I have this problem. As soon as my baby falls to sleep in her cot during the day I lose all realistic perception of time. In my head, her nap will stretch on and on and on. And then, a little voice whispers into my ear, “Go on – quick! Get ALL the stuff done before she wakes up!”
You probably put a wash on when your baby’s in bed. You might even do a spot of polishing or answer a few emails. Perhaps you do the sensible thing and put your feet up with a cup of tea. Not me. Nope. As soon as my baby’s eyes are closed and she’s making those cute little soft snorey sounds that babies do, I go CRAZY.
It’s honestly like I have some kind of alternative reality experience and think I’ve just morphed into a superhero. I see the minutes of
freedom nap time ticking along indefinitely and decide it’s a good time to not only get all the regular chores done that I’ve not had a chance to do yet, but to begin a couple of projects too. You know, like, start decorating the bathroom, begin an upcycle job on a chair on a whim, reorganise the entire contents of our kitchen cupboards. That sort of thing.
And alongside all these big projects – weekend projects at the very least – I have work to do as well. But instead of accepting that it may not be possible to bang out three features and ten blog posts in the space of baby nap time, I think I’ll do all that AND a major redecoration project too.
Of course the first law of baby naps is that as soon as you begin a big job the baby will wake up. So we end up with half-finished jobs acting as a constantly irritating reminder that I’m not a superhero. I HATE NOT BEING A SUPERHERO.
Come the evening, when I may get a blessed five minutes to myself before Baby Girl inevitably wakes up needing a cuddle, the last thing I want to do is complete all the ridiculously over-ambitious projects I began earlier that day. By 8pm I’m far more aware of my own limitations and it’s all I can do to finish the things at the top of my work list – the things I’m being paid to do – as well as all the other stuff. Picking up a paintbrush at that time of night just isn’t appealing.
And so the baby nap time dilemma rolls on to the following day. Because, that day, I will be left with all the stuff I started the day before, as well as my dumb inner wannabe superhero’s ideas for that day too. And then we have yet more projects begun that are doomed to fail. And more frustration when I can’t redecorate my entire house, complete a year’s worth of accounts admin, clean the oven, alphabetically organise the freezer and landscape my garden – all in the golden hour and a half before my baby wakes up.
Perhaps by the time the baby turns 30 I’ll have got on top of my to do list. Until then, I need some tips on quelling my dumb inner wannabe superhero.
What do you manage to get done in baby nap time? Do you ever bite off more than you can chew?!
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