My house cleaning days are the hardest.
On Wednesdays and Thursdays, I try to work in the mornings on chores around the house; getting the laundry caught up, washing the bed linens, cleaning and vacuuming bedrooms, sweeping and mopping the floors and any of the other million things that need to be done around a busy family's home. But I find that on these days, when I'm the busiest around the house, my little angel baby of a daughter takes off her sweet little wings and finds her little devil horns! It seems like every 5 minutes she's into something else! She spins through each and every room I've already cleaned, Tazmanian devil style, and proceeds to undo all the order I worked so hard to bring! It's maddening!
Like today, while putting away laundry in the back of the house, I hear, "Help! I stuck! I stuck!" It doesn't sound extremely urgent, so I go ahead and finish what I'm doing. When I do finally get back to the living room, from which she was bellowing, I discover that all the couch cushions are off the couch...I mean SECTIONAL! Replacing the cushions on a regular couch is hard enough, but replacing sectional cushions is a real task! They're all different sizes and shapes and some of them are big and cumbersome. It's seriously annoying putting it back together. I'm not sure what the whole "I'm stuck" thing was ever about, but it looks like she got unstuck on her own! UGH!
And that's just a small part of my whirlwind of a day. She pulls out every toy, goes through every drawer and pretty much gets into any and everything she's NOT supposed to get into while I'm busy cleaning (I so miss the playpen, bouncy seat, baby swing days!).
Now, I know that she's just bored and that she's also used to getting mommy's undivided attention every other hour of the day, so she's just acting out. I totally get it. I'm just not sure at this point how to handle this. She's not the kind of kid you can just set at a table with crayons and paper and ask her to color or draw. Or give her a few puzzles and books to keep her occupied.
NO WAY! The walls would become the canvas for her crayons and the puzzle pieces would all end up down the register vents! It's almost to the point where I'd like to find a sitter a couple of days a week just so I can get my cleaning done in peace (that isn't going to happen)! But I know a lot of you moms do it every day with many more kids than I have, so your advice on how to keep her out of trouble when I'm busy would be sooooo appreciated!