Can I stop just for a second….please?

too much to do

Have you ever felt like you’re always trying to catch up? And when you reach the bottom of the huge to-do list, another pile of things appear that you need to get done and the end just seems to get further and further away.

If I’m honest, I’m struggling lately. I’m constantly tired, my mind is always on the go thinking about this and that and I’m really conscious of trying to spend as much time as I can with Little Mr doing fun stuff together as my maternity leave ends in just a few short weeks.

I feel unorganised, my memory is terrible and if it’s not written down it’s just not happening.  I’m trying to get as much done as possible but feel like I’m not getting very far at all. My diet is terrible, I’m not drinking enough fluids and I’m always thinking about what I’m going to do next; cooking, washing, cleaning the kitchen or the bathroom, meeting family, keeping appointments, making sure we remember birthdays etc.

Is this just the curse of being a new mum and trying to cram in too much? Should I just step off the [metaphorical] train and sit down for a while and do nothing and let everything wait? I feel like I should be doing something other than blogging but if I don’t get out what’s in my head, I’m likely to burst into tears (again!)

No need to reply or leave a comment but I just need to get it out there and maybe stop for a second, please….?

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Emma Shilton

Emma Shilton, is a UK Family Lifestyle blogger from the West Midlands, UK, Emma is Mummy to two boys; Olly, (born February 2013) who loves Lego, cars and old cartoons and Freddie, (born January 2018) who loves noisy toys and making a mess. The blog follows their adventures as they capture everyday life, family travels and adventures.

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  1. 16/10/2013 / 1:16 am

    That is exactly how I’m feeling today too hon – it was like reading exactly whats in my head. Sometimes I think it’s just my hormones hitting me, and other times I’m like ‘no, i’m just stressed because I’m trying to do too much’. We can’t do everything (unfortunately) and as I new mum I think sometimes we’ve got to accept that something has to give. I’m trying to give Bert my all and spend as much of the day with him, but then I end up running around at full-speed when he’s a sleep trying to cram a whole days worth of jobs into a few half hour slots – then I end up staying up late (like now!) winding down or still getting jobs done! And I still feel guilty that the bathroom isnt clean, the hoovering hasn’t been done etc! It isn’t just you babe – lets call it the curse of being female, and conscientious all at the same time! xxxx (Oh to be a man!)

    • mrsshilts
      16/10/2013 / 1:24 am

      Thank you so much Lucy, I was starting to feel like I was going a bit crazy. I love spending all day with LM but come 8pm when he’s in bed, I’m trying to cram as much in as possible to catch up. I’m wide awake (it’s 1.23am) and I’ve got to be up and alert by 8am or before if LM wakes up.. I’m really my own worst enemy! xxx

  2. 16/10/2013 / 10:25 am

    Hey sweet cheeks – don’t sweat the small stuff. What I mean is, don’t worry about the everyday, just love it, live it, enjoy it.

    The returning to work thing must be really playing on your mind but focus on the positive – little man will get lots of new attention and days, you’ll get a break (seriously so many mums tell me they find work a break from mum time!) AND you’ll have extra pennies to spend on the quality fun you’ll have together.

    My brain was mushed after Betsy. After Oz (born 364 days later) it was a gonner.

    I love on coffee, cake and happiness.

    Don’t sweat the small stuff xx

    Mwa x

    • mrsshilts
      17/10/2013 / 8:15 pm

      Thank you Fi xxx

    • mrsshilts
      17/10/2013 / 8:13 pm

      Thank you for replying Stacey, it’s like a never ending cycle. Big hugs to you x

  3. 17/10/2013 / 9:46 am

    I feel exactly like this too. I am just treading water half the time and find it impossible to relax.

    I wish i could just sit down in the evening and read a magazine or whatch tv but my mind is juts whirling with things i need to do. I try and do everything at once and feel i am getting nowhere – except more stressed out!

    Anyway just wanted to comment to let you know you are not alone x

    • mrsshilts
      17/10/2013 / 8:17 pm

      Thank you Katie, that’s exactly how it is.. treading water! Working so hard and not getting anywhere, big hugs x

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