The main thing I’ve come to learn since becoming a Mother is that life becomes one big juggling act. There is always so much to do. So many places to go, things to buy, people to see and rooms to clean that we barely stop to just enjoy our time with our family. Danny and I became homeowners and parents within the space of six weeks so as you can imagine this was one hell of an adjustment for us. Things we had never done before like pay utility bills and do the food shop we now had to do regularly as well as look after our brand new tiny human. 12 months later . . I’m back at work doing 3 days a week so throw that into the mix along with wanting to focus on my blog and I feel like I’m constantly chasing my tail. The toss up between getting stuff done and spending quality time with my family is what tugs at my heart strings the most! It’s so difficult to find the right work life balance but what I’ve come to learn is there a few things you can do to help you regain the balance.
The biggest struggle for me at the moment is that fact that Evie is walking now that she really isn’t a fan of sitting still for very long. If it’s in a high chair you can probably push her to 20 minutes but that includes constantly bribing her with food for the whole duration. So as you can imagine the food shop has become very “interesting” shall we say. If I manage to get there on my own (on my own meaning without Danny as Evie is surgically attached to my hip) during the week then it’s a reenactment of Supermarket Sweep running round as fast as I can throwing stuff into my trolley following no list as such just random notes I’ve made off the top of my head. If we go during the weekend when Danny is off then it’s a pretty full on job involving one of us pushing the trolley/entertaining Evie/handing out snacks like they’re going out of fashion whilst the other follows the list and tries to bring home our supplies for the week. And it almost always ends up with a cuddly bear/rubber duck/singing toy joining our bread and milk on the conveyor belt. So in order to make my life a little bit easier I ordered my Tesco food shop online and not only that I used their new same day delivery service. Shopping online saves me time and money (no extras creeping into the trolley) and takes out the fuss (and stress) of taking Evie to a supermarket because as much as she loves Carol behind till 9 I’m not sure she is stimulated by the food shop as she is when we’re out at the park or playing in a ball pool having lots of fun! But it’s with the new added benefit of the same day delivery service that really appeals to me because even when you leave your shopping to the last minute (always me) then you’re still able to order it, get on with your day and still have it arrive that same day! It just means there’s no hassle of ordering online and having to wait a few days for it to arrive which means you don’t have to plan in advance which suits me down to the ground. So we ordered our food shop in the morning, booked our slot for between 7pm – 8pm (as it meant no little sticky fingers would be trawling through the shopping as we try to unpack) which left us with only one thing to do . . Decide how we were going to spend our new found freedom!? (Okay I’m being dramatic but not trekking to Tesco with a baby in tow frees up a good chunk of our day!) So we opted for a brisk autumn walk to the village where we met Grandad and Maisie (or the woo woo as Evie calls her) for coffee and cake!
So at half 7 that evening we had a knock on the door and our shop was delivered. I could just be easily pleased but I am pretty made up that someone had not only done our shop for us but also delivered it to our door in the same day! And with Evie fast asleep we were able to unpack it within minutes, make a cup of tea and actually relax.
So this is my reality. I’m a mother, a wife, a sister, a cleaner, a chef, a daughter, a blogger, a friend, a walking talking Filofax, a children’s entertainer, the list goes on. I am many things but what I need to remember is I can’t be everything all of the time. That’s why by doing something as simple as ordering my food shop and having Tesco bring it straight to my door all within the same day gives me that little bit of relief from life’s list of never ending tasks. I can work on getting the balance right and spending my time more wisely (aka eating cake and drinking coffee)