ok... not really.
It's more like I gave up my privacy for a CLEAN house.
It is day 8 with the new helper and things have been going pretty well so far.
If you had been reading for a while, you would know that I have been rather reluctant in getting full time help. I like the privacy that we have as a family.
For the last year, I had a part time helper who came in once a week to do some general cleaning for me. Like wash the toilets, wipe the kitchen and clean the shelves.
It was good but I still found that most of my week nights were still spent doing housechores. Which is ok, if I don't have to do homework with the kids or dash out of the house to head to the gym or pole classes.
Plus, with the husband being busy with work. It was hard to rely on him for babysitting.
So we bit the bullet and got full time help.
I think it's safe to say that we are still adapting to having someone live in the house with us.
But, thus far, the house is much cleaner. Things are better organized and, best of all, I have time to sit and do things with the kids that I hardly have time for because I was always doing other things around the house.
I appreciate the extra help that I get because I know that if I were still living in Australia, it would not be a viable option for me. I would probably still be a headless chook relying on a nanny and rushing home from work to take over her duties.
We treat our helper as one of the family. She has her own room, eats what we eat and gets to bed at a decent hour. Like all relationships it starts out with the utmost trust and hopefully we can have a good one for time to come.
Seems like 2011 might be a lil kinder to me for some personal time. Here's hoping. =)