Originally published as a guest blog on www.justanothermummyblog.com
One of the things that I think that most of us can agree on, is that children come with a whole lot of unpredictability!And as a former control freak, the plunge into motherhood not only came with the usual and expected highs and lows, but a complete change (like a total 180!) in how I manage my time and expectations on a day to day basis. I found that either my expectations of myself were too high, or the time management skills that I possessed were just plain poor. I simply couldn’t juggle allthe things, so I had to figure out a way to make it all work. Especially at one of the most crucial and difficult times of the day; The Witching Hour.
Forward planning is literally the basis of my everyday life now. Planning and preparing my day (as much as I can) in advanced is the key to my survival. ESPECIALLY when I'm flying solo. It's the key to getting out of the house in one piece, as much as surviving Arsenic hour, and getting dinner on the table at a reasonable time. I'm not a natural planner in this sort of day to day aspect, major life goals, hell yes! But day to day living? I'm more of a fly by the seat of my pants kinda gal. Which is a philosophy on life more fitting to a childfree and happy go lucky 20 year old, than a mother of three children.
The thing is though, I HATE being late. I'm often the token early person. Which is incredibly uncool of me, I know. So this is why I started doing these little steps to keep all of us on time!
So here's what I've learned - The key to the mornings is the night before. Never leave a job for the you of tomorrow that the you of tonight could just get done. I know, I know, the couch is calling your name... but trust me. You'll thank yourself tomorrow!
If you scroll back through my Instagram feed you'll notice that I have a thing for silhouette images. They became my favourite way to document my third pregnancy and continued on as a way to document certain stages of my post partum experience too. They've almost become a signature style of mine, they were even featured on 'Baby Centre' (click here to read article) towards the end of the pregnancy. I love the simplicity. I love the timelessness of the black and white, and I loved how easy they were to create.
There's no need for fancy equipment, or to spend hundreds of dollars on a photographer. They can be created by you, in the comfort of your own home - not an ounce of make up or fake tan required. You can be as bold as you like - I adore my pregnant body, and set about creating images of that alone (I have since continued this with my post partum body, as it's something I wish to remember, every lump, bump and wrinkle), so I wore as little as possible to capture this. However, that isn't to everyones' taste. You can still create stunning images with the use of fitted clothing, or something loose and flowing. You can still create gorgeous images while wearing your favourite ball gown (you know, if you have one), if you choose to. It's entirely up to you.
Behind the blog...
‘The Mummysomniac’ is a lifestyle, motherhood and most recently, pregnancy blog, founded in 2015 by Kirsty McKenzie. She’s a mum of three, blogging about the highs and lows of motherhood, with a straight forward and honest approach, as well as a little bit of humour. Kirsty is passionate about sharing the realities of #MumLife, not the cookie cutter, high gloss version