Monday, September 1, 2008

Tomorrow is the first day of the rest of my life

A Spanish proverb says "Tomorrow is often the busiest day of the year." I read this off the spine of Real Simple magazine once and chuckled, but it's so true.

For me, tomorrow is the first day of the rest of my life. For real!

Tomorrow, I start my new life as as Stay-at-Home Mom.

I guess, technically, I started at 5:30 p.m. Friday when I left the office. But, since I was normally home on weekends and today was a holiday, I feel like tomorrow is really Day 1.

As with anything new, I look forward to the next chapter of my life with excitement, anticipation and apprehension.

This weekend, we experienced the Jekyll and Hyde of Mitchell, as he went from super loving and great kiddo to crazy child who did everything but what you wanted to weepy kid who was Mr. Sensitive - and every range of emotion in between. (Noah, on the other hand, was just Noah - Mr. Happy Go Lucky, expect when time for nap.) Let's hope for more days with that super loving and great kiddo!

We're trying a new set of expectations (my new word, instead of rules - and very SAHM, I think), in which we picked out our clothes for tomorrow, put away our toys from today and even had some quiet time in the afternoon. Mitchell even helped me around the house several times today, including help with laundry, making "doubled eggs" (deviled eggs everywhere else) and putting away toys this morning. (This evening was another story - and I've not been in the playroom yet to see what progress he made. Then again, I guess that's why I paid for doors!)

As for my own new expectations, today I started subscribing to the ideas of Today's mission was to sweep the front porch and wipe down the front door. I set out with my broom and a bottle of Windex, and I don't think it's looked this good the entire time we've lived here! (Confession: I also don't think I've swept the front porch the entire time we've lived here. Hey - we come and go through the garage!) I've done some laundry, shined my sink and even started planning my bedtime routine. So far, I'm flying pretty well.

Then again, there's always tomorrow.


renee said...

I agree with you about sweeping the front. I have never dont that in the past because the wind will normally take it away or I get to busy with other things to notice but it only took me about 2 min. to complete that task. Have a good night!

The Stiletto Mom said...

I have so been where you are. I left my career for four years when my little Miss C was born having not spent any time at all with my son, Mr. C. You will get in the groove, takes a bit of time, but you will get there. And if you need some support...just let me know, I'm a pro at the whole exit/re-entry/want to exit again scene! Your blog is great, best of luck as a SAHM.

Erin said...

Congrats and Good Luck. Like the previous poster said... Don't rush it... You will find your groove and all will be good!

Like the new look too.

The Stiletto Mom said...

Mary was day one???