Monday, April 2, 2012

If I could turn back the clock, part two

Thanks for all the great comments in response to last Monday's diaper do-over post. Lots of fabulous ideas and feedback, that's for sure. I still don't know what we're going to do, but we will definitely take all of your thoughts into consideration. Thank you, thank you!!

Anyway, moving on to the next installment of things I would do differently if I had the opportunity to turn back the clock ...

If I could do it all over again, I would hire someone to clean my house. I would make the arrangements before the baby's arrival and I would have the cleaning person start a couple of weeks after her birth. With a newborn, there simply isn't time to vacuum every other day or clean the bathroom once a week. The baby takes up most, if not all, of your time. So, even if you yearn for a clean house (like I did) it probably isn't going to happen unless someone does it for you. Looking back, the idea of hiring someone to clean seems like a such no-brainer. I'm not sure why I didn't think about it ahead of time. All I know is it would have made my life so much easier.

I finally got a clue and hired someone about six weeks ago. She spent six hours one Sunday getting our place all spic-and-span, and I cannot even tell you how happy it made me. The next day, I was able to relax during the baby's naps. I didn't have to stress over (or even think about ) finding time to clean. Of course, now the place is a mess again. I hope to have her back within the week.

How did you keep up on household chores when your baby was an infant? Did you hire a cleaning crew, did you somehow manage to DIY or did you just overlook the mess?


  1. Good for you! I am expecting my third and seriously considering hiring someone now. After my first was born I was able to keep up with everything easily. I personally think my post-partum state made me a little manic. I had more energy than I had ever had and didn't need much sleep. After my second was born I couldn't keep up and just did the best I could do and then overlooked what I couldn't manage. Now at 20 weeks pregnant with my third, a (just turned) 4 year old, and a 15 month old - I AM EXHAUSTED!! I need help!! Good for you for figuring it out so quickly =)

  2. Hiring a post partum doula is also a great idea. They help with housework, childcare (of older siblings), meal prep and planning, errands, breastfeading support, etc. I am a postpartum doula and I also offer babywearing help, and cloth diaper assistance., This link tells more about what a postpartum doula does and this is also a good place to find a doula. I'm obviously biased because I'm a doula, but I never had one with my first and boy do I regret that! ;)

  3. Somehow I've managed to keep the house pretty clean without having to hire someone (although I've dreamed about it plenty). I've definitely had to cut back on what I thought was essential though. Vacuuming/sweeping every other day, laundry as soon as the bin is full, making the bed daily, etc. are all things of the past. I've had to change my perspective a little, so during the week we keep up with the basics like cooking dinner, cleaning up after it, along with a general nightly "pick-up" of the whole house, and I save the "real" cleaning for the weekends when I have a little more time. I think hiring someone to come in once a month would be amazing though!

  4. Thanks for your comments! My house is now clean again and I love it!!

    Colleen -- Thank you for the link. I actually had never even heard of a post partum doula until after my baby was born and didn't realize they did all that until way later. Great idea and I am sure it would have been an excellent investment. With a second baby, I think this would be an absolute necessity.


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