Making a plan and doing the best I can

Before I went to bed last night, I had a plan of what I wanted to do the next day.

My plan was:

  • Set alarm clock to wake up at 6:45 am
  • Leave the house by 7:45 am
  • Drop baby off at daycare
  • Go to the gym for 30-45 min
  • Shower, change and go to work
  • Leave work, pick up baby
  • Come home feed baby and cook

Well, what really happened was:

  • Baby ended up waking up at 3 am (he normally sleeps throughout the night). He had an unexpected amount of energy that led to laughing and wanting to play. He stayed up for 1 hr before going back to sleep
  • I didn’t wake up until almost 8:30 am
  • Left the house at 9:45 am
  • Drop baby off at daycare
  • Was late for work
  • Left work, was too tired to cook for family…Fed baby

Adjusting to baby life means, expecting the unexpected and adjusting accordingly. Having a general plan, but leaving it open enough for things to go another way. I was one of those people who had a plan for everything, even to the smallest detail and would get mad when things didn’t go according to plan. Now that my son is here, he has helped me embrace “making a plan and doing the best I can”.

“Making a plan and doing the best I can” means:

  • Enjoying the moment – These precious moments with our baby past by so fast, it’s important to value, love and enjoy the moment
  • Being happy because things could be worse – There could be worse things that could happen to me and my family. As long as we’re happy and healthy, everything will be alright
  • Have a plan but open for interruptions – It’s life. We all have good intentions, plans, goals and dreams to pursue. We plan to accomplish those things, but with life, baby and family, comes unexpected interruptions to those plans. Does that mean I give up, NO!!, it just means that this roadblock is meant to be torn down and make me that much stronger.

After reading this, I’m laughing. I’m laughing because I really did have that plan, I really wanted it to work and I really wanted to go to the gym. Next time, baby and I will just go for a walk. He likes being outside and I need the exercise. Like me, you’ve probably had similar situations. Don’t stress out because things didn’t go according to plan, it’s o.k. I encourage you to “make a plan and do the best you can”

Enjoy life. Enjoy your family.