I know just 24 hours ago, I said I would never do this again. But by 8:30 a.m., I found it amusing how different the day already was from yesterday so I decided to write everything down. Again. I might do this every day this week. Every day is so different. (Also, I might not do this again. I'll let the Spirit lead.)
Writing down my days has explained why I don't make my bed some days. When I get in bed at night, I often get annoyed at myself that I didn't take one minute to make the bed but when I look at this list, I realize why I didn't have that minute.
March 13, 2012
3:03 C wakes to eat. I didn't bring my phone to bed. So tired and keep nodding off in the rocking chair. When he finishes eating, I am wide awake and look for my phone. Hard time falling asleep.
7-something Joe brings C to our bed. He already changed his diaper and had been playing with C. Joe sets up the play mat in bed. When I start talking, C wants to eat. I feed him in bed. I carry C to the front room to grab a book and two muffins and read and eat in bed while C plays on mat, my hand rubbing his tummy.
8:01 I call Lifeway to check if "Not a Fan" has been restocked. The salesperson will call me back. I keep reading until I hear M walking to the bathroom. I pick up C and go to the kitchen.
8:30 M asks for muffins and water. I get her breakfast, move the play mat to living room floor and set C down to he can watch M eat. I carry sorted laundry down to the basement and start a rinse cycle for the diaper load. I charge my phone which is about to die. C has big spit-up so I change his outfit and dress myself. C spits up on me immediately so I change into last night's shirt. M asks for dry cereal. She updates our countdown to St. Patrick's Day board.
8:50 I tell M to stop eating and get dressed for school. I set C on the play mat again, wipe down the table, sweep the crumbs and brush my teeth. M puts on a red dress, jeans and pink cowGIRL boots. She brushes her teeth while I brush her hair and clip in her Big Sister hair bow. I put my People magazine in her school bag for Jenn. I strap C into his car seat and grab my clutch. M is excited to ride in Joe's car.
9:09 We drive to preschool which starts at 9:15. I carry C in and hold M's hand. Parents and kids are waiting in the hallway, wondering where the teacher is. I chat with another mom whose son is 2 weeks younger than C. M's teacher comes in and acts like she's late. When she opens the door, everyone learns leprechauns have trashed the classroom. M doesn't say bye in the chaos. I leave while kids are still squealing in excitement and then remember to go back and get the People magazine would of M's bag and give it to Jenn. Jenn and I make plans to hang out tomorrow.
9:23 I drive away and call pediatrician's office to reschedule C's appointment. We get home, I change C's diaper and lay him down awake. I start the wash cycle for diapers. I miss Joe's call when I'm in the basement.
9:35 I call Joe back and talk for awhile while he drives to Richmond. I check on C and he's asleep. I start bringing up boxes from the basement and turn on "The People's Court."
9:50 Joe's cousin calls with questions about the St. Patrick's Day parade. (I'm known as an expert on the matter.) We make plans to meet up then. I bring up more boxes and start sorting into piles of trash, keeps and Goodwill. I start a new load of laundry and it wakes C.
10:22 C takes awhile to calm down, not sure why. I give him his medicine and he gets upset again.
10:43 C is finally calm enough to eat. I watch TV and scroll through my Reader. I send a couple texts. Lifeway calls me back but I let it go to voicemail so C will keep eating. I send some more texts.
11:03 C is still eating. I know I'll have to leave the house messy, a major pet peeve. I forgot I'm supposed to avoid People.com because I didn't watch "The Bachelor" last night. Finale is ruined. Ben is dumb.
11:17 I make C stop eating and he spits up all over. I change his diaper, his outfit and my shirt. I stick a spoon in the fake Nutella and take a quick bite before heading out the door.
11:31 I park, carry C in and wait in the hallway. When she comes out, M bypasses me and takes the longest drink ever at the drinking fountain. I chat with other moms. M wants me to see the classroom and shows me leprechaun footprints to start on Ireland on the map and lead out the window. I chat with her teachers. On the ride home, M tells me about making leprechaun binoculars, stamps and a letter to the leprechauns. She asks what we're doing today. I tell her we'll go to the park and she asks for a picnic.
11:47 At home, I put C on the play mat and start cleaning up. M asks about everything that is out. I move along the laundry and make our lunches (big salad for me, mac and cheese for her) while M reads on the couch. I fill up our Tervis cups, pack the small diaper bag. I go outside to get the stroller from the car and realize Joe has my car. I bring up the double stroller from the basement. M is worried about spiders on the stroller. I carry the stroller down to the sidewalk because it's too hard to maneuver down the stairs with C in it. I change C's diaper. It's now pretty warm outside so I also change him into a cooler outfit. I set C in the bumbo. I change my clothes, put on flip-flops and pull my hair into a ponytail. I ask M to take off her jeans and try to go to the bathroom. I check my phone and reply to some texts. M asks to bring her purse. It has a book, camera, phone, wallet and glasses.I put away a few things in the dining room and living room to leave it straighten. Joe calls but I don't answer so we can leave the house. C fusses so I move him to the mat and start carrying things out to the stroller. C starts crying. I pick him up and M follows us out. I strap C in and M is excited to stand on the stroller.
