Happy New Year everyone! I don’t know about you, but Pat and I partied long and hard last night. We watched not one but two episodes of Foyle’s War on Netflix. (By the way, Foyle could kick Sherlock‘s lily-white, smart ass blindfolded with one hand tied behind his back.) And, we ate some treats that are Perfect Health Diet compliant in the letter if not quite the spirit of the law.
So, I’ve been thinking a lot about the past year, how my life is now, and what I need to do to get things where I want to be. To start off, here is a look at the Dark Ages of my life: around late July or early August of last year. Girl 1 was 3.5. Girl 2 was about 6 months, not quite mobile yet, and grumpy as hell about it. One day I decided to journal my day to figure out just what it was I did all day. I find it kind of amusing in retrospect, and maybe you will too:
6:30: Nurse G2 in my bed; she tosses and turns for an hour
7:30: Pat takes G2 out
8:20: P brings G2 in, almost asleep. Nurse her. G2 now fully awake.
8:30: G1 awake. I shower. G2 cries. P goes to work
9:00: Dress, do hair, change G2’s diaper, wrangle G1 to the bathroom after she has leaked into her pants and run around bottomless. Make breakfast and coffee. G2 screams most of the time. Check Facebook.
10:10: Movie for G1. Hold G2 for 25 min while she falls asleep.
10:32: Movie over. Bribe G1 with juice to be quiet while I put G2 in her crib. G1 gets into a bag of clothes needing to be returned to the store. Leaves clean new shirt on dirty floor.
10:44: G2 awake! Put on a second movie for G1. Sit down with G2 to get her back to sleep. No luck.
11:00: G2 nurses, still in my lap. G1’s movie is over. She wants to touch G2 as G2 is nursing. Coax G1 to go downstairs while I still try to get G2 back to sleep. Hear G1 get into P’s office. (Someone left his door open!)
11:10: Give up on getting G2 to sleep. Put G2 down on playmat. G2 screams. Find G1 playing with hard drive and screwdriver in P’s office. Bring her upstairs.
11:20: G1 and G2 play together on playmate. Whew!
11:30: Pat home for lunch; Laura goes to chiropractor appointment. Pat takes over journaling.
G2 cranks and won’t sit in exersaucer. Carry G2 in one arm while putting spaghetti on. G2 grabs at dry spaghetti.
11:50: G1 is naked. Tell her to put on underpants. G2 pukes on my shirt.
11:55: G1 still naked. Tell her, again, to put on underpants.
12:00: G1 wearing underpants. Tell her to put on clothes. G2 starts cranking in my arms. Pasta boils over, creating puddle on the stove.
12:05: Still holding G2, cajole G1 into putting on a dress.
12:10: Pasta almost ready. Forgot to defrost meat sauce. Put G2 on play mat and ask G1 to snuggle with her. Catch G1 pushing G2’s face into the floor.
12:15: Pasta ready but meat sauce still defrosting in microwave.
12:20: Stir meat sauce and put back in microwave while G2 screams.
12:28: G1 wolfs down spaghetti. Strip G2 and put her in Bumbo seat. Feed G2 a bit of baby food pears. Takes 7 or 8 tries because of G2’s bobbing around in Bumbo. Use one hand to steady her head. Set my elbow into container of pears.
12:32: G1 takes herself to the bathroom while G2 keeps trying to grab spoon of pears. No idea whether G1 washed her hands.
12:45: L home. P still hasn’t eaten. L & P eat. G2 cranks. P eats while holding her. G1 throws toys down the stairs.
1:00: P leaves. L takes over journaling. Try to nurse G2. Change G2’s diaper. G1 is drawing in my note pad. Put G2 in exersaucer. G2 screams. Debate with G1 re merits of wiping off the breakfast (not lunch, breakfast) remaining on her face.
1:15: Both girls quiet. Start on kitchen. Sweep floor. G1 plants herself in middle of kitchen floor. Debate with G1 re merits of her moving.
1:22: G2 getting testy. G1 entertains her for a while.
1:37: G1 comes into kitchen. Opens refrigerator and demands cheese. G2 crying. Give G1 cheese.
1:46: Put G2 in crib. She falls asleep. Miracle! Sort mail while G1 eats her cheese.
1:50: Sweep floor (again!) which is now covered with cheese. Watch Winnie the Pooh with G1. Continue sorting a week’s worth of mail. Do back exercises. Read to G1.
3:00: G2 awake. Play with G1. Debate with G1 re: merits of her taking a nap. G2 is happy on the floor for a while but begins to fuss.
3:15: Try not to think about chocolate.
3:25: G1 in bed, not asleep. Nurse G2. Cajole G2 to sleep in crib. G1 talking in her bed.
3:53: Sit in bed with newspaper then try to nap. G1 asleep. G2 wakes twice; coax her back to sleep. Forget about my nap.
4:45: G1 still asleep. Spend time on computer; make meal plan; write grocery list; make dinner.
5:30: G2 wakes. Nurse her. Finish grocery list. Waste time on the internet. Eat dinner. Feed G2.
6:30: G1 awake. Feed G1 her dinner. Pat home! Begin countdown to bed time!
Well, things are a bit better nowadays, and I’ll write about that in my next post.