Monday, February 18, 2013

an evening 'round here

This post is mainly for me. I just want to document a typical evening (and beyond) around here, because someday I hope to look back on this time in our lives and remember it fondly.

445: leave work to get girls
505: on a good day with no dawdling by Emmy, we are leaving their school by this time
525: arrive at home. 1 out of every 15 days Nora might fall asleep on the way home, we have a monitor base that we keep in the car for those times. 
540: dinner is served. I'm the fastest chef this side of the Mississippi!
600: play time/ quick family walk/ clean up kitchen
615: bath time for both girls
635: Nora and I head to her room to rock/nurse while Emmy watches "Elf on the Shelf"
700: Nora asleep
715: Emmy goes potty and brushes teeth. This is followed by us reading a book to her, singing a song and saying prayers.
730: leave Emmy's room so she can have 5 minutes of "reading" books to herself. 
735-740: lights out for Emmy
740-830: listen to Emmy thrash/cry/do yoga in bed/remake her bed/ rearrange pillows/sing/make demands and cough. This usually requires a few trips into her room, threats if the spanking spoon and removal of privileges. 
900: I shower
930: pump, wash parts and all other baby things from the day, pack Nora's bottles for the next day. Then we feed the dogs. 
1000: to bed
(The next few items happened last week, and although the time of the events usually vary- the events themselves almost always happen)
1130: Nora wakes up and is wide eyed. I pull her into bed with me on the daybed in her room. 
1245: she's still awake and becoming very agitated.
100-115: I give in and feed her and she falls asleep
116: I go into our bedroom, pound on bed to wake the hubby and proclaim "we have GOT to fix Nora's sleep". Side note: we never had to "train" Emmy to sleep. She just did it on her own. Nora is giving us a run for our money. 
215: Nora wakes up crying. A few pats on he back and paci reinsertion later and she's asleep
400: coughing attack that wakes her, she needs help getting back to sleep. 
445: another coughing attack that wakes her and me, she needs help getting back to sleep. 
610: Emmy wakes. Goes peepee and then back to bed, where she stays until her clock turns green at 640. 

We get ready for work, do our morning stuff and sometime around 8am I settle in at my desk to, ya know, enjoy ALL that kid free time I get as a working outside the home mom. Because, as everyone knows, when I'm at the office I can just shut my door and not answer to anyone.  I have no one that needs me here and I can just rest ;)


  1. Not going to lie...this post gives me a little bit of "holy crap, can we really do this??"

    1.'ve got this! I hope someday we look back at our lives and think, "man, that was easy when we just had 2 kids".

      When we had Emmy I truly felt like life wasn't too difficult, and I didn't feel like the adjustment was THAT bad. Nora is just a needier baby. She's 11 months old and doesn't crawl, so if you leave a room and she is sad that you go- at this point in time you have to pick her up and lug her around with you.

      For us, the adjustment from 1 to 2 has been much harder than from 0 to 1...someday, I'll report to you how the adjustment is from 2 to 3.


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