While I am really happy with how our mornings tend to go around here, the post-work experience is . . . well, we’ll just call it a work in progress. Part of it is that — as always — I want too much! I realize that with a rather productive morning that starts early, the evening is therefore limited, because sleep is non-negotiable. For me, anyway.
Maybe I need to just make peace with the simple short evenings that are happening right now. Here’s the basic template:
5:45 pm Arrive home from work (though if traffic is bad, I can be closer to 6 pm). G (our nanny) tells me about all of the cuteness/craziness that happened while I was away, and heads off.
6 pm PLAY. Seriously, that’s what we do.
Both kids, princess play, pretend play, chasing around balls, sometimes magnatiles/puzzles (currently limited because Mr C is a one-man wrecking crew and he is EFFICIENT, which infuriates his sister). Once a week or so I FaceTime my parents so they can hang out (virtually) with us.
6:50 pm Cameron’s bedtime routine: warm milk (in a sippie cup — no more bottles in this house!!), brush his 6 teeth, diaper, sleep sack, 2 books (w/ Annabel), and bed. He is very easy and there is minimal if any protest. (Never change, Mr C. Never change.)
7 pm C is asleep. A gets a 30 minute allotment of screen time because — honestly, it’s a nice short break for me. Right now I’m typing this post and drinking a glass of sauv blanc. Ahhhh. Sometimes Josh comes home at this point; other nights he comes home after A is in bed or much later.
7:30 pm “Quality time” w/ A. Interestingly, if Josh is home, she basically wants nothing to do with me. But if it’s just us, it’s really nice. We do some kind of play activity (trains, puzzle, pretend, etc) and then start her bedtime routine, which is considerably longer than Cameron’s. Typically it goes something like this: