I’m finally starting to feel like I have settled into a bit of a routine at home now. Life as a stay-at-home mum can feel a little structureless at times, particularly because there’s only so much routine a baby can have. As I continue to adjust to Evie’s changing habits and schedule, I am trying to teach myself how to be more patient with her. I’m also trying to savour every moment of every stage she’s going through. I know I’m going to miss these times (both the good and bad) in the not-so-distant future.
My New Routine
It’s funny, once I went on maternity leave I never thought I would miss working. And to be honest, I don’t miss my old job at all. What I do miss though, is the structure I had when I was working full time. Having to get up at a certain time in the morning, getting dressed for the day etc. All of the mundane things that I didn’t think I’d actually miss, I find myself longing for.
That being said, I do enjoy having more control over how I spend my time now. I’m a morning person by nature, so I’ve been trying to get up even earlier than usual. This gives me some time to myself and a chance to get a head start on the day before Evie wakes up.
What goes hand in hand with getting up early, is going to bed early. This is something I have eternally struggled with. Particularly as I have gotten used to surviving off very little sleep over the last 9 months. Now that Evie is sleeping better, I’m slowly teaching myself how to do the same. Unfortunately though, like a lot of people, I am guilty of staring at my phone right before I go to sleep. Old habits die hard, I suppose. It’s a slow process but one I am determined to master. That one night I went to bed at 9 pm I honestly felt like a new woman the next day.
It’s been so good to get back into blogging again. Now that I have the time to blog, I’ve been trying to incorporate that into my routine as well. Planning my content is something I’ve never really done before until now, but I’ve actually found that it’s been really helpful in keeping me on track. In the past, I have often let good ideas slip by simply because I didn’t execute them fast enough. That being said, I generally blog about what I feel inspired by, so most of the time it still feels quite spontaneous. Having some idea of the kind of posts I want to do in advance though, has really assisted me in being consistent with it.
Townsville is still very hot and humid at the moment, so I’ve been keeping indoors quite a bit. I’m looking forward to the dry season where the weather is a lot more pleasant and we can do more things during the day. It might sound strange to say, but I miss having the windows open and feeling the air from outside. We have been pretty much living in air conditioning for the past few months and the air can get a little stale.
I’m also super excited about an unexpected trip to Victoria in a few weeks time. Evie and I will be headed down to Geelong to see family and I can’t wait to soak up some Autumn weather. It’s my favourite season and I missed it a lot last year. I’m feeling really grateful we get to come down so soon after our last trip, and will definitely be making the most of it.