1) I have not been separating the laundry. It's amazing how much more smoothly and quickly laundry shenanigans go when one is not so particular! And guess what? The clothes are still just as clean!
2) I have not created beautiful, from scratch birth announcements for Baby J. Let's be honest, very few people have time for such embellishment! (I did this for my first and my second never got announcements at all, poor thing. Oh well, add it to the mommy guilt. :) We went online and in a matter of seconds, voila, birth announcements!
3) I wrote no personal messages on #2's announcements. If you were feeling sad about not getting a personal greeting, you were not alone. If you didn't receive an announcement at all, well, I'm very sorry. (P.S. Many were just mailed!)
4) I have not been doing dishes. Period. All pots, pans, cutting boards, plates, etc. go directly from table to dishwasher. No messing around.
5) I have not been changing our bed linens very frequently. Hey, a little grime makes them softer, right?! At least its our own personal grime! ;) I'm patting myself on the back that we have linens at all. Be grateful kids!
6) And somewhat tragically, but in other ways very good, I have not been concerning myself with my appearance. If my hair gets washed, great. If make-up finds its way onto my face (via the front seat of the van), even better. But I have not been concerned with the dark circles under my eyes or my tousled locks. There just isn't time.
So if you've been feeling swamped and unable to tend to details, maybe my little list will make you feel a little more normal. I think the more REAL and honest we are about our survival status, the closer we'll be toward stepping back into more of a normal existence. Now, though, the real question is: how long does (can!) survival mode last?
God bless you on this Friday! TGIF!