Tuesday, October 23, 2007

The Art of Cleaning

I don't think there is anything quite as depressing as cleaning the bathroom and the kitchen. If ungratifying was a word (and its not), that would be the best way to describe the two chores. It doesn't matter how much effort I put into it. It doesn't matter how many hours I spend cleaning (when I could be stitching instead). The kitchen and bathroom will remain clean for a grand total of 30 seconds before it gets messy again.

The bathroom isn't so bad. Its a smaller space and is easier to keep up with. I love that we don't have those awful sliding doors for the tub in this apartment. So cleaning the shower/tub is quick and mostly painless. The floor on the other hand is a constant work in progress (along with the floors in the rest of the place). My hair is still shedding. Its been chopped off (removed approximately 13 inches, maybe more), but it is still shedding. There is always hair everywhere. There is hair falling off while I'm cleaning off the hair that's already on the floor!!! It drives me absolutely nuts!

Is it just me? Surely this isn't normal. I'm hoping that there are kitchens and bathrooms out there that remain relatively clean during the day. And I'm talking about real kitchens and bathrooms here, not showrooms.

What are your kitchen/bathroom/overall cleaning secrets?

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In baby news, Ayame has decided that she is done with sleeping through the night. Ugh. This started on the 13th. She got spooked Friday night and didn't sleep until midnight. The next day I had to wake her up early because we were going to Gloucester to meet up with MIL, Grandpa, Grandma and Aunt M. She was grumpy all day, grumpy all night and hasn't slept through the night since. She still takes her regular naps, but now just wakes up in the middle of the night. Last night was probably the craziest one yet. She went to bed around 10 (usual time), but woke up several times. She woke up around 2 and was up until 3:30. Then woke up again around 4:15. This usually isn't bad. I'll change her diaper and feed her and she's happy. Well last night, she was so ridiculously happy that she had to tell her friends, the stuffed fox, the stuffed elephant, the stuffed butterflies and the rattle all about it. Baby just talked and talked. First it was cute, then it got louder and louder and louder and she was waking up T who had to go to work in the morning. So I took her outside and laid her in the bassinet which we kept in the living room. I slept on the couch. I think she finally slept around 5:30. I thought that was it and she was going to sleep until 9:30. WRONG. Woke up again at 7:30, back to sleep then up again at 9:30. She's taking a nap now. I hope she sleeps at least 3 hours. Babies need sleep and mommy needs quiet time!


Baby ready for Halloween!

6 comments:

Jenn L said...

The hair thing is probably either stress or hormone related. I remember my hair looked the best it ever did when I was pregnant (and I've never really liked my hair, so that's saying a lot!) And it fell out in chunks while I was on DepoProvera, which essentially puts you into pre-menopause.

Cleaning? Hah! I gave up on *clean* and settled for *I'm not stepping on stuff*, so long as I don't expect company. Of course I have a pair of bipeds and a trio of quadrupeds to chase after...

Erica said...

The hair thing is an ongoing battle in my house - and my youngest child is 8! No great tips for you on the cleaning front.....

As for Ayame - could she be teething or starting to? I remember with my boys whenever we had a habit change (like not sleeping through the night all of a sudden) it usually meant something big was happening like teeth! Hope she starts sleeping better soon!

sugardoll said...

I know about the hair shedding!!! My hair that the vacuum picks up always breaks the vacuum!!! It gets caught around the brush and it makes it so that the brush can't turn right anymore and then it would start to smell like something is burning. LOL

Ayame's costume is very cute. She is adorable. I agree with previous comment she could be teething, my son would scream in the middle of the night when his molars started coming out. Hope she is alright.

Von said...

I always lost a ton of hair after my babies were born. That'll straighten out. But as for keeping the kitchen and bathroom clean - it's simply a constant battle. I do better when I just accept that and do my best to keep sinks cleaned, counters wiped, and floors swept. I do have older kids that help me, but with six kids at home the dishes especially get overwhelming.

tkdchick said...

I hate cleaning too! We all need cleaning ladies!

Bliss said...

Babies can't make themselves sleep. You've just got to learn that mommy quiet time is a thing of the past (usually a past before baby was born). Parenting is a full time job - & I mean FULL 24/7. Get dad to babysit for a couple of hours on the weekends.

Chances are that first time you get to sleep longer, you don't & whammo! you are pregnant again.