Sunday, January 22, 2017

A Day in the Life Winter 2017

So, it has been an entire year since I have completed one of these!  I am excited to go back and read what a day looked like a year ago.  Thanks to Julia from My Life in Transition for hosting.  So on to the stats:

Leann--37 years
Eric--38 years
Caleb--6 years 8 months
Kinley--3 years 10.5 months
Hazel--2 years 6 months (or two half if you ask her)
Zoey (cat)--15 years
Copper (bunny)-4 months (ish)

The date is January 21, 2017.  I chose a weekend day, basically only because it is a bit easier to record.  Also, should be noted that I took terrible notes, but oh well.

6:30 on the dot, Caleb came into our bedroom and woke me up.  Always me, even though I strategically placed my side of the bed farthest from the door.  To some this may be early, but for Caleb it is quite late.  I know he likely woke up much earlier, but has been cooperating (because he will lose T.V. time if not) with staying in his bed until 6:30.  Eric does get up with him this morning though and allows me to sleep in a bit.  Usually, I am not able to fall back asleep but today I am able to easily.  I sleep in until 7:30!  I wake up and get myself a cup of coffee and sit down to wake up a bit.   Kinley wakes up soon afterward.  Kinley and Hazel share a bedroom and luckily do not wake each other up in the mornings.  Eric successfully gets Kinley out of her bed and out of her room without waking Hazel.  She quickly changes out of her pullup into underwear.  I'd love for her to get the concept of staying dry at night, but I think the pullup is a crutch, but not one I am willing to give up.  She is on the top bunk and I despise changing her bedding regularly as it is...let alone if she were to be having overnight accidents.  The kids watch a little television until Hazel wakes up around 8:15.  Eric gets them all peanut butter toast for breakfast and we start to think about grocery shopping.  I make a mental list of what we need and then we start to get the kids ready to go.  This seems to always take forever! 

While they are getting ready and while we are making a list, the kids decorate cards for our friend's daughter who is having her 4th birthday party today.  They do a pretty good job of working on this project without our help.  Kinley is pleased with her work and says, "I'll show Kennedy my perfect card!".  No lack of self confidence with this one (and I hope it always remains).  After the kids are dressed, I quickly change my clothes and we head out to Target.  It has been a while since we have been shopping together as a family.  We luckily find a three seat cart, which is awful and necessary.

We finish up shopping and check out.  Caleb lets the cashier know that the bag he is trying to use has a rip.  The cashier finally finds it before switching out the bag.  That kid has a good eye.

We decide that we should go to lunch.  First we have to run home to drop the groceries off since it is above 40 degrees today.  Eric and I quickly head in to put everything away before leaving.  We get into a discussion about remodeling our house and selling our house...which we have differing opinions and we both end up frustrated.  I would love to sell, but would also love to have a new kitchen that is more functional and have our kids stay in the same district.  I also worry about being house poor and get stressed about selling especially when we have unfinished projects that need to be done.  Eric would love to sell and get a bigger house.  I agree, as I often feel that we are already squished...I don't know, it's stressful.  I just don't know.  Caleb also is in first grade and I'd hate for him to have to switch schools and I do like his school.  If we move I'd like it to be sooner than later....ugh.  Anyway, lots to think about and lots that makes me feel stressed.  Eric grew up as a military brat, so he moved all the time.  I did not.  These experiences obviously affect our opinions on the matter and we both end up feeling irritated. 

So, next we head to lunch.  We decide to go to Applebees because we have two free kid's meal coupons.  We end up having a nice lunch. 

Afterward we head home to wrap presents and get ready for the party.  We have to put jammies back on the kids because it is a PJ masks pajama party.  I listen to a podcast while getting ready, basically my favorite way to get ready these days. 

We head out of the door right around 1:25 and get there a little after 1:35.  We hang out at the party for a couple of hours and head home around 4:15.  The kids were sufficiently stuffed with fruit kabobs, cake, and ice cream.  Everyone had a fun time.  On the way home we stop at a grocery store because we forgot to take the frozen meat out of the freezer.  I decide to make tacos.  Eric runs into the store and about a minute later Kinley announces that she has to go to the bathroom very badly.  She says she cannot hold it, so I call Eric to make sure he hurries.  He comes out a few minutes later and brings her and Caleb, who has also decided he has to go to the bathroom, inside the store to go.  We are finally home around 4:45.  I start dinner and it is ready around 5:30.  The kids decided they wanted to make their own tacos, so we served dinner family style.  I am not sure why we don't usually do this, I guess it is just easier to dish the food out. 

