I get asked “how I do it” all the time. Really, how do you do it? How do you the parent life, the work life, the life life? Let me tell you how living the split life is.
It’s not easy. I have a typical child and a special needs child. Sometimes I have to pay a little more attention to my little girl than I do to my slightly older little boy. I always feel like I’m choosing between the two. It’s a struggle to not let the guilt get to you. We don’t always have typical family outings.
Living in south Florida, it’s pretty much hot year round. That means Miss Riley doesn’t get to go out very often. Medication has silly side effects, life preventing her from properly regulating her heat… aka sweating. Or in her case, lack of sweating. We tend to keep her indoors, so if we can swing an indoor outing, like a children’s museum, we’ll definitely do that.
With that, we miss out on other fun, like riding bikes with AJ. Or going to the pool, or running around chasing Pokemon. We’re even trying to plan a camping weekend soon, but who knows when that will happen.
I constantly feel like we’re missing out. To add to all of the FOMO in my life, I also want to and need to continue with this site, adding new items to the store, and actually work a full-time 8-5 job. Living the split life isn’t an easy feat by any stretch of the imagination. So here’s what our family weekends consist of.
Friday (I know it doesn’t really count as the weekend, but I’m throwing it in here because my husband is amazing and gets almost all our laundry done on Fridays): Get home from work about 5:30-6, have dinner, get kids ready for bed, then work on printables or blog post while watching Live PD with that amazing husband of mine.
Saturday: Run errands, plan meals, clean house, play with kids or hit the museum or park, dinner, bed-time routines, stay up watching more Live PD with that same amazing husband while simultaneously working on site, store and/or printables.
Sunday: Wake up in panic mode at 6 am thinking it’s Monday and I’m late, divide and conquer with children, some outdoors fun with AJ while Riley is happily cool indoors with her awesome grandparents, get school paperwork ready for Riley (print and fill out new logs), make sure seizure logs are all up-to-date from weekend, watch football, cook dinner, play some more with kids, bed-time routine and handle meltdowns.
Sunday’s are tough. There’s so much of the need to get ready stuff, but it’s still the weekend and you want to maximize family time as much as possible. Finding that balance is so hard sometimes. I’m just hoping one day I’ll be able to stay home, and just be the mom… maybe one day.
I hope you all maximized your weekends. New printables coming soon, I promise. I have a ton of ideas in my head, getting them on paper (or on a computer) is another story. Until I get them out, check these links out for free printables here, here, and here. More freebies coming soon.
Have a great week, y’all!