Sunday, November 18, 2012
A Day in the Life (mostly in pictures)
I thought I would do a little tour of my life as a stay-at-home parent. I took these pictures in October, but haven't gotten around to putting them on my blog until now.
In the morning, Paul got up with the girls and fed them breakfast and we did our usual routine of attempting to stay in bed while getting up every five minutes to get the girls something. For some reason, we think this is better then just facing the day at 7. We were up by about 7:30. I changed M and got her dressed.
When I got to the kitchen, G and M were busy climbing the shelves looking for craft supplies.
I put the kettle on for coffee. My lifeblood.
Paul left for work to a chorus of "Bye-bye Daddy!" from all of us.
Breakfast consisted of an English Muffin with Marmite and coffee.
While I ate, I balanced a book about dinosaurs on my knee for M to look at and me to half-assed-ly read to her.
She really wanted the camera. WHY CAN'T I HAVE THE CAMERA!!?
After breakfast, it was time to get dressed. G wanted me to pick out her clothes (she usually does this herself). So, for today, they matched.
You're holding a camera! Let me pose for the camera!
By 9:30, I had the girls in the car.
We arrived at our playgroup and stayed for a few hours. Mostly, I drank coffee and talked to the other parents. Adult conversation is always at a premium when you're a stay-at-home parent.
I read a book to M. "Fish!" she says. "Fissssssssh" .
Home we went. I buckled the girls into their car seats again. I long for the days when my kids can do up their own seatbelts.
After lunch, the girls watched Blue's Clues.
While I put the beans on for supper.
And started doing some dishes.
I put the M down for her nap and G into our room for a quiet time, then went downstairs to put the laundry in.
Lots of Loonies and Quarters to make these machines go!
While the girls were quiet, I worked on a blog post.
Then I put the kettle on for some tea.
I barely got a chance to finish my blog post before G was out from her quiet time (I'm lucky if it lasts for half an hour these days). So I let her play some games online while I did more dishes.
While I was doing the dishes I broke a wine glass. Glassware hates me, I swear. It leaps from my hands. Paul does it to, but I'm a bit worse. I would say I have broken no less then 10 glasses (wine or drinking) in the past year.
I did a bunch more dishes, then remembered my kettle, which I then re-boiled and made my tea. While it was steeping, I went downstairs and moved the wash into the dryer.
I took advantage of this moment to sit and drink my tea and read a bit of my book.
I read about 5 pages before Maggie was awake. She was very unhappy to be awake.
So I gave her some rainbow goldfish crackers.
If you give an M some goldfish crackers, G has to have some too.
While they snacked, I wrote my meal plan for the next few weeks, so I'll know what to buy when I go shopping tomorrow.
M was much happier.
I started supper (bean burritos).
Then I remembered we had no cheese and that was unacceptable. So, I called Paul to see when he was coming home. He was feeling sick and crappy today, so he was happy to come home half an hour early.
The girls were so excited to watch him come home. This was when it was light outside when he got home. It's sad and dark at 4:30 now.
I ran out to Sobey's to get cheese (and avocados).
And when I came home, we ate supper.
Finally, a picture of me!
Not long after supper was bathtime, then pajamas for the girls. They wrestled with their Daddy, post-bath.
Then put toys away, had a snack and went to bed.
I waited for a pregnant friend of mine to pick up a bag of baby clothes I'm getting rid of.
Then I watched Walking Dead and (eventually) went to bed.