Every morning is basically the same. I wake up with my husband in order to get his lunch packed for his day at work, and usually, one or both of our littles are awake at the same time or shortly after, so I feed them, and try to comfort them if they are grouchy. (both happen to not enjoy waking up)
After the occasional melt-down because our oldest has changed his mind about what he wants to eat ten times, we settle, chow down, (my coffee is now cold and I’m re-heating it for the first time today) and have what little family time we can before daddy goes to work.
Then it’s off to the potty for Parker, he’s almost 3 and WILL NOT potty train! He poops in the potty, but pees his diaper, but I know if we didn’t insist on him sitting on the toilet it would all end up in his diaper. He just doesn’t care to be messy! We keep a few books on the back of the toilet for Parker, his favorite is a cardboard book of the United States, and he usually insists I sing the “50 Nifty United States” song along as he flips the pages. Avaley is probably crawling around the bathroom floor, playing with bath toys, or curled up in my lap being clingy. Parker says “bye-bye poop” and we get dressed for the day.
Depending on if I’m feeding Ava bottle or not, we curl up and put educational cartoons on. Parker and I both like Wild Kratts and their creature powers.
Parker loves his school books, so I have a stock pile of pages I’ve copied and he will sit for quite a while working on his tracing, his letters, coloring, and his scissor technique. It’s very rewarding seeing him enjoy learning, and though at times my hands are full with his baby sister, I still make sure to help when he asks because we’ve been making “school” work fun for him for a couple years, and I would hate to discourage that.
During this time I will try to throw a load of laundry in and take food out of the freezer for that nights dinner. If Parker and Ava are not playing together, I am carrying Ava with me around the house.
By 9:30 or 10:00 am we are all hungry again so I make eggs. We all love eggs for our second breakfast. (I also re-heat my coffee again at this time.)
By 11:00 I am praying the kids will both take a nap together, however, most days, that is not the case. Ava will sometimes take a morning nap so her afternoon nap is thrown off. I don’t attempt to snuggle them both until Parker shows me he’s getting sleepy. He gets irritable, and starts getting wobbly. Then, the real give away to when he’s ready for a nap is when he yells at me “I’m not sleepy!”
Here at my father-in-laws house we can all fit in the recliner, so on one side I have Parker, squished right next to me, and on my lap on the other side I have Ava. We cover up, read a couple books, then I put a t.v. show on that I hope won’t keep Parker too interested. When they fall asleep and my butt is numb, I somehow make my way up and out of the chair, and only sometimes successfully keep them both asleep. IF they both stay asleep, I get a little time for myself. To study, finish chores, or get a shower in.
We have found that if we allow Parker to nap much later than 2:00 pm he will be a hassle at bed time. So when 2:00 comes around, I wake him if he hasn’t woke up himself. We have a snack, and depending on the weather, go to the beach, or the park, or for a walk in Bob. I love our double stroller! On the days when the kids can’t be tamed, we go for a walk, and magically, everyone is happy again. Fresh air is my savior!
Depending on what day it is and how late Javin works, I start dinner and let the kids play/destroy the kitchen just so I can cook. Parker will drive cars up my legs with loud “vroooms!” and again, Ava probably found her way into my arms.
When I hear the dogs race to the door it means Daddy is home and Mommy can pour a glass of organic cabernet, if I haven’t already.
After dinner time, it’s daddy time. Then we get the kiddos into the bathroom, on the potty again for Mr. Parker, and into the bath. The two of them play so well together in the bath, so the majority of pictures and videos on my phone are taken at this time. Ava usually tries to crawl out of the bath way before Parker is done, so we lotion, and put jammies on and after 15 time warnings, Parker still doesn’t want to put his toys up, even after we have drained all his water. This usually encourages a struggle between Mean Mommy and Persistent Parker.
My favorite time of the day…snuggle and bed time. Javin is the best daddy in the world and reads and prays with Parker almost nightly while I get Ava down. We co-sleep, so usually Javin and I go to bed the same time as the kids do…hopefully by 9:00 pm. We would have been doing things a little different if we had been in our own house, but right now, all four of us share a bedroom, and while Ava was nursing, this was the easiest routine. And it stuck.
Avaley still wakes up once usually in the middle of the night, sometimes after a couple somersaults, head bangs, and karate kicks she falls back asleep. Other times we get up to make her a bottle to comfort her.
Come 6:00 am we do it all over again.
To sum it up:
6:00 am-wake up/eat breakfast/prepare for the day
7:00 am-potty time
10:00 am-second breakfast
12:00 pm-nap time
2:00 pm-wake-up from nap/play outside/get energy out
5:00 pm-dinner time
7:00 pm-daddy time
8:00 pm-bath time
Each day does vary a little. Sometimes we walk in the morning. And in the summertime, we spent a lot more time outside.
It’s been a challenging year because we haven’t been living in our own house. Normally I would not stress too much about a messy home because it’s nearly impossible to keep every thing 100% tidy when you have a baby and a toddler…but living with my husband’s dad has added the extra stress to keep things a bit more tidy than I would worry about out of respect for him. Dishes…that is a chore in it’s own EVERY. SINGLE. DAY! I cook healthy meals, which makes a dirty kitchen, and this house doesn’t have a dishwasher. Luckily, I have a little helper that just loves playing in the bubbles which can either make things much easier or it can give me much more work to do.
Also, a time-saver: each week I try to only run errands a couple times because loading the kids up (especially in the winter weather) is a job in it’s own.
So, for all those stay-at-home mamas out there…what is your schedule like? Do you have any tricks and cheats you’d like to share?!