Bracing for Chaos
The MPB household is gearing up for a very challenging month and half. We’ve known about the impending chaos for a few months now, and I think both Mr. MPB and I just kept trying to ignore that it was coming. But, now that it’s upon us (as in, it started last week) I can feel the stress in our house already ratcheting up a notch or two.
You see, Mr. MPB and I have conflicting schedules with things that must be done. I am in courses every Friday/Saturday for the next 6 weeks – if I don’t take these courses now, I will not complete a certificate program that I’ve been working on for a few years. I didn’t take them the year Little MPB was born, and now I have to catch up or start over. The courses are not cheap, so I am not starting over. As for Mr. MPB, his schedule also cannot be changed as it is dictated to him by things outside of his control. Basically the stars have aligned in a very unfortunate way and the next month and a half are going to be tough for the MPB’s.
So, while I’m in courses every Friday and Saturday, Mr. MPB will be away every single weekend through November. We’ve actually hired our old nanny to help us out on Saturdays. Thank god she’s available and willing – at least we know Little MPB is in good hands.
Given all of this and a scheduled trip to visit family, we will not spend a weekend together at home, as a family of 3, until the weekend of December 16!!! And then it’s Christmas, which I don’t even want to think about yet. Okay, now I’m realizing that we wont have any real downtime from now until January 1, 2018. (And, maybe, just maybe, I’m ready to admit that it may be a good thing we don’t have a puppy yet).
Plus, we will also be trying to juggling our regular work week schedules with both of us having out of town commitments. Mr. MPB has 3 out of town weekdays scheduled in a row and I have 4 out of town weekdays scheduled sporadically throughout the month, but I expect there to be at least 1 more added. If I can add correctly, this means just in November alone there are 15 nights, possibly 16, that one of us will be away for the night!! I’m exhausted just thinking about it!
What does this mean for us?
First, both Mr. MPB and I are undoubtedly going to be exhausted and grumpy in the coming weeks!
Second, we will have to be patient with one another as we try to juggle everything. I have no doubt our tempers will be shorter the normal so we are going to have to let little annoyances go and pick our battles wisely.
Third, we are both going to have to help each other out without having to nag and beg for help. I will have to cook more. Mr. MPB will have to help grocery shop and do laundry. And, we are both going to need to use our limited free time to make an effort to stay on top of the general day to day household cleaning.
Fourth, we are going to have to plan our meals better then ever if we don’t want to eat out constantly.
And lastly, if we expect to get to the middle of December without any massive arguments (or at least a limited number of), we have to communicate really well with each other.
Wish us luck, because I think we are going to need it!
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