I slept through the night again last night. I didn’t even wake up coughing or to go to the bathroom. After going down by 10:30 I popped up at 5:30. I decided to snuggle back under the covers and drifted in and out until 6:45 when I heard my husband changing the baby (apparently he got up before I did). We all hung out for a bit, got the kids breakfast, etc.
Then it was a full on mommy day. I got the kids ready for school, and put the 8-year-old on the bus at 8:40. Since my 6-year-old is in half-day afternoon kindergarten (with an enrichment program in the A.M.) and it was a half day today, it meant he had no school. Well, scratch that. There’s a childcare option where he could have gone and sat in the cafeteria all day, but I figured since I was home I’d keep him. We brought the 4-year-old to her school at 9, then drove to the Please Touch Museum, arriving around 9:30. We (6-year-old, 1-year-old and me) did the whole museum, with a quick snack break, staying until 11:40. Then it was back to pick up the 4-year-old from preschool. The baby fell asleep on the way. We got her, drove home (I brought baby up to his room to continue napping) and had lunch. Then one of my daughters’ friends came over (with mom and little brother) and they played all afternoon until 4. Then I loaded the four kids up in the van and drove to a nearby park, so we could get some fresh air. This really should have been a lot more fun than it was. The kids were fighting like crazy, the baby kept falling over, and refused to stay on the paved surfaces, preferring the mud.
So, home at 5, and we opened one of the 1-year-old’s birthday presents. Then my husband came home and we went to Chicago Uno Grill for dinner. It wasn’t as bad as it could have been, I suppose, though dinner out with the kids is never exactly relaxing. There was much complaining. At least I got a margarita. Home around 7. I put the baby straight to bed. Now I’m here writing this. My husband is packing up the ski stuff for tomorrow, so I need to figure out my plan for this next toddler-centric weekend.