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Help! I Need a Band Aid!

May 8th, 2008 at 10:36 am

Or, a good swift kick in the butt. Itís been a crazy week and Iím exhausted. When I get overtired I get lazy and when I get lazy money tends to flow more freely. I know I get the same 24 hours in a day that everyone else does, but how do you balance everything?

I get up between 5:15-5:30am (an EVIL time of the day!) and start my day. Shower, get ready for work, pump, get bottles ready, get kids ready, bring kids to school, etc. No matter how much stuff I get done the night before, it always seems to be a marathon in the morning. Itís easier if DS2 would just sleep in until 6:15 or so, but heís been up with the roosters lately. Then I go to Ďworkí all day. Pick up the kids (if my day) and start my Ďrealí job. Laundry, pick up, quality time with kids, make dinner on the nights DH is not home, baths and on and on. And DS2 doesnít sleep through the night so Iím up several times with him. He doesnít care for the bottles (of pumped breastmilk) so most days he Ďreverse cyclesí and eats at night. I know it wonít last forever so Iím ok with it. But, Iím tired. Iím EXHAUSTED. Last night I went to bed after 11 and it seems like I got nothing done.

I had car troubles yesterday that (thankfully) was just a battery problem and easily remedied. But the coordination of schedules to get my car from work and fix it throws everything else off.

Anyway, all of this leads to me not having as much energy to stay on top of things. We ate out 2 days this week and I didnít have time to make lunch this morning as we barely got out the door on time. I just HAVE to get myself more organized! If I were more organized little things wouldnít throw everything off so much. But, when do I have time to get everything in order?

Tonight I have to make brownies for the boys to bring in to their teachers for Teacher Appreciation Week and have DS1 sit down and make a card. Iím behind on laundry (I may never win that battle!) And I know I have at least 1 bill to pay. Oh and I need to call the mortgage company to schedule the closing for our refi. DS1 needs a haircut sooo badly, but itís just going to have to wait for this weekend. He looks like I fished him out of the dumpster, but I donít think I can handle another chore/errand right now.

I need to stop the bleeding now before it really gets out of control. How do you do it? I canít seem to get myself together.


And I have some money to add to my challenge but I haven't counted it yet. Sigh.

3 Responses to “Help! I Need a Band Aid!”

  1. mom-sense Says:


    Hang in there - sounds like you're surviving your week, which is a good thing. I had to laugh about haircuts, I finally got around yesterday to haircuts for my boys and the dog to the groomer as well! Love the line - "looks like I fished him out the dumpster!" Good luck!

  2. merch Says:

    Take a breath and relax for a minute.

    I get up at 5:15 am and am home at 7:00 pm. When I get home, I usually play with the kids and put them to bed and then have dinner at 8:00. I usually do some work around=d the house until 9:30. I clean up after the kids, fold laundry, wash the dishes, Ö My wife goes to bed about 9:00. I usually go to bed at about 11:00.. I have a 3 year old and 8 month old.

    So how do we do it? Well, my wife stays home, which takes a lot of stuff of my shoulders, but we also approach things as a team and try to share the burdens and responsibilities. Maybe you have to lean on your husband a little more and have him help out more because you need a break to regroup.

    As for getting off track, I have my goals in front of me all day long. And I usually look at them 4 times a day. They are forced into the decisions I make because they are right there staring at me.

    I believe what separate successful people from not is the ability to constantly be moving towards your goals. Every decision is then based am I moving closer to where I want to be or further away?

    When I say goal I am talking about your BIG goals. My big goal is to start a business and real quality time with my family. To get there, I have to be financially free, which means debt free plus investments, plus passive income with some fun in between.

    So decisions I make each day either bring me closer or further away from those goals.

    But donít beat yourself up too much. You need to regroup and focus. You can do this.

  3. thriftorama Says:

    I know how you feel. I have a 6 week old and am waiting for him to sleep through the night...

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