You have to do what you need to do...
That is what I tell myself, every time I'm too tired to move but still have to finish something, be it work-work or house work. Lately I felt as if my life has been a series of never ending tasks. There is rarely a lull moment. Every little break means a small window to finish another task.I console myself that it will be easier when the twins are a bit older. I remembered feeling the same when I was studying for my masters/moving/Ryan was younger but things did get less hectic for a time. So here's to hoping...
Things are still tolerable at the moment. I thank god that we've managed to get the lil kiddies on some sort of a schedule, which we try to follow as religiously as we could. Having my parents nearby does help us a lot too :)
I get a lot of people asking me, how do I survive not having a maid but still manage with the 3 kids but still able to look presentable and not frazzled in the morning (Ni bukan puji diri, 2 people actually said the same thing to me last month haha) My answer is very simple actually "we're used to it". I think the last time my family had a maid was when I was about 2-3 years old and Lan never had maids before. Our parents trained us to be independent when it comes to doing housework (taula nak guna washing machine, masak, kemas etc)
I admit since having the twins, we (I) have become a bit relax when it comes to mess. The house is kept CLEAN but I admittedly spend less time mopping/scrubbing the toilet floor/making sure Ryan's toys is in the right box etc (bukan OCD just a neat freak). Clothes are sometimes left unfolded for a few days before we managed to tackle everything . The problem is when you have 3 kids under 3 at home, laundry is a never ending process.
I mean when I get back from work, I rather spend the time playing with the kiddies rather than be dusting the furniture or whatever. At least I don't have to think about cooking as we usually have dinner at my mum's place. Currently this arrangement is the most practical since I usually reach Klang around 7pm. After maghrib prayers, the whole troop will head home.
The twins will be carted into their downstairs bedroom at 8.30pm sharp by their daddy and my task is to keep Ryan busy. We'll usually watch Cake Boss together while he makes a lot of mess with his toys (haha) sementara tu I'll either fold some clothes/cook frozen food for the twins or lepak. 9.30pm is Ryan's bedtime for which I'm responsible for, kalau dah tidurkan si kecik ni, sometimes "ter"join sama, sometimes after he's asleep I'll head downstairs to finish whatever task that needs to be completed.
Lan will carry the twins up and then it's bedtime for everyone :) The next day = Lan getting ready first since he needs to be at the office by 8am. We'll get the twinnies ready for school, coaxing Ryan out of bed + bath etc is no easy feat, and hopefully they'll be off to nursery by 7.20am. I'll clean up after them, get ready and go to work and the routine starts again when I get home.
I'm proud to say dalam hectic2 ni pun sempat masak for potluck and Lan's office function for 30 people ok and sometimes even fit in time for my scrapbooking project :)
Yes it is not easy but it is doable. Someone perli nak save duit ke tak nak hire maid. The thing is Lan and I are far from being richla but we're actually paying more (almost double) by sending the kids to nursery than having a maid. Practical la kan, I don't think 1 maid can take care of the kiddies + kemas rumah. Nak ambik 2 maids bukannya I live in a mansion, kan! To tell you the truth, I prefer the privacy of having the whole house to ourself and tak payah pening pasal maid lari, maid bwk bf balik rumah etc.
So we opt for the better option for us (for the moment) which is to send the kids to nursery and do the housework ourself. Worst come to worst I'll get a part time cleaner to come clean the house on weekends but we'll cross that bridge when the time comes... So far things are working for us. Memangla the house is not as neat as I would like it to be but at least it is clean, in a livable and comfortable state and for that I'm thankful.
Anyway, I know why Allah gave me twins, it is because he knows I'm an excellent multitasker (hahah) actually all mums are, so let's give ourselves a good pat in the back :)