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A number of things

19th March 2007

A number of things

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I have a number of things running through my head at the moment, so I’m just going to write a list.

1. It’s definitely autumn here. The mornings and evenings are definitely nippy. My oldest daughter got a pair of slippers in the mail from her grandma, which she thinks are so cool and she wears them faithfully each night after baths and each morning when she wakes up. She’s been wanting some slippers because her daddy and I both have them. Unfortunately they’re a wee bit small, but grandma to the rescue! She ordered another larger pair and will bring them with her when she arrives in a few weeks.

2. I’m feeling very housewife-y at the moment, meaning that I’d really like to spend a lot of time in the kitchen, making bread and other baked goodies and trying out new recipes that I’ve found on tammysrecipes.com . But it just ain’t gonna happen. My energy comes in spurts and of course there are the three children that now live in my house to consider. In case you’re a new reader, these three children didn’t just appear overnight but it’s just dawning on me that I am now the mother of three children under 4 and that means that I get like five minutes to myself at a time, if I’m lucky. The bathroom is no longer a sacred place. My husband can often be heard saying “Leave Mummy alone, let her have some privacy” as he shuts the door to the toilet again. I have a feeling that any creative time in the kitchen will be done after the kids have gone to bed. In theory this is fine. In practice by the time we get the kids to bed and I’ve fed the newborn (he’s only 10 days old after all) I’m ready to hit the sack myself and there is no way that I’m going to dirty up the kitchen that was only recently cleaned after dinner. So I think the best way to remedy thisis to start keeping a list of recipes that I’d like to try and when I eventually find myself with a spare 20 minutes or so I can try them out. I must remember that I won’t always feel like this.

3. I’m currently trying to work out what to do with the sleep schedule of my oldest daughter. We have a mandatory rest time in our house which is about two hours. This is required so that I can have a sleep while the kids are sleeping. This is an absolute must for my sanity and the safety of the children. A few days a week the oldest doesn’t actually sleep, but she’s required to at least be quiet on her bed and rest, with some books to read if necessary. Most of the time she’ll fall asleep and sleep for over two hours. But I’m starting to wonder how this sleep is affecting her nightime sleep. See, it’s currently 3 pm and she’s still asleep. Betime around here is from 7-7:30 so it’s not all that long until she’ll need to be heading to bed and I can guarantee that because she’s slept so long she won’t actually fall alseep until after 8:30. I don’t really have a problem with that as long as she’s quiet in her bed, but she usually comes up with 101  excuses to get out of bed. So, do I cut down on her quiet time, which therefore cuts down on my quiet time? Honestly, by 12:30, I’m ready to hit the sack so I hate to keep her up longer. And often the time from 2-3 is when I am able to do a few things that I want to do - blog, read , start dinner. I’d be interested in some feedback if you have some ideas. I think we might need to extend the quiet time part, but shejust does it outside of  her bed. If she knows that it’s still mummy’s quiet time then maybe she will still be quiet. Might have to work on that one.

Well, I better go wake her up. This has given me a few things to think about. I would have written in my journal but I can’t find it at the moment.

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  1. 1 On March 21st, 2007, katherine@raisingfive said:

    My 3 year old does not take naps, but she has an older sister to keep her occupied, so I don’t have the bothering Mom part to deal with so much (I used to do the quiet time in bed with the older kids - guess I dropped the ball with this one). Unfortunately, bedtime here is 8:30 (because of even older sisters and our big-kids’ schedules) which means she is awake till sometimes 9:30! She will then sleep till after 8:00 a.m. which I do love, and which makes morning my time to get things done.

    All that to say, if you need a mid-afternoon break (I always did with a baby), maybe a later bedtime isn’t so bad in order to preserve the quiet time (if it won’t mess up little sister). Kids will adjust to whatever the family’s needs are - as long as the total amount of sleep is adequate.

  2. 2 On March 21st, 2007, MicheleinNZ said:

    That’s a good point about preserving the quiet time. I think I’ll go with that. My husband and I talked about it and we’re both fine with the oldest one staying up a bit later as long as she’s quiet. At the moment, we’re all on the couch and she’s happily colouring while I’m on the computer and my husband is reading. And yes, that afternoon quiet time is incredibly important for me so I think we’ll just manage the later night times for a while.

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