Am I The Only Mom That Doesn’t Have Super Powers?
Today I dropped my oldest daughter off at preschool, did a mommy and me class and then headed over to a playdate and then jetted to the grocery store, then ran back to my house to drop the baby off to start working all before noon. Truth be told, I desperately wanted to curl up and take a nap! (but SHHHHH don’t tell anyone as I know moms aren’t supposed to admit when they are tired especially around moms that have more kids than me!)
There are often times in the ‘bus-iness’ of motherhood, I take inventory if I am doing things that best that I can to create a great childhood for my girls. Here’s the truth – with just one child I could have morning playdates, afternoon playdates, coffee dates, lunch dates, you name it I was there. Now with two kids I am finding life to be very different!
My baby usually goes down for her afternoon nap at 1:00pm and I work as hard and as fast as a mompreneur can! Then I cringe as I walk into her room to wake her up so we can do school pick up. Her sweet little face looks up at me saying “Why the heck are you lifting me out of my comfy crib where I just want to get a solid nap?”
After we come home, I spend some time just letting my oldest relax and unwind. We just hang out reading books, playing together or enjoying outside. Around 4:45 pm, I wonder why the heck I didn’t schedule an afternoon playdate, as I am digging into my energy reserves to keep playing! My baby is at that stage where she is crawling, grabbing, chewing at EVERYTHING, so there is no sitting down ever! Then I feed the baby and start cooking dinner.
I have this safe kitchen stool that thankfully a friend introduced me to, where my toddler can stand and help me make dinner. At the same time I pray and cross my fingers that my baby will happily play in her jumper so I can cook.
I feed my toddler and then it’s off to do bath time. My stomach is growling like crazy, but I know I need to keep moving the bedtime routine along and I yearn to eat a meal with my husband, so I wait to eat. We play in my older daughter’s room enjoying some special bonding time over books.
When hubby comes home, he plays with the girls, I set him up with dinner, then I feed the baby her final bottle, put her down to sleep then read books to my toddler to get her to sleep. Then I clean up the kitchen, now having lost my taste for food, as I would just rather get everything cleaned up for the night and go to bed!
Then hubby and I spend some time together reading, watching Million Dollar Listing or working out. Then around 10 pm I work for another couple hours, wash and prep bottles, make my toddler’s lunch for the next day and around midnight head off to sleep.
We all have different household schedules depending on whether you are married, what your household work schedules are, what your children’s activity schedules include etc..so I always laugh when I hear moms say a child has to be in bed by 6:30! Ha! My kids would never see their dad! As I always say here at ihelpmoms.com it’s your baby your choice:)
Instead of judging other moms, here at ihelpmoms.com we foster a positive community and I want to learn what other moms do between the hours of 3:00 and 5:00 pm to create a fun environment for their kids, so COMMENT and share your ideas:)