I am in a funny place, routine- and homemaking-wise, right now. Three weeks ago, I birthed our third child. As anyone who has had this experience knows, I am doing a lot of nursing, sleeping, not sleeping, and healing. And with the healing comes bleeding, which brings me around to that weird place.
In order to make the bleeding stop as quickly as possible, I need to do as little as possible around the house. In some ways it is freeing. Spend as much time on the internet as I want? Sure! Go back to bed after breakfast? Yes, please! Watch another movie? Why not? Read another chapter of a giant novel? Absolutely!
It is also the antithesis of what I normally try to accomplish with my days. Usually, I try to put away what I take out when I'm finished. I watch the floor for piles of crumbs or spills to clean up. I monitor the laundry piles, and the dish piles, and the amount of food in the fridge.
Thanks to many hardworking women in my parish, we are receiving meals for the next few days. Thanks to my mother and mother-in-law, we had in-home care for a few weeks beforehand. And thanks to my tireless, child-loving brother, we have help now too. I don't have to do most of what I normally do. I can focus on mothering my baby.
My mantra right now is "almost anything can wait four weeks." I recently read this in Dr. Sears's The Baby Book. Actually, I'm waiting closer to six weeks. And if I do as I plan, that means I'll be "going back" next Sunday (the 11th of July). That's going to come up pretty quickly. Seems this is a good time to practice living in the Here and Now and actively enjoy the rest of this precious newborn/postpartum period.