Tuesday, August 7, 2012
Once upon a time in what now seems like a very, very long time ago, I had this hair-brained idea that once I was a Stay-At-Home-Mom, I would get up around six every morning and bike a mile with each dog before the start of each day. It wasn't entirely unfeasible either. When Lucy was an only child, I did that with her one summer when it was really hot, and I wanted to make sure she got enough exercise. Back then I even got up around 5:30 to do it, because I got up at 6 for work. Now, I sometimes struggle to get out of bed at 7:30. Why do I have such a hard time getting up in the mornings? Let me tell you....
Sometime after six in the morning and dawn, two dogs start to wake up and decide that they A.) need to potty, and B.) that they're hungry. Usually both Dory and Lucy decide to snuggle up with me about this time. We all know that we need to get up, but none of us want to. Then around 6:45, B's alarm will go off for the first time. He will reset it for ten-fifteen minutes more usually at least twice more before he decides to get out of bed. Some days, the girls (or at least Dory, because Lucy likes to stay in bed longer) and I get up before him, but most days we at least get up when he finally does.
While B showers, we'll go to the back yard, and Dory will go pee pee. Then, after sniffing around the yard a while, Lucy does too. Sometimes they'll both poop then, but often Dory at least has to eat first. So, then we'll go in, and I'll feed them breakfast. Dory will wait either for Lucy to start eating or until I tell her not to wait on Lucy. Sometimes Dory makes Lucy eat her breakfast when Lucy would rather roll around on the floor or find a pair of dirty socks to carry around the house. Then, we'll go outside for round two, and once everyone or at least one of them has pooped, they'll get a Dentastix treat.
By then, if Firecracker isn't awake, I'll unload the clean dishes that were washed in the dishwasher the night before and start filling it with whatever has accumulated throughout the day. Then, if there is time, I'll sort the previous day's laundry and maybe pick up the house some. There are always baby and dog toys to be put up and shoes that should go in our closet. Then, Firecracker is usually awake, and I'll eat a bowl of cereal while feeding her a small bowl of her cereal and fruit after changing her out of the previous night's diaper. After she finishes her cereal, we'll sit in the recliner for an 8 oz. bottle of formula, and I'll put our dishes in the dishwasher.
After breakfast is finally over, it is often around or after nine in the morning. Then, I finally get to take a shower with Firecracker watching from her no-longer-bouncy-bouncy seat. Usually by the time I get around to conditioner, she's tired of being in the bathroom. She's often downright yelling at me on the days I shave my legs, hence all of the cuts. Once I'm dried, deodorized, moisturized, and dressed, I'll then wash off Firecracker's face and other regions before lotioning and dressing her for the day. Then, I'll place her on the spare-room bed with a paci and a couple of toys while I dry my hair. That's about two or so hours after she first woke up. So, between the time she had been awake and the white noise from my hair dryer, Firecracker usually will fall asleep for a nice catnap. I usually try to get my blogging and some other things done then. Sometimes the catnap lasts twenty minutes. Sometimes it can last an hour. However long it lasts, life is much more pleasant when she either gets that or a form of it while traveling somewhere in the car.
After her catnap, we usually make our way back downstairs and play in the floor together until it's time to eat lunch. Then, I'll make myself something to eat, and Firecracker gets to eat a vegetable or fruit. After that, it's time for her midday bottle. Then we usually play again for a while, then we go upstairs for story time. Dory almost always comes up with us for this. Lucy does sometimes. After that, Firecracker goes down for her afternoon nap. Sometimes it can take a while to get her to take that nap, even though she always needs it. That one usually lasts at least an hour. Sometimes it lasts longer, sometimes less than an hour.
Depending on the time she wakes from her afternoon nap, we either play for a bit, or we have our afternoon bottle. After that, we have more play time until B gets home from work - usually some time between six and seven at night, though it's not unheard of to be later. Once B gets home, I start cooking dinner, and he'll take over Firecracker duties. Firecracker gets a vegetable now while we eat our dinner. I try to get the dishes cleared and in the dishwasher right after we eat. If not, B or I will do it while the other feeds Firecracker her night bottle later. Then the fun begins.
After dinner, we all go outside and play with Lucy and Dory. Firecracker especially loves flying through the air, chasing the girls. They like it too. The back yard is often filled with squeals of laughter. After that, it's time for Firecracker's nighttime bottle. Then it's bath time. After bath time, we often need to play a bit more, then we take a couple of ounces of formula in what we call a "night cap" bottle with a slow-flow nipple. Then we put her to bed at night. Usually we'll have to go upstairs a couple of times to recover her and put a paci back in her mouth before she's out for the night.
By this time, it could be anywhere from nine at night to ten. Depending on the night and our moods, this is time for Mom and Dad. No matter what else, we both usually need a back popping. Frankly I'll be a very compliant wife for a good back pop and head rub at night. :)
No matter what's going on, we usually take Lucy and Dory to potty one last time, then the four of us get into bed between 11:30 and midnight. I would like to read then or write, be it blog or fiction, but I've learned that once my eyes start crossing it's time to turn off my lamp and get to sleep. Unfortunately it's summer, and I usually wake in an hour or two with insomnia. I have never slept well in the hottest part of the summer. That can go on for a while before I get back to sleep. It's very miserable.
So, I haven't made the effort to get up early to bike with the dogs, because I don't do anything at all during the day. Unless you count the laundry, dusting cleaning, vacuuming, and mopping I manage to mix into this routine each day. It's a good routine though. It has evolved a great deal in the past six months, and it works for us. It's flexible enough that we can get out on do things without messing up the eating / sleeping part too much. I will admit that on the days Firecracker wakes up early, I often find myself wondering, "What on earth am I going to do with her?" because especially with it being so hot these days, we run out of things to do.
Maybe if I get to sleep well tonight, and no one, be it baby, dog, or husband wakes me for any reason, I'll want to get up early and bike. Maybe. I should probably air my tires just in case.