like this when she is really tired it’s a welcome break for both of us.

My husband is laying the floor in our new conservatory and I’m getting really excited about finally being able to use it. I also planned to clean the carpet upstairs in our living room as soon as the conservatory is ready for use to give the living room carpet time to dry without us getting wet feet. Unfortunately I had to move that plan forward slightly as Elisabeth, who was walking around in the nude as it was too hot for wearing a nappy all day, managed to do a poo on the carpet, nice. I only looked away for a second, and that was all it took. So out came the carpet cleaner, sigh, it’s such a lot of hassle getting the hoover transformed into the carpet cleaner, cleaning the carpet and then transforming it back to normal hoover state.

So from now on, I’m giving up on planning for a while as just take everything as and when it comes. I wonder how long this will last?

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9 Replies to “The plan will be not to plan….”

  1. Being a mum is not for the faint of heart. It only takes a second for them to get in trouble, doesn’t it? 🙂 Lola loves the iPad, too. I give in just so I can get a moment’s peace from time to time.

  2. Your hopes of not planning may not last too long if you’re like me. I’m a big planner and lister. I set goals and expect to reach them and when I don’t, I get down on myself. It’s been the hardest thing to get over as a Mommy. Some days my house is a mess with dishes and laundry and I have a zillion things I need to do, but I can just let go of it and know it’ll all get done in time. Other days I have a hard time looking at the mess and the ‘planner’ in me comes out and I’m dissapointed. I hope we can learn to let go a little more and not plan 🙂

    1. I’ve found that really hard as well, not being able to meet my own expectations. But I’m getting better now, we have to keep reminding ourselves she’ll be only little for a short while so we need to enjoy it as much as we can and worry less about chores, they can wait!

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