I thought I’d use a prompt this evening as my brain is worn out and is not up for any challenging thinking. I love following Ginger on Twitter (HI!!!) so I’m using her prompt linky for the week to stick to NaBloPoMo.
6:45-7:00 Wake up. This is very dependent on Baby. Overall, this is the usual time he starts to stir and the time frame in which Mac wakes to get ready for work. We usually have at least one morning a week that starts before 6, and one or two that starts before 6:30.
7:15ish. Drag myself out of bed to get ready for the day. I try to feed Baby around 7:15 to attempt set-up for nap time later. I shower in the morning, help get the kids out of bed, and try to keep my crazy 10 month old from walking into corners or furniture. I am second in line for the shower, so by the time I’m out I then have to get dressed and do my hair while baby wrangling. He’s learned to open dresser drawers and pull out all my clean clothes, which is time consuming to pick up.
7:40: Still getting ready. Trying to decide which nursing tank to wear for the day, and which top looks the least frumpy. Nursing tanks are a favorite from a utility stand point, but as a small chested lady, it’s not a very flattering choice to my figure. But frumpy top is better than nursing bra With shirt that I lift to show my midsection, so frumpy it is. Pick out clothes for the littles, get them dressed, and set Poppy up with breakfast. Do my hair. I towel dry, apply mousse, flat iron and shape my bangs, then finish with hair spray. Very not fussy. I’d do more with it, but it requires time. As a NOT morning person, this will most likely never happen. (On the off chance I showered the night before then I’ll take the time to flat iron if I’m in the mood.)
7:55 Breakfast and coffee prep time. If the pot doesn’t go on before 8, I get anxious I won’t have my caffeine fix ready before school drop off.
7:55-8:20 Numerous reminders to the kids to hurry along, brush their teeth, find coats, get shoes, NOT take 10 minutes in the bathroom for non-ten minute things, and repeat to infinity. Shove food into my mouth and some to baby. Try to pick a few dishes up or unload some from the dishwasher, or pick dirty socks up from the floor.
8:25 Throw everyone in the van and lament that we aren’t leaving early enough yet again.
8:25-9:00 School drop-off. We usually have V to school about 10 minutes after we leave the house. Her school is based on her mom’s address, because the school we are zoned for is not to her mom’s liking. Luckily in a city this small, we are still only 10 minutes or so away from where her mom lives and her school and friends. Drive a short distance (maaaaybe 90 seconds) and drop Poppy off at Pre-K by about 8:42. She goes to the district preschool as a peer model, so it’s a wing on another elementary school in the district. The only thing that blows is that I have to walk her into her classroom. So we wait through the first part of the drop line, then park, then walk. Her in and then come back out, which means getting a baby in and out too. Super excited for this when the temps start to get frosty and bitter.
9:00-11:10 This depends on the day. A few times a week I’ll fill the time with errands I need to accomplish. It’s amazing how, even with a 10 month old, it’s so much easier when it’s only one kid to manage rather than the two. Other days, it’s playing with baby for a bit, then trying to nurse and start nap by 9:30. This can take 15 minutes, or the whole damn time. If I can get him to sleep, then it’s household manager time. This week some of these tasks have included: schedule hair appointment, research chimney sweeps, put winter coats in hall closet and assess what I need to buy (new mittens and hats and a coat of some sort for Baby). Also the obligatory laundry, picking stray items off of EVERY. SINGLE. SURFACE. in the house, kitchen cleaning, etc. Honestly? I spend at least two days a week trapped under a sleeping baby. Not good for the state of affairs of the house.
11:10-11:50 Drive to school, unload, pick up poppy, load up, drive home.
11:50-1:00 Lunch, aka barely controlled chaos. Mac is super great about trying to come home a few days a week for lunch, but it’s usually as follows: answering a million why questions from an overly hungry preschooler while preparing lunch while Baby toddles around, trying to get into the trash can, pull out pots and pans, or opening drawers and then slamming them on his fingers. We don’t have a pantry and our main food storage consists of Lazy Susans (2 upper, 1 lower). He loves to pull cans and crap off the Lazy Susan and spread them all over our kitchen floor. Today, when I was looking for a stray sock, I found a can of tomato paste under our hutch. We’ve even out of tomato paste for a least a few months. I somehow manage to feed the three of us with some amalgam of consumables. Haphazardly clean up. We at least get our dishes off the table and by the sink, so better than nothing.
1:00 A bit of playtime. Poppy usually bosses me around, wanting me to play a game with her (Little People, Rapunzel, riding the bus to school) and getting mad when I don’t know the rules she’s made up in her head.
1:15 attempt Baby’s nap. Between a nursing session and his need to rock and get snuggly, at least 30 minutes. Sometimes, it takes almost an hour if he won’t transfer to the crib. Some days I have the patience to work with the rigmarole, other days I give up and bring him down. Poppy naps about 60% of the time, so I usually attempt to get her to lie down amid the chaos of an overly tired! clingy baby. Many times she ends ends up napping in our room, meaning any productivity that’s on my list most likely has to do with that room, and doesn’t get done. Putting the endless piles of laundry away, picking up our bathroom, etc. if the kids do go down, I do more house management stuff. Again, very dependent on the day, but some of the following are common: check email, try to respond to a few, clean out fridge, grocery list making, coupons, shopping the ads, dinner prep if needed. Sometimes I actually get to work on bigger projects, like cleaning out the cars, inventorying the deep freeze, etc.
3:10-4:10 Wake up kids if they’re sleeping, shoes and load, drive to Vee’s mom’s house, wait for bus to drop her off, come home. Too many times to count do I have to do a quick store run with all kids to pick something up for dinner since we Suck at meal planning.
4:10-5:25 Witching Hour. Hang with kids, nurse baby at some point, try to start dinner, remind kids of evenings schedule/plans (we fill up about 85% of our evenings with some sort of junk-board meetings, church meetings, clarinet lessons, kid activities, etc
5:25-6:45 Dinner prep, dinner, controlled chaos, some pick-up from dinner.
6:45-8:00 entertain the children, maybe a load of laundry! changing into comfy clothes, chasing Baby around as he tries of of of everywhere. Baths a few nights a week.
8:00:9:00 Bed time. With three children. Zone defense is rough, man. (Especially when one kid is difficult to get to bed)
9:00: maybe pick up a few more things from dinner, try to cross a few more things off the to-do list, time to watch a few shows and spend a bit of time with Mac.
10:30: Head to bed.
2 minutes after Mac’s head hits the pillow: HE SNORES EVERY NIGHT. It takes me a while to fall asleep under normal circumstances, so I have to try to zone him out.
11:15 hopefully asleep by this time.
Night: consistently at least two wake ups from Baby, each requiring nursing, so at least 20 minutes each time he’s up. Co-sleeping at least a portion of the night, which also means I’m ‘sleeping’ on a wee sliver, all cramped, while baby takes up room, wiggling around, and messing with my deep sleep.
6:45 Time to do it all over again!
There you have it!