Even when I leave home for only a few hours, I have no idea what I’ll return home to – a volcano of dirty clothes topped off with a tornado of dishes. I’m off to give birth soon and I may be away for a few days. So who knows what kind of disaster awaits when I return home with my new baby in tow.
My list of labour concerns used to be extremely minimal –
Would I be blessed with a live healthy new baby to take home?
Would I be strong enough for birthing?
My Worries Have Grown
As my family has grown, so too has my list of worries. Most of which are really quite ridiculous!
What Will Happen To The Clothes?
If I hang the clothes to dry, and labour starts, will I have enough time to bring the clothes in before having to head to hospital to meet my new baby? Will they be dry in time? Will I even remember? And if I do happen to forget – who will be able to take them in off the line for me? I mean does my hubby even understand how to unclip a peg?
A Storm Inside the House
When I return home from hospital, will every single piece of crockery in the house be used and strewn all over the kitchen as it has been for the last few births? Will I be coming home to an absolute storm that needs a mammoth amount of work to clean up? Exactly how bad is it going to be this time around – and is there any way of avoiding the utter chaos I face post-birth?
No Clean Clothes
Is there a way of ensuring at least some essential clothing gets washed and dried in the time that I’m away? Realistically no one is going to run out of clean clothing. However, they will probably attempt to try on everything in the house after having a sip of water and spilling a drop on whatever it is that they’re wearing at the time. And their father will not only let them, but encourage them to each have ten wardrobe changes a day… I mean after all, that’s exactly what he does himself.
I know precisely what I face when I return home from hospital, and I don’t fear it just based on the volume of mess that I single handily have to deal with, but moreover the timeframe in which I will have to get everything straightened up in.
There’s No Time
Let’s face it, there aren’t too many hours between when you get discharged from hospital and when the midwife rocks up at your house to do checks on the baby and you!
Depending on how many people you have working against you at home there’s a real potential for disaster. And very little you can do to control it when one considers that you can’t force anyone to help out.
If the chaos didn’t start in an Instagram perfect home, then chances are you were already going to be running an unfair race against time to begin with! But there is hope, there is always hope!
I know that no matter how bad the mess is that I face when I return home, I will have a tribe of little people ever willing and able to help straighten things back up again. They are such wonderful little helpers and I love the way they always assist me, not because I ask them, but because they want to join in whatever I’m doing.
Maybe that’s where the difference lies – when they’re with their dad, they copy his every move. They forget how to use a laundry hamper, don’t know where the dirty dishes go and in general just leave things all around the house in hopes that someone else takes care of their mess.
No ‘Servants’ Here!
Growing up, my hubby had a home full of ‘servants’ to take care of his family’s every want and need, so it doesn’t surprise me in the least that he still lives his life as though he has the same luxury at his fingertips.
Although my list of concerns may have grown over the years, so too has my trust in believing that situations always work themselves out. I mean they have done so up until now, so really there’s nothing stopping me from handling it this time around either.
And maybe, just maybe, it won’t be as bad as the last time… or perhaps I should invest in a gigantic wall hanging which reads “Hubby Darling, sadly there are no servants here to clean up your mess, please tidy up after yourself!”
Would your house be a disaster if you left it to have a new baby? Tell us in the comments below.