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I Am Not Dead. Not Yet, Anyway

February 20, 2012

I haven’t had the time to blog. That’s actually putting it mildly. I haven’t had the time to do anything else other than keep house. This is because, my dear friends, I have done the “unthinkable.” I let go of our household helper. I won’t delve into the details of why I let her go. I’m sure we all have similar stories.

So for the past 3 weeks, it’s just been me keeping the household from splitting apart. When some of my friends heard about it, most of them said something like, “hang in there, and I hope you find a replacement soon.” The thing is, I’m not looking for a replacement. The truth is, I’m having the time of my life.

I’ve been spending most of my days slowly getting my routine in order. That has included putting the house in order as I Want My House To Be, and I’ve been organizing, organizing, ORGANIZING. I think I’ve got my routine down to pat. Well, almost.

It’s so liberating to be in control of my own household. And the biggest bonus of all is the huge savings from not having a household helper. That and the lack of drama I have to deal with everyday. That alone is worth it!

I haven’t had much time to do anything else while I’m putting order back into my home. With the little time I have to myself, I find all I can think about doing is papercraft. Can’t wait to share what I’ve done so far with you guys! I also can’t wait to share what I’ve learned about this whole experience.

I hope to blog more soon! I’ve got new stuff to share and Babywearing Meet 4 is in the early planning stages. Exciting stuff coming up! See you guys soon!

10 Comments leave one →
  1. February 20, 2012 11:48 am

    I can so relate with you on NOT having a helper. Our helper didn’t come back after her New Year holiday the first week of January. It was difficult in the beginning because I had anticipated her return after the agreed-upon one week holiday. But when she didn’t come back, it was still OK. In fact, we learned to make it work and make it great. We had lots of fun, just the three of us.

    We got an unexpected Valentine’s “gift” though: Our maid knocking on our door, with a medical certificate in hand. Turns out she had been sick and was too far away from any communication means. Well, she’s back with us–not that we had any reason to let her go in the first place. Still, that five weeks of not having her around was indeed fun, much like my first five months as a mom, when we had no helper.

    • Eliza permalink
      February 21, 2012 3:47 am

      Right?? Can’t wait to write my post for you. πŸ™‚

  2. February 20, 2012 3:40 pm

    hi eli! i’m sending you good vibes so you won’t be too stressed πŸ˜€ i am imagining B doing household chores with matching broom and bunot haha πŸ˜€ see you soon!

    • Eliza permalink
      February 21, 2012 3:47 am

      Thanks Nevs! And I’ll see you soon!! πŸ˜€

  3. Iza permalink
    February 20, 2012 7:26 pm

    Hi, Teacher Eli! I will always be at your “service” in Gymboree! I love Basti! πŸ™‚
    – Judith

    • Eliza permalink
      February 21, 2012 3:46 am

      Thanks teacher for watching Basti!!! I felt so bad when I realized I wouldn’t be able to teach. Thursday is Basti’s favorite day because it’s Gymboree day! Basti loves you too! πŸ˜€

  4. February 21, 2012 11:46 am

    go Eli! “It’s so liberating to be in control of my own household” <– totally agree with you! yeah, some family/friends find it hard to believe that we also don't have a yaya/helper "by choice" and not because we have "no choice"! and like you, i find it fun! albeit somewhat exhausting on most days haha. i can list so many reasons on why having a helper isn't really practical for our family — tiny 2br condo (kinda awkward to have a 3rd person just sort of being "there" with us, especially during intimate family times or couple times, or if your husband likes to lounge around in only his boxers…or a towel! O_o ), me choosing not to work (where will i get the extra money? and why will i work away from my baby just so the money will go to a helper we don't need?), tiny 2br condo (again, haha, coz not much for a helper to do around here that i can't do myself), plus like you said, possible added drama / stress that might come from having one. from the very beginning we chose not to have a yaya/helper, and so many have offered to help out in looking for one … hirap nga to insist na — REALLY, we like it this way! πŸ™‚

    with baby #2 coming in a few weeks, it'll be QUITE a challenge, but i believe we'll stick to our happy routine πŸ™‚ i blogged about being a newcomer in this whole SAHM experience when Raph was a newborn, so if you have any tips in running your own household hands-on, do blog about it!

    • Eliza permalink
      February 24, 2012 1:58 am

      Yes, a blogpost about maidless survival is in the works! πŸ˜€ Congrats on baby #2!!!!

  5. February 22, 2012 3:25 am

    Good to hear you’re having fun! You can really save a lot of money from being household help free. Especially if you will include the medical bills you are about to have the longer you keep one.

    • Eliza permalink
      February 24, 2012 1:59 am

      You are so right. It’s the perfect preventive cure for hypertension and other heart conditions.

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