You know how after you have a baby you also have a messy house and a poochy stomach and dark bags under your eyes for a while? Well, I’m just wondering when the “I just had a baby!” excuse expires.
My house is still messy, my stomach still poochy and my bags as black as the (sleepless) night and I don’t see those things changing anytime soon. Are we supposed to just gradually pick up the pieces and return slowly to our former selves or does there come a time when we have to just buck up and say, “Enough!” and bite the bullet and start cleaning and working out and smiling through the pain of sleep deprivation?
How long are we allowed to wallow in the ways we’ve changed?
My youngest baby is just over four months old, and I’ve had three kids in four years. I have just started working out and eating sensibly. I have not slept through the night in almost five years. I am half-way through the course to get my real estate license. After hearing all that, I think, “Wow, there’s a lot on my plate and I’m doing a pretty good job of juggling it all.” But in the day to day grind, I so often feel incompetent, unorganized, unmotivated and exhausted.
When did you let go of the “I just had a baby!” line and feel as though you got things back to normal? (Or are you still milking it, even though your kid is 13?) Was it lots of work or did it happen naturally and gradually for you?