Where did the time go? My day starts at 6 a.m. when the youngest baby wakes up from her sleep. I wake up to her cries, change her diaper, make her a bottle and we try to rest for a little while longer before I make warm milk in the microwave for my eldest. She is awake by 7 a.m. drinks her milk (she specifically ask for it warm), and watches Paw Patrol on the tablet while I watch the news. This take us to 7:30 a.m. I start making breakfast for the two girls as both are eating solids. One gets cereal and the other baby oatmeal. They start eating. Our nanny come upstairs by 8 a.m. and she helps take over the the kids. I now have to prep dinner while she is looking after the girls. Get the eldest dressed for her day while our nanny helps get the baby dressed.
This take me to 8:30 a.m. everyone is out the door. The nanny takes the girls to their classes and I am off to work until about 6 p.m. I get home at 6:30 p.m. eat dinner with my husband and kids and then it is time for bedtime routine. Bath, PJ’s, playtime, book, bed. The youngest is in bed by 7:30 p.m. and the eldest by 8:30 p.m. But that 8:30 p.m. bedtime is never on time because of all the coming out of bed and putting her back. She has every excuse in the book why she doesn’t want to be there…I need water, I have to go to the washroom, I want another book….you name it she has an excuse for that. By the time she is asleep it is 9 p.m.
Now put school into the mix and I found I had no time for myself. My birthday was this weekend and my husband asked what I wanted. I thought about it for a second and said “a night off without the kids!” He listened to me and booked us a hotel in Niagara Falls while the kids slept over at my parents . It was so nice to have adult conversation and sleep in past 6 a.m. I came back relaxed and re-energized for my week ahead.
I have to carve out some more time for myself so I can be the best mother I can be for my children. It seems odd to say that time away from the kids are the best thing for them, but it’s true. I came back and enjoyed playing with them and wanted to spend time with my kids. I just needed a short break. What do you do to get a much needed break?