I don’t have the energy to comment on my day, so I’ll just give you the “on the half hour” recap and let you interpret for yourself. Here it goes…
12:30am…I’ve slept two hours straight…could be a good night…
1:30am…uh oh…awake, achy, sore & feeling fluish…I know this drill…Mastitis
2:30am…still awake, still feeling icky & now feeding a hungry H
3:30am…too uncomfortable to sleep… decide if I’m up, I should be productive so I start doing the dinner dishes I had abandoned on the kitchen counter
4:30am…a break from dishes to change T’s diaper after a middle of the night poop and a half hour to get him back to sleep
5:30am…I fall asleep
6:30am…husband , H and I all awakened by E coming into the room; time to get the day started; hey, at least the kitchen is clean
7:30am…E is dressed, fed, her lunch has been packed, her coat and backpack are ready and she is headed out the door with dad who will drop her at school; I need to get the rest of the kids and myself ready because we leave in 20 minutes for my 8am dentist appt.
8:30am…I am at the dentist office, midway through my appointment. Our babysitter is in the next room/lobby with three of the kids since that was the only way our timing/sitter logistics could work out today. I am concerned she may begin screening my calls, since I can hear H screaming while she tries to help T change pants (because, of course, this was the day he wanted to wear big boy underpants for the first time ever…grand scheme-this is a good thing – HOORAY, T!!! – but my poor saint-of-a-sitter…I lugged a portable potty around all day, by the way…), while S is announcing over the din that the water won’t stop coming out of the water cooler and is that why T filled 4 cups of water without drinking any??? because she didn’t think we were allowed to do that… I eventually left the chair and went to the lobby to help. Dental bibs make pretty good nursing wraps, by the way…
9:30am…ignoring my cell phone ring as I drop S off to preschool half-an-hour late, then checking this voicemail in the parking lot, “Mrs. S? This is X from the dentist office. I believe you might have left a small toilet in our lobby. Would you mind coming back to pick that up? I’m so sorry we didn’t notice it before you pulled out of the parking lot.”
10:30am…at our weekly Wednesday playgroup,with our potty in tow. T is ecstatic because playgroup is at the library’s storytime session, the book theme for the day is “dinosaurs” and – coincidentally – he has a dinosaur on his shirt. (He did have dinosaurs on his pants too, but we left that pair at the dentist office)
11:30am…at the doctors, where I am officially diagnosed with Mastitis
(by the way, has anyone reading this post noticed that it’s only 11:30am at this point?!?! I just had to highlight that for a second…I’ll get back on track now…)
12:30pm…at the pharmacy, picking up meds, which I realize I can’t take yet because I just had lunch they must be taken 2-3 hours after eating. whoops.
1:30pm…arriving home after picking up S from preschool and realizing that I haven’t changed H’s diaper since we left the house at 7:45am this morning. As luck would have it, I was unable to locate any diapers this morning other than T’s, so 4 month old H was wearing a diaper designed for a 2 year old. Worked like a charm (though after almost 6 hours, I’m not sure which weighed more, H or the diaper he was wearing…)
2:30pm…helping everyone into coats in preparation for walking out to pick up E from the bus stop and finally getting to take my first dose of medicine, which will hopefully cure the Mastitis and all the flulike symptoms it has bestowed on me today…chills, aches, fatigue, the works!
3:30pm…snacks and stories with the kids after school…today’s picks: Little House on the Prairie (E), Dr. Seuss (S) and Mo Willems (T) for mom to read, and a Magic Treehouse book that E reads to us as part of her homework each day
4:30pm…laundry during the kids’ “quiet time”, because we’re on our 4th pair of big boy pants already…
5:30pm…baths for everyone, because I was too tired yesterday (and the day before)
6:30pm…made and served dinner for everyone (except me, since it’s time for more medicine, which means I can’t eat for an hour). Did I mention that I’m supposed to take these pills 4 times a day, always on an empty stomach, while nursing a newborn?!
7:30…big kids in bed, sort of…dinner for me…
8:30…E re-emerges; T starts hollering through his monitor that he needs a tissue, and H is ready for his dinner
9:30…blog post, then bed, because tomorrow there are 2 teacher conferences, a birthday party, choir practice, E’s weekly homework completion deadline, and Science night at her school…
Maybe they have a scientific sleep-study in need of participants!
Or maybe someone wants to research the societal reaction to the random scattering of small toilets throughout the community on a given day!
Either way, I’m in.