Wow. Today I had a housekeeper come - one that was recommended by my friend Thea - and goodness, this lady did an amazing job. After that last funky housekeeper we had, it's a relief to have someone who knows what they are doing. She moved every piece of furniture so she could vacuum or mop underneath and just did a great job in general. The house is so clean and I didn't have to do anything! Totally worth it. We're starting with her every other week for now and we'll see how it goes.
I have also been really busy with all the sittercity applications I got for my part-time job posting as well. I couldn't believe how many applications started pouring in. I posted that I want help on Mondays, Wednesdays and Fridays from 10-1. I figure that will be a nice little break for me and not too many hours for Anna. I am looking forward to some time alone to run errands, exercise or just veg. Most of the applications I have received are from cute, younger ladies who are in school but my top two choices are both grandmothers. One is 61 and one is 67 and I'm meeting them both this week. I just like their vibe and I think that age group will be a good influence on Anna. Hopefully we'll be able to start next week.
I am still not sure if I'm going to put her in preschool at all. Getting into a morning program around here is challenging and I was pretty unhappy with her last two places. I think instead of doing preschool to get her ready for kindergarten, maybe I'll do some music or dance classes. I also want to amp up the play dates so maybe I can meet some additional play date friends in the aforementioned classes.
I am learning to get over the SAHM guilt thing. I don't have to do it all (every minute with Anna, all the housekeeping) if I don't want to. Going to girls' weekend really helped me because I was able to talk with another SAHM friend and she uses a nanny and housekeeper for things and doesn't trip about it. So I thought I should just loosen up. Plus, Uri still really wants another kid and babies are so hard for me - it would help if I learned how to delegate before that time if we decide to go ahead with it. So we'll see. I know we're fortunate to be in a place where I can have help even though I'm not working. That is a little hard for me to accept - I feel that the house and Anna are both my responsibility. But we have room in our budget so I'm going to spend the money and see how it goes.
Right now, I am just digging my very clean house.