1:27am Baby wakes up to nurse. I barely wake up, enough to get her latched and settled.
1:32 Drift back to sleep.
1:33 Switch sides, drift back to sleep.
4:32 Repeat above.
6:15 Alarm goes off. Roll out of bed like a sneaky ninja so baby doesn’t wake and start the morning breakfast routine.
7:04 Smoothies are made, hubby is out the door. Sip coffee and make a mental checklist of things to do today:
- Pay some bills.
- Respond to emails.
- Grocery run.
- Do a load of laundry.
- Return the library books.
- Talk to hubby about planning that kitchen project.
- Start dinner early so I’m not rushed.
7:08 Try to squeeze in a yoga workout before the kids are up.
7:16 Baby is up, ready to nurse, mid my first downward facing dog. I plan to get back to this workout later.
7:20 Older kid wakes up and the next two hours are a blur of serving food, letting the dog out, wiping bottoms, getting out crayons and paper, getting dressed, starting the dishwasher — all while sending and receiving texts from my mama tribe.
9:32 Oh yes, start the laundry. Reheat unfinished coffee.
9:40 Sit down to the computer. Pull up my tabs. Get distracted by social media. One of my besties just posted some family photos and I notice she has the cutest shoes. I’m now searching for blue ballet flats.
9:52 Oh ya, pay bills.
10:01 “Mama!!” Have to go settle a dispute over a lego. Realize I never ate breakfast. Grab some granola and grapes and head back to the computer. Kids follow me back to the desk and sort through the top drawer asking me how to use random office supplies.
10:18 Bills paid! Victory! Look down and realize I am still in pajamas. And baby wants to nurse. For the next hour we nurse, get dressed, play and snuggle while the older kid jumps on the bed around us. I realize if we’re going to get to the store before nap time, we better hurry.
11:29 Reheat coffee.
11:30 As we hurry to get to the car, older kid smacks into a corner and now has a giant goose egg on his head. Baby sympathy cries. Twenty minutes later, they are both calm, but hungry for lunch.
11:52 Pull out various contents from the fridge to make a “quick” hodge-podge lunch. Note that we are out of eggs. Feed and clean up kids and their chairs. Find baby has a dirty diaper. Change it. Start to load up but big kid needs to go potty. Grab the library books.
12:34 The grocery store run consists of one kid resisting getting in her carseat and the other insisting he can buckle his own seatbelt. Everyone has an opinion about what we put in the cart, there’s some excitement and some disappointment over the final choices. Both fall asleep on the way home, but wake up as I go through the library book drop-off line.
2:18 Baby is cranky from a too-short nap so she clings to my legs as I go in and out the door to get the groceries. I try to at least put away the cold stuff before I go lay her down for a better nap. I realize I forgot eggs.
2:36 Let the dog out again, then go nurse and lay the baby down. Try not to fall asleep myself.
3:12 Wake up to older kid calling from the other room that he needs a snack. Make his snack, put away the groceries and then sit down to return some emails.
3:26 Phone rings and it’s my mom. We haven’t talked in days so it turns into a 50 minute conversation while I try to also focus on email responses, and help older kid dig through buckets of lego parts searching for a very specific blue rectangle.
4:18 The phone conversation ends when the mailman knocks on the door and the dog goes ballistic. Baby wakes up crying.
4:32 Get baby calmed down. I remember my workout plan and change into sweats. I finish the workout with her crawling all over me.
4:53 I sit down with my littles to rest for a few minutes and read a book to them. One is interested, one tries to eat the pages. I look around and realize the place is kind of a wreck, so I try to make a game out of putting toys away. They don’t buy it. I find something sticky on the coffee table run to get spray and a rag to wipe it up. Come back to find baby has a blowout diaper. Rag and spray come in handy for cleaning up all the messes.
5:23 Ahh! Dinner! The next hour is mostly chopping, heating, grating, stirring and also trying to distract/entertain baby. Have to stop to nurse once. Thankfully older kid is helpful. Until she wants to hold his favorite action figure. Then he runs off to do his own thing. I’m on my own.
6:14 Hubby is home, he wrestles with the kiddos while I finish getting dinner in the oven and start the pile of dishes I just added to the sink.
6:38 Dinner is on the table, we all sit down together. We even start a conversation about the kitchen project, but are mostly busy encouraging kids to take good bites and not feed their dinner to the dog.
7:08 The hour and a half after dinner are a blur. The clean dishes in the dishwasher need to be unloaded before the dirty ones can be loaded. A friend sends pics of her baby trying solids for the first time so we text back and forth. Kids are running around getting out their last bits of energy. Hubby bounces from helping with dishes, playing with kids, taking measurements for the kitchen project.
8:36 We start the bedtime routine. PJs, teeth brushed, books (plus one more for him, one more for her), prayers, nursing and me laying in bed with them. I fall asleep waiting for them to fall asleep.
9:40 I groggily wake up, get in the shower, brush teeth, go put away toys one more time so they are not staring at me when I walk out in the morning. Take my vitamins, remember I should have taken them twice today and comb my hair. Looking back on the day, I feel pretty satisfied that somehow it all got done.
10:47 Climb in bed next to hubby who is reading from his phone. I grab a book and read for just a few minutes until my eyes get heavy. When my book falls out of my hand, I put it on the floor and turn off the lamp. Just as I get comfy I remember: I never put the clothes in the dryer. Ughh. Make a one last mental note to restart the washer in the morning.