How does a stay-at-home mom find balance or even stick to a schedule? From my personal experience it doesn't come easy. I don't even really know where to start. How do you get an infant on a schedule? Her napping schedule changes by the day. And honestly I'm not the hard ass that can go and just lay her in her bed. I mean in my eyes she is still a newborn, Guess I need to get over that.
I have never been given the opportunity to be a stay-at-home mom in the past. I do know how to balance multiple jobs, one child, and how to ignore household chores from my experience. But I'm still learning how to balance taking care of a husband (being the wife I think my husband deserves), taking care of an 8 yr old & 4 mo old (being the mother I always dreamed of having), Keeping up on housework, trying to get back down to pre-baby weight, and massaging to earn extra money for my family. Really trying to be the Proverbs 31:10-31 woman. "The wife of noble character"
A wife of noble character who can find?
She is worth far more than rubies.
Her husband has full confidence in her
and lacks nothing of value.
She brings him good, not harm,
all the days of her life.
She selects wool and flax
and works with eager hands.
She is like the merchant ships,
bringing her food from afar.
She gets up while it is still night;
she provides food for her family
and portions for her female servants.
She considers a field and buys it;
out of her earnings she plants a vineyard.
She sets about her work vigorously;
her arms are strong for her tasks.
She sees that her trading is profitable,
and her lamp does not go out at night.
In her hand she holds the distaff
and grasps the spindle with her fingers.
She opens her arms to the poor
and extends her hands to the needy.
When it snows, she has no fear for her household;
for all of them are clothed in scarlet.
She makes coverings for her bed;
she is clothed in fine linen and purple.
Her husband is respected at the city gate,
where he takes his seat among the elders of the land.
She makes linen garments and sells them,
and supplies the merchants with sashes.
She is clothed with strength and dignity;
she can laugh at the days to come.
She speaks with wisdom,
and faithful instruction is on her tongue.
She watches over the affairs of her household
and does not eat the bread of idleness.
Her children arise and call her blessed;
her husband also, and he praises her:
“Many women do noble things,
but you surpass them all.”
Charm is deceptive, and beauty is fleeting;
but a woman who fears the LORD is to be praised.
Honor her for all that her hands have done,
and let her works bring her praise at the city gate.
I know I can never really measure up to her, but that is the model I try to look up to. That is a huge order to fill though.
I think it will start with me finding balance as a first step. I will keep you posted on my progress. =)