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SAHM: Slacker Style

Posted: August 10th, 2011 | Author: | Filed under: Parenting | Tags: A Day in the Life | 8 Comments »
To tired to move.

This can't be comfortable.

When I started staying home, way back in January, I thought my days would be filled with structured playtime and a perfectly clean house and three kids that are dressed after breakfast every day.  That is simply not the case.  So far this summer we’re lucky if we are all dressed by noon on 4 out of 5 days during the week.  Really, the only motivation I have to accomplish this task is leaving the house.  Or, as is the case this week: watching the tree across the street be cut down.  I simply will not sit on my porch in my pajamas at noon while watching men work.  The least I can do is get dressed.

This is a typical day.  It starts with me in complete denial that it is indeed time to get up.

6am: Yogi Dad gets up to get ready for work.  1-3 of the boys wake up.  Yogi Dad gets everyone their morning milk and brings me a hungry Judah to nurse in bed.  If I am lucky- everyone stays asleep.  I am never *that* lucky.

7am:  Yogi Dad leaves for work.  Me?  I stay in bed as long as possible.  This is achieved by bringing all of the boys into our room, closing the door and turning on PBS.  Of course I ignore them until something comes crashing down.  Then I am forced to get up and greet the day.  Diapers are changed, laundry is started, coffee is brewed if I have it.

8am:  Breakfast.  Some days I am ambitions and make pancakes or waffles.  Some days we have fruit and toast.  Some days, like today we have “mobile breakfast” bananas and muffins on the front porch (so we could watch the tree being cut down across the street).  Cereal is a hit or miss here because it’s messy.  I kind of hate a milky mess to start off the day.  If I am super drained, everyone gets dry cereal in a snack trap.  Snack time isn’t *that* far away.  I try to start dishes and kitchen clean-up during breakfast.

9am-11am: Play! Read! Jump! Nap!(Judah) Play! Snack! Which is really a big long whine fest in which no one wants to do anything but play crash and destroy the kitchen. If I did not turn off the TV before breakfast, we are also listeing/ watching PBS during this time because that would be the end of the world if I turned it off and I really don’t want to give them any more excuses for destructive behavior.  If it is super hot and humid we pile into the minivan and go to Starbucks.  During this time, everyone is free to take a nice long nap.

12pm: Lunch. Today we had hotdogs and cheese rolled into crescent rolls because I am running out of ideas and it was cool enough to run the oven without heating up the entire house.  Most days it’s just a bunch of “stuff” cubed up on a plate.  Fruit, cheese, meat, crackers, whatever I have that I know they will eat.

1pm: Nap!  Diapers changed and EVERYONE goes down for a nap (if they fall asleep) or quiet time (if they don’t).  We’ve had a pretty good stretch of hit or miss napping with the boys since they moved to toddler beds.  I’m trying to get them into their beds at the same time each day and awake by 4 at the latest.

3pm: Snack.  If they are up.  Usually a granola bar, sometimes trail mix or fruit snacks.  Fruit and veggies are usually tossed to the floor so I reserve those for meals when they are in their high chairs so I can keep offering.  Pretzels and hummus are a treat (and mess) reserved for when Grandma comes.  If it’s nice and I’m feeling not particularly lazy, we head outside to play in the backyard.

5pm:  Dinner.  It’s usually a bit chaotic (because I usually haven’t thought about what to feed 5 people until abou4pm) around this time and it goes much too quickly.  Plates seem to start hitting the floor just as I am getting to sit down for the first time.  I’m lucky Yogi Dad is a fast eater.

6pm: Nightly wind-down.  Every other night is bath night, unless they are sandy and wet.  Otherwise we are trying to take a long family walk in the fresh air to get them calmed down and worn out.

6:30pm: Milk and Melatonin for the big boys.  Diaper changes all around.  Yogi Dad usually hangs with the boys in their room, singing songs and reading stories while I take Judah and nurse one more time before he goes to bed.  Stories, songs, rocking….all that jazz.

