This was my day on Thursday:
5:00 am Hear Daniel over the monitor. Roll over and hope he goes back to sleep. He does.
6:00 Brian’s alarm goes off. He goes to the basement to work out.
6:30 Kalena’s sun comes on, signaling that she can get up for the day (aka, leave her room.) She goes to join Brian in his workout. Sometimes she comes in to talk to me first, but not today.
6:45 Daniel is talking again, more insistent this time. I get up, throw on some clothes, and brush my teeth.
6:55 Check on Will before going downstairs. He’s awake, so I get him out of his crib. He tells me about his “little brachiosaurus and big T-Rex.”
7:00 Make Daniel a bottle while the kids ask me a million questions about the day. They keep him company while I finish the bottle. Get Daniel, who is happy to see me as usual. Change him and feed him. Read while he eats. Remind the kids to share.
7:25 Make the kids breakfast– scrambled eggs with cheese. Make our breakfast while they eat– scrambled eggs with onion, green pepper, tomatoes, and cheese. Eat. The kids play after they scarf down two eggs each. Remind the kids to be nice.
7:55 Put away a load of clean kids clothes that’s been in my room for DAYS. Help Kalena finish getting dressed. Sigh at her choice of outfit.
8:10 Bring clothes down for Will and get him dressed. Do Kalena’s hair for preschool.
8:20 Make breakfast for Daniel– rice cereal with pears. Feed him while Brian gets Kalena’s snack, water, and backpack ready for preschool. (And does the breakfast dishes.)
8:35 Get Daniel changed and dressed. Brian takes Kalena to preschool and Will goes along for the ride. I play with Daniel.
9:00 It’s early, but Daniel is acting tired, so I lay him down for a nap. Brian and Will get home. Will plays while I read.
9:25 Will watches his favorite crocodile documentary. I finish the book I’m reading.
10:30 Brian leaves for school. I get Will ready, wake Daniel up and load both kids in the car. I’m volunteering at Kalena’s school today from 11-12. I’m the only mom who brings other kids when I volunteer. (They’re always good!)
12:15 Get home and fix Kalena and Will some leftovers for lunch. Fix myself some different leftovers. The kids eat a surprising amount of food in 10 minutes, then play and entertain Daniel while I eat. Remind the kids to share.
12:40 Put Kalena and Will down for naps. Change Daniel and feed him a bottle. Read while he eats.
1:05 Lay Daniel (who is asleep) down for an afternoon nap. Put the lunch dishes in the dishwasher. Figure I should do something productive. Eat M&Ms and start “An Abundance of Katherines” instead.
2:30 Brian gets home and we chat while he eats lunch.
2:50 Leave for a church related meeting.
3:50 Home again. The kids play while I read some more. Remind the kids to be nice.
4:45 Feed Daniel some dinner. More rice cereal with pears.
5:00 Take everyone to McDonald’s for our dinner because A) we have coupons for free happy meals, and B) we’ve been promising Kalena for WEEKS that we would go eat there so she could play on the toys.
6:05 Get home, get Daniel dressed for bed and feed him a bottle. Brian gets the other kids in pajamas and reads stories.
6:40 Put all the kids to bed. It’s early, but they’re tired and go without complaining.
7:10 Leave for Kalena’s preschool parent teacher conference. (Did you know they did these for preschool?)
7:50 Realize on my way home that we need formula. Stop at Target. Browse the entire store because I love Target. Talk to my mom and my sister on the phone while I’m there. Manage to make it out with only a couple extra things.
8:50 Get home, report on the parent teacher conference to Brian and finally relax!
(Then normally bed time would be about 10:30 but I stayed up way too late on Thursday. Also, I don’t always read that much, so if you substitute “check twitter/blog/play on my phone” that’s more usual.)