As I’ve been thinking about how people spend their mornings, I’ve been studying mine. Thursdays and Fridays are a bit different from my other mornings in that both my sons have pre-school at 9, and I am usually getting everyone out the door on my own. Here’s what it looked like.
7:30-7:35 – awake, lie in bed, think.
7:35-7:45 – haul self out of bed, put in contacts, get dressed, brush hair
7:45-8:00 – kids, oddly, still asleep. Decide to make pancakes to nip any breakfast battles in the bud. Make batter, fry up pancakes, make my coffee.
8:00 – roust boys. They really slept in today!
8:00-8:05 – get them situated at kitchen table with syrup and pancakes (in that order)
8:05- go get baby
8:05- 8:25 – feed baby while eating pancakes with one hand. Talk about school with boys, and they start drawing pictures after they finish eating.
8:25 – 8:40 – everyone upstairs to get dressed. Change baby’s diaper first, then 2-year-old’s. Get 2-year-old dressed, 4-year-old insists I need to help him, which isn’t true but isn’t going to be argued when we need to be in car in 5 minutes. Brush teeth.
8:40-8:45 – downstairs to get shoes and coats on. One tense moment when 2-year-old takes his shoes off after I get them on. But then he puts them back on by himself, so all good.
8:45- 8:48 – everyone into car seats. Strap ’em all in, count to make sure I have three kids in the backseat before taking off.
8:48-9:05 – pre-school run. We sing “Wheels on the bus” and “Twinkle twinkle little star.”
9:05-9:10 – home, pick up newspaper from driveway, get baby out of car, go in, glance at headlines, pour second cup of coffee and start work (sort of, as still have baby).
What do your weekday mornings look like?
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