That is the easiest way to describe our life right now. It’s a rat race from the time I wake up until the time I go to bed at night. Life is C-R-A-Z-Y! I totally expected it, but that doesn’t make it any easier or less hectic.
Typically the day involves: waking up at 5:10 am to get myself ready for the day, pump, eat breakfast, feed Brooks, get him dressed, wake Hayden, get him dressed, gather the 50 bags I need to take out the door, get both boys strapped in the car and on the road by (ideally) 7:15. Thank God for Spark because otherwise I think I’d be exhausted before I even get to work.
I’ve tried different scenarios for the morning routine, but I feel bad waking the boys up any earlier than I have to and then it seems that I am frantically trying to get everything done in the last 15 minutes before we walk out the door. Which is never good considering some mornings Hayden would rather play tractors than get dressed and let’s be honest, most of the time I end up bribing him with a “treat” of some kind just to get him out the door! Some days are better than others and he’ll excitedly get ready but others it takes him awhile to wake up. Who can blame him? I feel the same way.
I bring my lunch to work so I can eat at my desk instead of taking an entire hour break, in hopes that I can leave at 4:30 instead of 5pm. A lot of days this works, a lot of days it doesn’t. It takes 25 minutes to get to Michele’s to pick the boys up, usually another 10-15 minutes of chatting about their days, and then we’re off for the 10 mile drive home. We usually get home between 5:30-6:00 and then the evening chaos begins.
In a perfect world I’d have something ready for supper in the crockpot or at least have an idea of what we’re having, but in reality, most nights I spend at least 10 minutes scratching my head wondering what in the world I can quickly put together. Right now I’m doing a 24 Day Challenge so I’ve planned most of my meals ahead of time, but with Robbie in the field and working late I try to have something ready for him when he gets home.
Usually this means we play, I feed Brooks, he takes a cat nap while I get Hayden’s supper, I try to eat while Hayden is eating, we clean up, head for the bath, get jammies on. This is a great time for me to have one-on-one time with Hayden. Then we wake Brooks up. Hayden will either “help” me with Brooks’ bath or I’ll put him to bed quickly before I give Brooks his bath.
I love this time of night because it’s a chance for me to have some one-on-one time with Brooks. He is always so talkative, smiley, and happy during this time and he just loves his bath. We play as long as he is happy and then it’s bath time, jammies, swaddle, nurse, and bed for Brooks.
Once I get him to bed I finish whatever I’ve started for Robbie for supper and try to pick up the house, do a load of laundry or fold one of the piles of clean laundry that have been waiting days for me. Sometime around there Robbie gets home, eats his supper and then we both crash.
Most days I look back and think, what in the world just happened?! Haha! But truly, I wouldn’t change a thing…except for maybe adding another hour in the day so I could fit a workout in. Our life may be a little bit crazy right now, but it’s a life full of love and I am so thankful for the ability to BE busy. I know just how fast they grow so I am soaking up every moment, busyness and all.