Productivity and toddlers mix as well as oil and water. This topic is fresh on my mind this morning because this week I started trying to be productive while the boys are awake. I must have waited long enough since the last time that I forgot how pointless it is to try to get anything done with the boys around. Take something as simple as folding clothes. Of course I am one of those people that pile 7 loads on to my couch to folded all at once so I am probably looking for toddler interference right of the bat. But the boys spend the whole time sitting in and standing on laundry basket.
Hold on, I have to go make some chocolate milk. OK I’m back.
Or else they climb all over the clothes like they are a mountain. And forget leaving a stack of folded clothes anywhere for more than 26 seconds. And the very last time I folded clothes, Owen had to get a pillow and blanket and “sleep” behind me while I worked.
And as some of you may know, I am trying to work on photography. So last night I was busy working on pictures while also going back and forth on the phone trying to plan a family vacation. In that time Owen chased me all over the house wanting to talk to Grandma, Jake got his fingers pinched, they both peed their pants twice (something they do not do often) and threw markers all over their toy room, twice. Now of course I was around them for all of this just not really in the moment because I was distracted. I know that a lot of parenting advice says to just be in the moment with your kids, forget the house stuff. And trust me, I normally do, but sometimes it feels good to actually accomplish something! I guess I just haven’t figured out the perfect balance yet. I’ll stick to get to getting things done while they are asleep, although I spend most of the time that they are asleep sleeping myself.
I feel like I could go on and on with examples (Like the fact that Jake just peed his pants again, while I was writing this blog) but I don’t want to bore you. I do know that their mischief is not all their fault. They are 2 and very curious little boys. I have definitely started seeing their behavior a little more like them acting their age rather than them trying to push my buttons. Although, they do get a look in their eye sometimes and I know they know what they are doing. I’m trying to enjoy the moment as much as I can, like I actually enjoyed Owen “sleeping” by me while I folded clothes, but I also want to feel like a contributing member of our household. Having the house in a none natural disaster condition when Joel comes home seems like a nice thing to do. I know he would never say I need to have the house clean, but that doesn’t mean he doesn’t appreciate it. Well, some day the boys won’t want to have anything to do with me and the house can be clean again. Not sure that sounds good either.