Laura and I recently recorded a podcast about teens and tweens (coming up!). As we opened up our discussion, I asked about the “magic age” when it gets easier, and she reminded me that I’ve mentioned that I am finding it easier now than I did.
And I do!
It doesn’t mean I find it EASY (NOPE!), but 3 / almost 7 / close to 9 is much much easier than 1.5 / 5 / 7 was. Also easier than 6 months / 4 / 6. And actually easier than 1 / almost 3 (I remember Cameron’s first two years as the most challenging time of all — not because he was a hard baby, but because A was still firmly in toddler territory and it was a difficult combo!).
Of course, it has helped that certain things ebb and flow and maybe they are ‘ebbing’ recently in a good way. G seems to have sorted out her sleep patterns — she’s napping about 1 hour at school, skips nap at home, and goes to bed with the big kids at around 8:45. Yes, they are all still sleeping in the same room. We moved her toddler bed in there, so now then room is comprised of bunk beds, a toddler bed, and not much else. What can I say — it works for now!
When the kids are sleeping regular hours (ie: no recent time change) and when my energy is decent, we can get into a really nice groove. There were years when I dreaded Josh’s call weekends and craved some extra childcare on those days because they just seemed impossible and endless. Now I don’t feel the need for that at all. (I am starting to miss date night, but those never happened on Josh’s call weekends anyway!).
❏ LIIFT4 chest / triceps (I am going to just keep cycling through 2 of these workouts weekly in conjunction with my running!)
❏ Lots of outdoor time w/ kids (playground, etc)
❏ Meal plan next week & order groceries for Sunday morning delivery (that worked really well last time!)
❏ Read more of Transcendent Kingdom during screen time (afternoon). Started last night. I can already tell it’s so up my alley.
❏ Keep G’s diaper off to the extent possible (she is fully trained at school and then goes lazy at home, which is our fault.)
❏ Attempt to do second outdoor stint after our screen time in the afternoon (I know this is something that would be good for everyone but it can be hard to enforce. Going to try to sell it from the outset . . .)
❏ TAKE OUT NIGHT. Kids asking for Chicken Kitchen again but Josh and I are going to try to convince them to try a local Peruvian place Sr Ceviche. I guess we could get both . . .
And we will end with a Bernie meme, because why not . . .