Anyone relate? You’ve just had a little one, there’s stuff everywhere. High chair in the kitchen, food catapaulted all over the walls, toys all over the floor, soggy muslin cloths flung in every room, dirty nappy bin overflowing and washing, washing and more washing piled high, Yesterday’s pants strewn on the bathroom floor and cups of half drunk tea lying around the place like a cup graveyard… yep welcome to my new world of mess.
Back when I thought ironing muslin cloths was a good idea!
Let’s rewind to my pre-baby life. I was OCD about stuff, things had to have their place. (Now I’m not saying I don’t still have OCD about where things reside but I’d say I’m just a tad more relaxed these days). You see, this is the thing … when the baby comes along all order seems to go out of the window. Doesn’t matter how many “ikea hacks” and baby organisers you deploy; there’s still a massive shift in your lifestyle and it takes time to adapt – or in my case – you don’t.
Let me see if I can list this out in a simpler way (not because my readers need it simplified but because that’s how my brain currently operates that way now I have a child).
Pre baby thoughts / Post baby thoughts
1. I’m not having plastic toys
Sod it buy the jumparoo with added flashing tacking plastic keyboard and plastic cow.
2. Everything will have a place
What do you mean which drawer do muslins go in? They could be anywhere!
3. The lounge will be our adult space
The Lounge is now full of toys
Toys in the lounge – standard now
4. Everything will match the decor.
I may consider redecorating the house in primary colours to match his toys.
5. Baby will have to fit into our ways
Let him do what he wants if it stops him screaming.
6. I may need a hobby to keep busy
Hobby? I haven’t been for a wee in 5 hours – I must schedule that in before my bladder implodes.
7. All white and pale colours are nicer I’m not decorating his room yellow!
Sod white and pale colours they shows the mess – where’s that yellow?
8. Our garden is not having a plastic slide and climbing frame!
What’s he having for his birthday? A plastic slide and climbing frame for the garden …
9. He’s not having food in the car
Here have this wafer in the car whilst mummy tries to drive in peace.
10. I won’t have a mucky faced baby
Fine – if you won’t let me touch your face you can go out with a snotty nose and prune smeared up your cheeks
Can anyone else relate to this? How has having a baby changed your outlook on mess / home life?