09/19/2014 04:29 pm ET Updated Nov 19, 2014

Priorities... and a Newborn

Caitlin Fisch

How could these two cause any trouble!?

With a new baby and a recent cross country move, I've had to prioritize so I don't go completely insane (only partially). I like to think that I am doing pretty well in most arenas, but there are some things that just don't make the cut.

Here's what I consider important enough to devote at least a minor amount of attention to:

1. Healthy food. This aspect of our lives is usually a main focus for me, so even with all the upheaval, it isn't any different. Let me be clear that when I say healthy, I certainly don't mean gourmet. Tonight's dinner was quinoa, with quinoa and a side of any leftovers the other people in my family could find in the fridge.

2. Appropriate clothing. This means the 2-year-old has to wear pants OR underwear, and matching shoes when we leave the house. Anyone personally acquainted with a 2-year-old knows this is much more difficult than it sounds.

3. Personal hygiene. I shower ALMOST every day! Anyone acquainted with a newborn knows this is much more difficult than it sounds. Today's shower was particularly relaxing. First, I spent 45 minutes reading to the older kids, the baby fell asleep and I left everyone settled with the entirely pointless statement of "You will play nicely while I am in the shower." After reveling in the glory of solitude and hot water for about 30 seconds, I heard my 2-year-old say, "Poop, floor!" then the baby started screaming, then the 6-year old tried to help and brought her into the bathroom, basically being held like you might imagine a 6-year-old would carry an infant if they had no idea how, other than that her head needed to not touch the floor. Because I'm on my third kid and no one was bleeding, I finished rinsing the shampoo out of my hair and washed all the important parts before getting out to deal with the mess(es).

This is what I have been basically ignoring:

1. Personal time. Wait, that's not true. Two nights ago, I watched half an episode of Silicon Valley on my laptop with my husband sitting on a folding chair at the folding table in our kitchen. It was even more relaxing than my shower.

2. Laundry. I have managed to wash laundry several times since moving into our new apartment, which has the luxury of it's own washer dryer, a first for me. I have not been moved to spend any precious time folding that laundry, so we're just using the dryer as a sort of clothing storage area. We all just dig around in it looking for any clean clothes we may need.

3. Unpacking. I've gotten through one box about every other day. If I keep up the pace I've set so far, we'll be totally unpacked... never.