I was talking to a single male friend the other day on Facebook. In the hour we were chatting I think I walked away from the computer 6,436,193 times. Seriously. Eventually he realized that I was being pretty slow in replying and he asked me what I was up to. So I told him. I had had to put Nick down for his nap, give Zoey a bottle. Get Alex a snack and lie him down on the couch to watch TV and have a rest. My laundry needed to be switched over or else I wouldn’t have any diapers when the kids got up. Nick woke up and needed a short cuddle. You know. Mom things.
He replied with a comment about how chaotic it all seemed. I replied with a comment about how routines save my life. He jokingly said he was sure the kids followed the routine I wanted them too. I thought about it. And I realized, my days are all pretty similar. They go something like this:
630 Am – Nick wakes up, gets a diaper change and some milk and him and I cuddle on the couch and watch TreeHouse.
700 Am – Zoey wakes up, gets a diaper change and a bottle and then plays on the floor
745 Am – Alex wakes up, gets a diapers and some milk and I make both the boys breakfast
800 Am – I throw diaper laundry in the wash
1030 Am – The boys have a snack, Zoey has a nap (I normally remember around now to run the next diaper cycle)
1130 Am – Nick has his nap, Zoey wakes up and eats
1200 Pm – Alex eats lunch and then lies down to have a rest ( I move the diapers into the dryer and start normal laundry)
130 Pm – Nick wakes up and eats lunch, Zoey has a nap
200 Pm – Zoey wakes up, has a bottle and we go outside (Or do something fun in the house when it’s yucky outside)
300 Pm – The boys have a snack
430 Pm – I start supper
530 Pm – We eat Supper
600 Pm – Bath and PJ time
630 Pm – Kids start getting cranky and hubs and I try everything to get them as close to 7 as possible before we take them upstairs to brush their teeth and get into bed.
There are some things that don’t always happen at specific times, but it is more or less around the times I posted. And there are some things that didn’t make my quick write up. (playing, diapers etc)
After the kids are in bed, I load the dishwasher, sweep and wash my floors, fold laundry and then have me time. Normally with a cup of coffee and Hubs watching TV.
During the day while the kids are playing quietly, I sneak onto the computer and read blog posts, stalk Facebook and write. But, not without constant interruption. (For example: I started this post at 830 am, it’s now 935!)
Do you keep your household running on a routine? And, do you clean while the kids are awake, or leave it until they are sleeping?
Love, hugs and more to come later!