This whole new "schedule" of ours. (I have "schedule" in quotations because it still has a few wrinkles that need to be ironed out.)
I've already complained about how early Adeline's school starts. So I'll spare you from that gripe again.
The first 3 weeks were really tough. Remember - I'm a stay-at-home mom and Addie never went to preschool, so this whole "gettin' up and going somewhere early" thing is all new to us. Except for Sundays, of course. But then I have Chad's help, and church starts much later, so that's easier.
One of the biggest hiccups was Tate's napping schedule. Trying to fit both of his naps in before picking up Addie (yes, he still needs two naps a day or he's impossible to deal with!) and lining up his afternoon nap with Millie's, while still needing to get groceries and run errands and whatnot, was... hmmm.... how should I put it...... a suicidal mission! That may sound extreme, but I was running on fumes and tears trying to figure it all out while still keeping a happy, not screaming constantly, Tate. Plus, throw in the fact that this is football season and my husband is the head coach for the 8th grade team and isn't home until close to 7:00 Mon-Fri and even later on game-days, and I was a mess!
(It does help that they're so cute, though.)
But now, finally, after 4 weeks of school, I think I'm getting it all sorted out. Here's how we do it (I'm sure you could care less, but writing it out helps to solidify it in my mind):
6:30 - Wake up Tate and get him all ready so he'll go down early for his morning nap.
6:45 - Wake up the girls and start getting them ready. Well, Addie can do it herself, but Millie still needs help with the little things.
7:05ish - Breakfast.
7:20 - Leave for school (if we're walking), 7:30 if we're driving.
8:00 - Tate's morning nap.
10:00 - Run errands.
11:30 - Lunch.
12:00 - Millie's and Tate's naps.
2:30 - Leave to pick up Addie.
5:00 - Dinner (yes, we have to eat without Chad b/c the kids would starve or fill up on snacks if they waited 'til he got home!)
7:00 - Bedtime.
Why such an early bedtime? Well, one thing I wasn't warned about before Addie started school was how her full schedule would affect her at home. After her first week at school, we were sitting down to dinner and she was acting kinda "attitude-y" which is totally unlike her. I asked her why she was behaving that way and her reply had me fighting a huge grin:
"Mom, I had three recesses today and P.E. and I am just wiped out! Plus, I had to be good all day at school!"
Hence the early bedtime. And trust me, by 7:00, she's more than ready for sleep! And I've learned that when she gets home from school, she needs to conk out on the couch for awhile with a snack so she can just unwind before going out to play. That has really helped out the dinnertime 'tude. :)
So, have any of you had schedule woes too? Do you have any great tricks or ideas to help us all out?
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