Tuesday, June 17, 2014

Hello. My name is Joy, and I'm still alive. Our little family is great, and life is happening every day. However, I seem to be having a problem with scheduling everything during the day. Which is why this blog has taken a backseat in my everyday activities. Right now AC is attempting to take a nap in the swing just a few feet away from me. So let's be honest, this post could publish a few minutes later, or it could sit in my drafts folder for another week or two until I can find another moment to come back and finish it. I'll try to let you know at the end which occurs!

First, I'm loving my new job title — mommy. It's probably the most fun I've had in my life. Is it stressful? Absolutely! But I love it, and I'm so thankful we were blessed with this little one.

Now back to why I can't seem to blog on a regular basis... life. Life with an almost four month old is wonderful, but she rules the roost. In our birthing class they mentioned that babies take a lot of your time, and they depend on you for everything. We laughed because we knew all of this, but when it becomes your reality it takes on a whole new meaning. She needs mommy and daddy for everything: eating, sleeping, etc. (I just looked up and she's asleep! This post might actually get published today, whoop whoop!)

Not only am I a stay at home mommy, but I also work from home. Being in a still somewhat new city to us, we don't know people like we do back in our hometown in Mississippi. And, I'm overly protective of this little one that we are so happy to have, so I'm not about to leave my baby with just anyone. Thankfully, I'm blessed to be able and stay home with her every day. My husband is a very hard worker and makes sure that his family is provided for. However, my full time job of taking care of our AC is just part of my daily routine, I'm also a social media manager for a design, marketing and media agency. I love both of my jobs, and I'm so thankful I get to do both of them from our home.

We can't forget that before either of those two job titles came about, that I was/am a wife. And, I'm also still a friend. Wow, my title sure is getting longer. I feel like a doctor with a bunch of specialties... Joy H Sowell, W, BF, MM, SMM, SAHM.

So I'm finding it harder to schedule all of those roles in one day. I wouldn't change my life for anything, and I'm happy to be where I am today. I got an Erin Condren life planner, and when I find time to write in it, I feel better about my day/week. Maybe I should write a schedule for each day... and yes, I'm one of those people who thought schedules were ridiculous before AC came. Maybe when I get our schedule/smedule down pat, I'll find a moment at least a few times a week to blog. Or at least finish the six drafts I've already started. Ha!

PS — she's still asleep, it's only ten minutes after I started this post, and it's about to publish. So make that five drafts in my folder! Phew!


  1. I remember the first month with Carter. Lord there were days that I never brushed my teeth. It's amazing when people tell you that babies sleep 16 hours or more a day. Not sure where all that time goes because I still rarely had time to eat or shower!!! We bought babywise book and I read it before we had him, but all moms know that you probably don't need to schedule anything those first several weeks because honestly, you're just in survival mode! It was at Carter's 4 week checkup that he told us to start implementing it. It took Carter a couple of weeks but he got it an never let go of it. That's how I got through my days and managed to get everything done...predictability. I knew when he was going to nap, for how long and for how many times in a day he would nap. It became extremely easy to plan my day once I got him on a schedule. Not sure if you used babywise or any other scheduling plan, but if you haven't looked into it you should. It changed our lives!

  2. LG is nearly two and I'm finally feeling like we have a daily routine/schedule down! Just in time for Liam to arrive and change things up! :)

  3. I fell off the wagon for months, so I will totally forgive you for what? two weeks? ;-) There were days when I was home with HQ and G that I was lucky to get a shower and manage to shave both legs at the same time before the end of the day.

  4. Well I won't complain much, since I am the same, but also since you keep posting super cute pics on IG of that sweet girl!

  5. You are posting more regularly than I am, and I don't even have an infant to blame it on! Keep up the amazing work! I look forward to your blog posts! You're awesome.


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