Last week when I was rambling on about my latest crafting obsession, my friend, Holly – mom to two, two-and-under, commented:
Seriously, how do you have time for these things!?!?!? :cP Holly,
First off, congratulations on your precious new girl! We have her picture on our fridge and several times a day I hear “Ahhhh! Cute baby!”
You asked how I have time to do my little projects. The biggest reason is that I don’t have a newborn! I might have eight children, but not one of them needs to eat and be changed every two hours! (Although, some of my boys might enjoy meals that frequent!)
I usually don’t even attempt to do any extra projects until the baby is about four months old and sleeping on a regular schedule. Prior to that, consider the day successful if you make dinner and get the dishwasher unloaded! I have sewed while trying to nurse a baby. No one enjoyed that!
I’ve learned to craft in snatches of time. I keep current projects out in my kitchen so I don’t have to spend time hauling things out and setting up. It’s not tidy, but the satisfaction outweighs the mess.
I involve the children by giving them fabric scraps or scraps of scrapbooking paper. Older children will work on their own scrapbooks when they see me working on mine.
I keep my expectations of how much I’ll accomplish LOW. If I’m feeling like I need to be super-productive, my parenting skills definitely suffer.
Finally, at the risk of sounding cliché, enjoy this time! It does go by too quick! You are a wonderful mama and I look forward to watching your babies grow!