7pm:  If we are lucky, everyone is asleep.  That is the goal.  Most nights, this is not the case.  1-3 boys are usually up in some state of whine.  At this point, one of us is back in their room, singing songs, rubbing backs and hoping everyone just gives up and goes to sleep already.  I never feel like such a failure as a parent as when I am trying to think of songs to sing.  My current list? The ABC’s, Old McDonald, Twinkle Twinkle, Slow Boat to China (How’d Bette Midler get in there?) repeat.

8pm: Dishes, laundry, diaper folding, toy pick-up etc.  Sometimes, depending on how exciting (read:horrible) the night was, there is beer drinking.

Once all boys are quietly sleeping and the basic pick-up is done, it’s every man for himself.  Yogi Dad does Yoga.  I blog or do bloggy stuff.

1am:  I finally go to bed.  Usually cursing myself for staying up so damn late.  Again.  Which is why I am clinging to my bed at 7am begging for 10 more minutes of sleep.

What is your routine?  Do you stick to a daily routine or do you just let things happen as they come?  What are the chances I’ll survive the coming school year (school starts at 8:05!).

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8 Comments on “SAHM: Slacker Style”

  1. 1 Tina said at 7:25 pm on August 10th, 2011:

    Sounds like a lot of things you do are in my routine. I also curse myself for staying up so late, but the kids usually have a really hard time staying in bed, and the one loves to wake the baby up. We have a ton of appointments; to the point that I feel my head spinning. so bad that I ALWAYS keep excedrin with me. Oh and I leave a 12 pack of soda in the van because I always seem to forget my drink to keep me from falling asleep driving down the road! Huggs to you and yes you will survive getting the boys to school. matter in fact I always keep in mind that they are going to school so I need to get my butt out of bed and get them there so that I can have time to do what I need to do and not feel guilty in the process. Keep your chin up!!! you are doing wonderful :O)

  2. 2 erinclot said at 11:31 pm on August 10th, 2011:

    I think late nights are the curse of every blogging mom. When else are you supposed to get anything done? Thankfully the internet is open 24 hours a day. I\’m lucky that so far I haven\’t had to be the driver for anything- that will change as soon as we get to the top of our wait list. Then it will be school, lunch, forced nap then a rush to get across town for late afternoon speech and OT. I am kind of dreading it.

  3. 3 ewoman88 said at 9:10 pm on August 10th, 2011:

    try "Hush Little Baby" just to mix it up now and again 🙂

    hugz and extra sleep from The Great White North

  4. 4 erinclot said at 11:29 pm on August 10th, 2011:

    Yogi Dad brings the laptop in there and goes through his playlist. Coldplay is well received most nights 😉

  5. 5 ewoman88 said at 7:44 am on August 19th, 2011:

    My Boo likes Matthew Good for the occasional bad night :)<p align=”left”>Elizabeth B <p align=”left”>-My Words are My ArtFrom: notifications@intensedebatemail.comTo: e_woman@hotmail.comSubject: erinclot replied to your comment on SAHM: Slacker Style

  6. 6 JFL2230 said at 12:01 am on August 11th, 2011:

    Thank you for writing this! I stumbled upon your blog while I was researching thrush at midnight (of course). I was dying laughing reading your daily “schedule” because it described my life (minus a kid). I have been home for the summer on ML with my now 3 month old and 2 year old boys. I had big plans for my summer as a SAHM and so far, it’s safe to say, I’m a HUGE slacker! I thought I would be teaching the toddler how to eat ALL foods, play nicely and listen to instructions. Instead I enrolled him in preschool 2 mornings a week and I get irritated when my husband can’t drop him off and I have to get it together by 8:30 am! 😉 Thanks for the laughs.

  7. 7 Salt in Suburbia said at 8:31 am on August 13th, 2011:

    Yes, those were the days! Sounds exactly like my day when I was home with my kids after my daughter was born. I had my 2-year old twin boys and baby girl all piled into bed with me in the morning. I’d nurse my daughter back to sleep, give the boys milk cups, turn on PBS and go back to sleep for awhile. That’s the thing with all those little ones… You can never catch a wink except with all of them piled in safely with you, eyes glued to the tv. It’s not like you can just tell them to go play for awhile (as they get out your kitchen knives or something).
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