 After dinner we let the kids play with the glow sticks they got at the party, and they have the best time.  They want to turn all the lights off, and are frustrated that Eric is doing dishes and needs a light.  They finally stop complaining and let him finish then we turn off all the lights and let them play.  They play some superhero type game until it is time to brush teeth and read bedtime stories.  Kinley insists on leaving her braid in so that her hair will be curly tomorrow. 

I take my makeup off, while drinking a glass of wine and get myself ready for bed.

We read stories and lay the kids down to bed right around 7:00.  They are exhausted and no one makes a peep.  Eric and I go downstairs and watch some television.  I end up watching Teen Mom, and Eric falls asleep.  I send him to bed around 8:00, and finish the show.  I end up heading to bed pretty early too!

And that's it, folks.  A quick and dirty day in the life.

Wednesday, January 27, 2016

A Day in the Life Winter 2016

I missed the last “Day in the Life” and am still pretty bummed about it.  For this one, I decided to do a work day and a solo parenting day (Eric was traveling for work).  Basically, I wanted a reminder about the craziness that life is with three kids, a full time job, and a husband with a job that frequently requires travel.  So here goes!
The day was January 15, 2016
The players are:
Eric:  37 years old
Leann:  36 years old
Caleb:  5 years 8 months
Kinley:  2 years 10 months
Hazel:  18 months
I did not sleep well, for several reasons.  One of which is the toddler that still shares my bed with me and insists on nursing constantly through the night.  I also kept thinking about work stuff and other mind wandering things that kept me awake, or at least stopped me from a deep sleep. 
I was awake at 5:00 for the day (15 minutes before my alarm).  Hazel starts to fuss as I get out of bed, and I immediately worry that she is going to wake up, which will greatly impact my ability to get ready and get out of the house on time!  However, she does not fully wake up, so I am in the clear.  I immediately call Eric to say “good morning”.  I wake him up, as is usual when he is away.  We chat for a few minutes, then I start my morning routine.  I immediately make myself a cup of coffee and drink it as I make my lunch, Caleb’s lunch for school, get the daycare bag ready to go, begin to thaw some Milk for Hazel’s, and get my work things together.  It is a lot of bags!  I also take out the recycling and set it by the door to take to the can when I leave.  I then prep my coffee mug for work with hot water.  

I get a text from Eric
Today is a non-shower day.  Don’t judge.  Mama does not have time for a daily shower, and especially when I am solo parenting.  I do my makeup.  At around 5:50 all but my hair is done.  I finish my first cup of coffee for the day.  I go to check the milk and realize that a bag has leaked…ugh.  So frustrating.  I then get another out and thaw it in water.

Caleb yells for Eric, forgetting that he is not at home.  I go get him and together we pick out his clothes for the day.  Nothing with buttons, pants that are tight enough, no zippers, etc…he is so picky about his clothes and is beginning to pass it onto his sister as well.  We head upstairs and he watches an episode on PBS while getting dressed.  I also give him a granola bar to eat.  On the days that Eric is not here, Caleb has to go to school early, so I always try to give him something to eat to tide him over.  He gets a bit hangry if he is hungry, like his mama.  I then get dressed, and forget things so end up going into my room twice without waking Hazel, miraculously.  I put Hazel’s milk into cups and get the daycare bag ready too.  I get the recycling to the can, and bring the cans to the curb.  I also start the car and bring all the bags out and put them in the car.

When I get inside I wake Kinley up, change her diaper, get her dressed, and do her hair.  I give Caleb and Kinley their toothbrushes and have them brush their teeth.  I finish my hair, though I am hating it.  I go into my room to find Hazel sitting on the bed.  I change her diaper, get her dressed, and comb her hair.  

