“Mommy! Mommy! Mommy! Mommy! Mommy!”
“Mommy! Mommy! Mommy! Mommy!”
I roll over to look at the clock on the nightstand. 7:02 a.m. The repetition of my name, which I am about to change from “Mommy” to something only I know, is my wake up call. The day begins. It goes something like this…
7:03 a.m. Change the 20 month old’s diaper, move her into her high chair, put on cartoons. Start the pot of coffee. Make it strong. Get the 3 month old, put her on the sofa propped up on a boppy with the pacifier to hold her over. Get the 20 month old fed. Clean up spilled milk from the kitchen floor. Clean clumps of oatmeal out of 20 month old’s hair. Give her crayons to hold her over while nursing the 3 month old.
7:30 a.m. Nurse 3 month old. Yell at 20 month old not to color on the coffee table. Stop nursing 3 month old to put 20 month old in time out when she colors on the coffee table anyways. Run to crying 3 month old after time out begins to stop the crying, let 20 month old out of time out, resume nursing.
8:00 a.m. Both babies are fed and content, this should last a few minutes. Take this time to get coffee, use the restroom, brush teeth and groom for the day. Grooming should only include putting hair in pony tail and putting on a t-shirt and jeans. No time for getting fancy.
8:10 a.m. 3 month old is fussy. Rock her to sleep. Right when she begins to drift 20 month old should do something to keep her from sleeping, such as doing her animal sounds very loudly. “Yes, honey, that is a great cat meow and lion roar! But sister is going to sleep, so please do it quietly.”
Somehow the hours go by without even knowing where they went. Soon it is 11 am.
Lunch time. Then nap time for 20 month old. Then more nursing and rocking for the 3 month old.
After the 20 month old gets up from a nap, it is recreation time. Get both kids decently dressed for outside weather, strap them into a double stroller, go for a walk around the block. Cut it short when 3 month old gets fussy.
Hours continue to fly. 4 pm rolls around, time to think about dinner. Something easy. Dinners cannot take more than 30 minutes total to prep.
Feed dinner to 20 month old while eating and nursing 3 month old at the same time. After dinner put 3 month old in bouncer in the bathroom and run bath water for 20 month old. Bathe 20 month old, get her pj’s on, give her milk. Read both a story on the sofa. Put 20 month old to sleep. Nurse 3 month old again, put her to sleep.
Then…freedom. For a short time. Until the sleepiness sets in, and then…
What was I doing again? Oh yes, writing about my typical day.
It’s hard to remember what all has been done. It’s busy. It’s crazy. It’s stressful.
However, when my babies are sleeping…
I go tuck in the older one. She has a stuffed animal under her arm. She looks adorable.
I go look at the younger one in her crib. She looks so peaceful, so sweet.
I thank God.