Just took a brief trip down memory lane and read last year’s post from 1/2/15. I was home with both kids, and reading it made me laugh, because many things are still the same. It also made me notice something very important: things really are getting easier. And maybe — for me, anyway — better.
A is finishing up Cinderella, C is taking his usual 2-3 hour nap (so funny that I noted last January that his naps were short! I guess things like that tend to change without much fanfare). I just prepped dinner. Josh is at work. Today is day 4 of being home with the kids (no Josh) and I am not burned out. I am actually . . . somewhat relaxed. Amazing. This has been my general template, and I am just noting it because a) it will be fun to look back on next year, and b) it has been working.
Early AM: Workout (usually run, still training for the Miami Half coming up in about 3 weeks) and also a bit of time spent creating a general plan for the day, and mapping it out in my (new! crisp! pristine!) planner.
AM: Kids up around 7. Breakfast together. Morning play date or outing (kids art museum, a play date, an indoor play space, a pretty playground with water play)
Possible errand – flu shots one day (argh), Whole Foods on others
Lunch: usually at home, but one day we went to Panera
Midday: C naps ~1:30-4ish; A watches a movie and then draws, hangs out with me, etc. Although I just now realized she fell asleep watching Cinderella. Heh.
I prep the night’s dinner / do various tasks / do fun things like write this post
Late afternoon: neighborhood playground and/or play at home (but usually playground. More energy out and less mess to clean up!)
Dinner: around 6-6:3ish. Sometimes with Josh.
Kid bedtime: Around 8. Later than during our normal routine. Which, come to think of it, may need some tweaking.
Last night we celebrated NYE at Josh’s parents’ (usual family gathering spot + 2 blocks from our house) and A&C lasted all the way until 8:30p. And I lasted all the way until 10:30p. If Josh hadn’t been on ER call, I might have tried a little harder, but since he was up doing appendectomies and such, I called it a night after one glass of champagne. At least it was Veuve Cliquot.
As usual, I have about 823821 things that I want to do in the New Year. This is not to say that I am not happy with what I am already doing, but I just have a lot of ideas that I want to try. One area that I would like to give a little attention is this space right here. I am hoping to write more in 2016. Not every day — unrealistic! — but just more. And not just “we did this” journal-style entries (though — they are not going anywhere), but some more thoughtful posts and small tidbits and the like. If there is something you would like to see specifically — please let me know! I have a (paper, obvs) place where I am going to try to be more systematic about keeping ideas and plans for posts.
Happy new year, and here’s to 2016!