While I am getting her dressed I ask the big kids to get their winter gear on.  Caleb immediately does, and Kinley whines and does not.  I quickly nurse Hazel and put drops in her eyes (pinkeye…gross).  Hazel and I head downstairs, where I put her boots, hat and jacket on and help Kinley with her stuff.  Caleb in the meantime is getting himself in the car.  He decided he wanted to wear different shoes, so he brings those with to the car.  I bring the girls out, forget my own shoes, and have to go back in. 
I drop the girls off at daycare first.  Kinley decides she wants to bring her blanket in, and then is very territorial about Hazel touching it.  Much complaining ensues, so I of course say “see you later” and head out.  While backing out of the driveway I bump their recycling can and knock it over.  I stop to pick up the mess I made, then head to bring Caleb to school.  I then realize that I forgot my phone at home.  Ugh.
I get Caleb to school and checked into the early care.  I quickly head out and head back home to get my phone.  Now, I am finally on my way to work at 7:16 am.  Sheesh.

I quickly run to pick up stuff I need to evaluate a kiddo at my office, text my co-worker to tell her I might be a couple of minutes late.  I get to the family’s house at 7:33 am, so only 3 minutes late.  Thank goodness for living close to work!  I am at that appointment until 8:45.  I head back toward my office, eat my breakfast (oatmeal), and drink my second cup of coffee.
I try to log onto my computer, and realize it is not working.  I try to send a fax, and that also is not working.  I call and text a co-worker about work issue and then score the test that I completed on the kid this morning.  I also go to the bathroom.  

At 10:04 a.m. I am waiting for a co-worker and am also due to pump.  Finally at 10:35 a.m. I pump.  Immediately afterward, I eat lunch.   I am done eating my lunch at 11:51 a.m. and head back to my computer to work, and realize the internet is still not working, which makes working impossible.  I then watch a you tube video on my phone, called “snow”.  It is a teacher singing to the tune of Adele’s “Hello”.  

I go to the preschool classroom to help with some kiddos.  I then pump again at 1:30 p.m.  I have a visit at 2:00 p.m. at a home, so I head out to go there at 1:50 p.m.  I am done at 3:00, and head home.  When I get there I quickly prep dinner, do the dishes, put all of my stuff away, find Caleb’s library book, feed the cat, go through the mail, and let the dog outside to go to the bathroom.

At 3:40 p.m. I head to Caleb’s school to pick him up.  It is at the end of our street, so it’s a nice little walk each day.  We walk home.  I ask him how his day was, and we chat a little bit about what he did that day.  We get to the house, he gets buckled up and then we head to daycare to pick up his sisters (a few blocks away).  Our provider had an appointment, so her husband is there with the kids.  Currently, there are four kids, all girls, and two are mine.  Kinley is still worried about her blanket, and Hazel touching it.  I get the girls dressed in their jackets and boots and buckled in the car to go home.  At home I get the kids out of the car as well as their backpacks and bags.  They take all their winter gear off, and hang them up on the hooks.  

I preheat the oven for dinner, wash my face, change my clothes, and get everyone’s hands washed.  I put drops in Hazel’s eyes and nurse her.  We quickly try to Facetime Eric.  Caleb is bothering Kinley by sitting too close to her, and she says to him, “Caleb I need you to stop!”.  Funny how I hear myself in this statement.  Caleb watches “Odd Squad” his favorite show, and also a fairly weird show in my opinion.  I nurse Hazel again.  I put the food in the oven and then Hazel asks to nurse again.  She now will say please (and will sign it on my chest when she wants milk).  She will also sign milk, and sometimes says it.  

5:00 p.m. I put dinner on the table.  The kids are not happy about it, as usual, though they all seem to complain more about the food than usual.  No one eats well, and Hazel is especially crabby.  She does not want to be put down and wants to nurse constantly.  This is not typically a problem, but when I am the solo parent I cannot be confined to a chair nursing her while my entire house is destroyed.  So, finally I resort to giving her Advil to see if that will help her.  I also give her some animal crackers, since I know she was hungry.  She eats those, and then we all sit on the carpet and have a little picnic of animal crackers. 

I get the kids in their pajamas and we brush teeth and read stories.  Finally bedtime comes!  

I realized that I was starving and try to eat a snack. 
Hazel refuses to sleep in her bed, so I hold her while she sleeps.  I watch Chicago PD while she snoozes.  I head to bed at 9:00 p.m.  Caleb and Kinley are snoozing and Hazel sleeps pretty well, only waking up twice. 
At 5:15 a.m. I am up again and showering….and then it all begins again.