12:40 We walk to the park. I call Joe back and leave a voicemail.
12:46 We arrive at the park, find a shady spot, unpack M's lunch and leave C in stroller since he's happy. I start eating and Joe calls me back. C fusses so I pick him up and he slams his forehead into my big earring and cries hard. I tell Joe I'll call him back and soothe C. He has a mark on his forehead. I call Joe back and now M wants to talk to him. C is tired so I try to lay him down but he cries. Now he won't calm down even though I'm bouncing him around. M hands me the phone and I tell Joe I can't talk. M eats her lunch and bounce C around until he falls asleep. I lay him on a blanket and wrap him up. I eat and M asks to eat in the stroller. She is adorable with her glasses on. She watches everything that's happening on the playground and sand area. I finish eating and start writing these notes. M spots a little dog and asks to pet her. We chat with the owner. M throws away the trash from her lunch and runs off to play. I keep writing. C's sleeping well. M runs to me about a small cut on her toe. No idea what happened. Blood equals band-aid at our house so M is excited that she'll get one when we get home.
1:43 C wakes up super happy. I keep writing and watching M. She runs over to me, " Gee, Mom. All the kids keep leaving and I'm, like, what the heck?" I tell her it's nap time and she'll need to leave soon. She runs back to the playground. I change C's diaper.
2:00 I tell M we'll leave in a few minutes. I pack up our stuff and strap C in the stroller. I tell M it's time to go and she goes around to each kid and tells them bye.
2:05 We start walking home. M asks what we're doing today.
2:11 M plays with chalk on our porch while I unload the stroller. I pick C up and tell M to come in for nap. She reminds me about her cut and gets a Hello Kitty band-aid. I washed her feet and put the band-aid on. We all sit on her bed, sing the doxology and pray together.
2:22 I put in a "Midsomer Murder" episode and feed C.
2:53 I lay C down for a nap, bring up the laundry and start folding. I decide what to make for dinner. Joe tries to call me over and over but my phone is screwed up these days and it won't let me answer. M cries out in her sleep. I check on her and she's stirring. i go in, rub her back and she falls back asleep. Joe and I start texting. I keep folding. He calls again and I can answer. He's on his way but didn't eat lunch and will pick something up now. I change my dinner plans since he won't eat dinner and I ate lunch pretty late. Will just make something for M.
4:00 C fusses and wakes. I turn on "Judge Judy" and charge my phone. C is happy on my lap. I love rubbing his bare legs.
4:07 M comes out of her room and asks for a muffin. I get one for her and set it on a napkin. She sits at the table and tells me her favorite TV show is "Judge Judy." (Her passive way of asking if she can watch it.) I turn off the TV. M asks if we can go back to the park. I tell her she can play in the backyard.
4:14 I put away the folded laundry while carrying C. I change his diaper and M tells me she can't wear shoes because of the band-aid. I move the play mat by the backdoor and lay C down. M goes outside to play. I put away the clean dishes, wipe down the table and sweep under M's chair.
4:33 I start washing dishes. M asks for chalk. I dry my hands and get out new chalk. C is happy on the mat. I finish washing the dishes, wipe down the counter tops, bring up another load of laundry and fold in the toy room by C.
5:03 C fusses so I put him in the sling and keep folding. M is writing all over the fence and steps. Joe comes home and M is so excited. I put away the laundry and Joe takes C. He makes him laugh by tickling him. I make a dinner plate for M and ask her to wash her hands. I sit on the couch and feed C.
5:31 C is done eating and I give him to Joe. I take a shower, get dressed and put on make-up. I tell M needs to be done eating and to wash her hands. I look in the diaper bag and throw in a few burp cloths.
5:50 Joe loads the kids in the car while I fill up my Katie cup and lock the door. We drive to our small group and pick up Joanna on the way because she's babysitting the kids tonight.
6:30 We have our small group and are starting a new study on "Not a Fan." Vicky made angel food cake and strawberries to celebrate the March birthday people. Very thoughtful because it's dairy-free and it's so so good.
8:55 We load up the kids and start driving home. I am starving. We drop off Joanna and I send a text to Jon and Janna. We have their keys since I drove them to the airport last week. We drop off the keys and drive home. Tell M to get ready for bed. I eat a couple pieces of salami and pretzels before I pick up C. I feed C on the couch and Joe puts M to bed. C doesn't eat very well. He just wants to smile at me. Cute but I'm about to pass out from hunger pains.
10:00 Finally stop trying to get him to eat and hand him to Joe. I make a big salad again.
10:14 Jaime calls me. Joe changes his diaper, puts him in PJs but when he tries to lay C down but he cries. I try to feed him again. He's still upset so Joe takes him and calms him down.
10:30 I eat my salad and go through my Reader. Joe comes out of C's room and we watch "New Girl" together. I eat the last of my dairy-free ice cream.
11:15 I pick up the living room and dining room, check on M, brush my teeth and go to bed. I fall asleep immediately.