Something had to change.
So I made a huge change: I stopped worrying about chores during the day. Now I just perform the bare minimum to keep the house safe and hygienic. I clean the highchair after every meal, but the dirty dishes spend all day in the sink. I might start a load of laundry, but nothing gets folded until after the baby goes to bed.
At the end of the day, after Pippa is asleep, I cue up a podcast and tackle the chores. I no longer feel like Cinderella! Instead, I enjoy this new evening ritual, and even find myself doing extra chores in order to finish a podcast. My to do list is dwindling; the house is tidier than usual; and I still have energy when Nathan gets home.
Best of all, playtime with Pippa feels more joyful than ever. I'm not fretting about dishes or dirty sinks. And when she is happily playing by herself, I sit back and read a book or do a little writing. My chores are no longer chores. They are an excuse to listen to a podcast!