is the cleaning lady. I LOVE a clean house, and in my single days mine was always pretty immaculate. When we first got married, (and had never lived together beforehand), I soon discovered my hubby is pretty messy. Not anything gross- but he leaves his crap out. Constantly. I try not to let it bug me, but it usually does. However, I remind myself that he is loving and sweet and great husband and father, and then I am less annoyed. Until I trip over his f-ing shoes for the 200th time, and then I am pissed off again... Anyway, when it was just the two of us, I could keep the house clean (the way I like it- not just clean, but perfectly clean and organized) about 90% of the time. When our first baby was born, it went down to about 75%. Now that we have a toddler and a newborn, it is like 10%. My older son thinks it is his mission every day to destroy the house and leave toys everywhere.... therefore when he sleeps, I clean up, and when he gets up he re-does all the damage all over again. This means I rarely have time for the actual deep cleaning I want to do- vacuuming, dusting, etc.
When I was still preggers, I saw an advertisement for a local, pretty cheap cleaning lady. I was probably 8 months along, and couldn't exactly get down on my hands and knees to scrub the floor- well I probably could have, but getting back up would have been nearly impossible! Plus I didn't want to use the harsh cleaning products, so I asked my hubby if we could use her "just this once", and lucky for me, he agreed! I was ecstatic! I am one of those weirdos who actually likes to clean, but let me tell you, I enjoyed every second of watching someone else do it while I hung out with my son, reading a book and cuddling on the couch. Pure. Bliss.
As a new baby gift after our little one arrived in January, my awesome and amazing and wonderful Nana said she was going to send me flowers, but thought I would like it more if she sent my the cleaning lady back! Again, I was so thrilled!! Someone else cleaning the toilets and tubs and kitchen floor? Yes please!
Today she came again- this time as an early birthday gift. I just can't tell you how wonderful it is to have a perfectly clean and pristine house, and I didn't have to slave all day getting it to look that way. I could probably have done a better job- but who cares?!?? I have a toddler and a baby to look after- someone else can do the cleaning for once!! I do feel slightly guilty, but while she was working hard, I had a glass of wine and forgot all about that. Cheers!