Yesterday was pretty glorious from a solo parenting perspective, and I am honestly reeling with happiness about G staying in bed 2 nights in a row. I left the room at ~8:45 and they all went to sleep on their own accord (well, C had fallen asleep a few minutes earlier while I was reading to all of them).
There are still kinks to be worked out — I am sure G needs more sleep than A (C – not sure, he definitely needs more than A on average!) but if I’m putting all 3 to bed at once, that makes things more challenging.
In theory, G could just wake up later on non-school days but I am skeptical about this actually occurring. The answer may be to encourage A to read in bed. She has every capability of doing this — she is a great reader and seems to really enjoy reading books for school. However, she does not have tons of enthusiasm for devouring books on her own. This is surprising considering her pedigree — both Josh and I tore through stacks at her age — but everyone is different.
Or maybe I just have to work harder at getting her the right material. (Suggestions welcome!)
We spent time outside both in the morning and post-screen-time (taking a walk around the neighborhood looking at Christmas decorations — fun!). Despite being on call, Josh was able to take C to his soccer practice/game in the morning. C won Best Effort and was very excited about it!
It really helps that our weather is finally such that going outside finally feels good. There were no other kids at the playground for a solid 45 minutes so the kids got to play sans masks which they considered a major treat. (They went on as soon as we saw someone approaching!).
❏ LIIFT4 week 5 / #3 (shoulders)
❏ Grocery list / meal plan (someone mentioned LL‘s meal plans recently – oh how I miss them too!!)
❏ Publix run for said groceries
❏ meet up with friend @ Flamingo Gardens (beach or FG seem like safest spots for distanced playdates)
❏ attempt to make 2021 New Years card (may use the photo below because it seems fitting!)
❏ Facetime parents
❏ make something easy for dinner (will consult my latest cookbook: Dinner Uncomplicated)