I’ve been trying to get up and running for awhile, but feel overwhelmed with all the information I want to put together and share. Finally decided that I would just sit down and write a post, sharing about an average day in our crazy world.
6:30 am: Mom and Dad up, start the music playlist for the big kids to get ready for school
…this is just a YouTube playlist of the kids’ favorite upbeat songs, 4 songs to eat breakfast to, 3 songs to get dressed and make beds to, and 3 songs for hair, teeth, shoes, coats and backpacks. The kids know what songs mean what, and it saves my voice from nagging in the morning!!
7:10 am: Squirt and Boyo leave for the bus, littles will wake up soon.
…Time to make some eggs for breakfast. We always try to start the morning with protein; fortunately Squirt likes a scoop of protein powder on her cereal, so I don’t always have to make eggs before she leaves.
*Note: this is not an everyday morning, as the big kids usually do NOT make the bus, and someone needs to drive them to school at 7:50. Makes everything a little crazier with all 4 up at once, but 6:30 is awfully early…
8:00 am: Cleaning up from breakfast, time to start Booga’s therapy.
…This morning he wanted the vibrating massage instead of the brush, but giggled too much, so he just rubbed his feet on it while I gave him a regular massage. Then on to compressions (he calls them “pulls”), spinning until Mommy is more than dizzy, and crashing. This means every cushion on my couch gets thrown on the floor so he can jump off the couch and body slam into them, repeatedly. Oh well, who needs a nice couch, right?
8:30 am: Still working on cleaning up, catching up, checking messages, and feeding Scooter.
9:00 am: Time for Preschool with Booga.
…He likes to start with a busy bag, and unless I have something special planned, I usually let him pick through and choose one. Then we do “carpet” activities and some workbook pages. Somewhere in the middle Scooter will need a little rock for his morning nap.
11:30 am: School is done, Scooter is probably up again, and it’s time for lunch.
…If I’ve been a good planner, Booga’s lunch is packed in his lunchbag just like the big kids, and he thinks it’s a great adventure to sit and eat from his lunchbox. Today it is not, but he doesn’t notice. Mommy eats leftovers 🙂
The afternoon time is spent playing, watching tv, or going for a walk.
2:00 ish pm: Scooter goes down for his second nap, and Booga helps Mommy with some chores.
…Sort of. He’s really just running to the window waiting for the big kids to get home…
2:40 pm: Big kids get home and have downtime; playing or watching tv with a snack.
…I really like for them to get outside, weather permitting, and today looks good for that.
3:30 pm: Time for our second therapy session.
…We try to include the big kids in the this one, since Squirt really should be doing all of this, too, I just don’t always have time to do both of them. Today we are going to do puzzles in the hallway with the scooter board, then I will have him do the sit and spin for awhile. If I can, I may try and get him on the outside swing, but that depends on Scooter. REALLY wish we had an indoor swing for this!
4:00 pm: Try to get Booga to play quietly so the big kids can do their homework.
…This is the biggest stress for Squirt, and we still haven’t found a quiet space that still lets me help her and keep her on task, or any kind of motivation. Last night’s math homework went over 3 hours and I made her quit there. Hoping today will go better.
4:30 pm: Try to make dinner.
…Tonight is supposed to be Chicken Parmesan, but I don’t see enough chicken. Might have to get creative. Hopefully Scooter is sleeping again now, but probably not.
5:30 pm: Dinner time.
…Hopefully. This can be a stressful time of day, as Booga doesn’t eat anything that feels “stringy” like shredded chicken, or that will get his hands messy. It’s not that he doesn’t like it, he just CAN’T, and we have to adjust. It’s hard to make other people understand this, so eating out or with relatives can be tricky.
6:00 pm: Start the bedtime routine.
…If we do it right, this means starting with playdo or clay at the table, a big, warm bath for each of them, a massage with lotion for Squirt and Booga, at least lotion for Boyo, depending on his mood, and books in a darkened room. All told, this routine could take us 2 hours, but we aim to have them all in bed by 7:30. This is why my dinner dishes are never done 🙂
8:30 pm: Scooter will fall asleep now, but by now Mommy is usually so tired that I just cuddle with him and watch tv until my own bedtime. Helps relieve the stress of my day, but doesn’t help my house get clean. Oh well, I’ll work on that tomorrow…