Today I was a supermum again. I must say that I take a lot of pride in running days like today. But I should also point out that most of my days are not as effective as today and I much prefer not having to run a military operation in my house.
So this is how the day went: I got out of bed at 6:45am (later than usual) and the kids were already watching TV. I managed to get them to do 15 minutes of homework, got them ready for school well fed with scrambled eggs, toast and fried bananas. I prepared the lunchboxes, had my own breakfast (alleluia!), put the dirty dishes in the dishwasher and loaded the washing machine. We were out of the house by 8:20am and IF IT WASN’T FOR THE ROADWORK that stopped the traffic for a few minutes, I would have dropped the kids at school and caught the train at 8:36am!
I missed the train but still managed to get to the office just in time for a meeting. We got back home at 6:30pm after work and after school activities. Dinner was not very fancy, but included vegetables and some protein─so good enough─and the kids were ready for quiet time at 7:30pm. Hubby will load the dishwasher tonight. Phew! I feel like I’ve accomplished a lot today but if I had not started blogging I’d probably still squeeze in a visit to the gym.
Writing about my day makes me feel like it was exhausting but because of my anxiety, I cope really well with tight schedules, deadlines and working under pressure. I can be very productive in such circumstances as they keep my mind focused. But of course I know this is not sustainable and I often feel like I’m starting to burnout.
I know that there are lots of women out there doing a superb juggling act and some are really taking it in their stride. I don’t know how they can sustain that long term. More often than not, my kids just have Weet-bix for breakfast, watch much more TV in the morning than I would like them to and the dishes just pile up in the sink. I’ve learnt to accept a good deal of chaos in my life, I cannot be supermum everyday.