I really like keeping it real, and in keeping with that theme, I thought I’d talk about other subjects. I tend to feel like I’m the only one going through stuff, or that I’m looney, and in fact sometimes reading someone else’s life and daily drone, somehow ends up helping me.
I have already posted what was the trigger that led to the end of nursing here. I just wanted to update you quickly on how things are going. First of all, Max has slept through the night, even sleeping till 8 am some days, basically since that post. Give or take a day. This is BLISS. I can’t believe how great it feels. I’m having actual dreams again, feeling less exhausted (most of the time) and happier. Regarding nursing, Max still asks. Not every day, but once in a while. I say it’s “all gone,” and he moves on. We snuggle, and it’s all good. Emotionally I’m better too. I really thought it was going to be harder, but it’s been nice. Chapter closed.
Onto a new subject…
Do you work?
Do you ever wonder what women who don’t work do?
I know I did. I was like “what the hell do they do all day?”
Well, I’m here to share what I do.
I work part time, 2 days a week, 10 hours each (at the actual office). These days, I’m up at 5, out the door by 5:40, gone till 5:15. The night before, I pack a lunch, set out my clothes, style my hair, and get my bag ready for work. Once I’m up, I am washing my face, brushing my teeth, getting dressed, making coffee, and running out the door. I like to sleep as long as possible.
On those evenings, I pick up the kids, and once I’m home, we play outside (if the weather is good) until 6 when Joe gets home. If it’s not good out, I make dinner and play with the kids. Then it’s a walk, or more play with the kids. At 7:45, the kids are offered a healthy snack, allowed 10-15 minutes of tv, and then they brush their teeth. While the older ones are watching tv, we read to Max, and he goes to sleep.
We have been blessed that with all 3 kids, we don’t need to rock them to sleep, lay with them, or anything extra. Max says good night to all, and then he’s put in his crib, given his blanket and nukie, and he goes to bed. This is the same for nap time. We then read to the older twp boys, and they have the option to look at books for about 10-15 more minutes. Then it’s lights out.
The only variation in this routine, is the addition of a bath/shower. Those are started at 7:15 to allow time for all 3 to go together, or to separate. We don’t bathe our kids nightly. Yes, I said that. Jack and Max have very dry skin (from their Momma, poor kids) So, we do bathing every other night, and maybe every third day in the summer, but only because of the pool.
We try not to have any events on the nights I work, but like I stated in other posts, we are keen on the kids having activities, so if that’s the case, so be it. Sometimes, Joe and I skip the kids meal, and we eat together later to allow more time to actually have a meaningful conversation without interruption.
Once the kids are down, on the nights I work, we kind of crash. We catch up on DVR, have conversations on what is going on the other days of the week, or just go to bed. Those days are non-stop, and I have great empathy for mom’s who work full time.
I think this is a great place to stop. I know that I’m supposed to be talking about what I do when I’m home, but I also think it’s important to note what goes on when I work too.
What’s your day of work and home like?