While this is technically my third week back to work, today is the first Monday that I’ve had to drag all three kids out of the house. I drop the littles at my sister-in-law’s and take Brady to school. Mark leaves the house at 5:30 am so the mornings belong to me.
Woke up (I use the phrase ‘woke up’ very loosely. I had been up for at least an hour with Snorty McPig but I actually got out of bed) at 6:15 and left the house at 7:20. I had showered the night before but I did re-wet my hair and style. I don’t why I insist on “doing” my hair everyday because it is for sure in a ponytail by lunch time. If my afternoon patients ever came in the morning, they probably wouldn’t recognize me. If Mark saw me on my way out the door, I’m pretty sure he wouldn’t recognize me either.
Things I have to remember to take with me on a Monday:
Breakfast and lunch for me
Whatever snacks I bought for me for the week to keep at work
Shoes to change into when I get to work
My purse and cell phone (definitely the most forgotten items)
Pumping stuff (which is actually like four different things so I get credit for all four)
Snow stuff for Brady for when he plays outside at school
Brady’s backpack complete with cup of water/juice
Shoes for Brady to change into when he gets to school
Whatever food I bought for the kids to keep at sister-in-law’s
Milk for the wee one
Three kids (this is undoubtedly the most important and yet the one I’m most afraid I will actually forget)
I remembered everything! I hauled six or seven bags out to the car before I even brought the kids out. It seemed as though I was leaving for a week instead of just twelve hours.
I was ten minutes early dropping Brady off at school and thirty seconds early to work. I would have been 3 minutes early to work but I stopped at the post office to mail bills and then the window on the van stuck so I was out in the parking lot for a couple minutes before I gave up on it and left the window down.
My work mornings are hectic but as long as we stay on schedule, we usually manage to get out the door on time. We absolutely must be putting on boots and coats fifteen minutes before our departure time or I can forget it. Today we stayed on schedule and I was even able to bake some chicken breasts for lunches later in the week. Bam! I’m supermom.
One of my favorite parts of the day is when I have assured that all three kids are strapped in and I can breathe a little sigh of relief on our trip to drop them off. It’s my little break time between “home” work and “work” work. Everybody is quiet, they are strapped in so there is no way that they can beat each other or break anything. This is when I can just sit and actually talk to the kids and enjoy a can of pop. After dropping off the littles, Brady and I can usually have a nice conversation on the way to school. Today’s topic of conversation was about not climbing on the snow hill when Tia picks him up today. My favorite Brady quotes:
“Yeah, I better not. Tia would be WAY more mad than you were.” And
“Oh, I just love that snow hill. It’s like an adventure!”
Oh, how I dream of the summer when I can leave the kids in their jammies and just throw some sandals on them and walk out the door.