Life looks very different in the mornings now compared to years ago (omg – here’s a 2014 day in the life!). So I figured perhaps it would be interesting to capture this moment in time!
Thursdays vs Other Days
I love Thursdays right now.
Honestly our mornings in general are pretty decent.
Monday / Tues / Weds / Friday I drive the kids to school. There’s usually a bit of a mad rush to wake them up, get them to eat something and then appear presentable enough (rather low bar, but still). Notably, after so many years of *them* dictating the wakeup time, it’s been lovely to settle into a rhythm where we typically have to rouse them! Once the breakfast/getting dressed/brushing teeth/getting shoes on whirlwind is over, the commute with them is pretty nice — heavy on the Taylor Swift, and we have a routine where I park and get to walk each of them to their respective buildings/classrooms.
(The school is not big so it doesn’t take very long but I usually get to see 1-2 of G’s teachers, 1 of C’s teachers, other parents, etc. I walk A to her classroom too but her teachers usually don’t get there until a few minutes later so she gets to hang with her fellow 4-5th grade friends. I am not allowed to kiss her goodbye anymore but that’s ok, she still permits non-public kisses, ha.)
Thursday however Josh drives, in part because he does surgeries/has clinic in a different hospital that day that is near the school. Sometimes I have BOBW recording or something at 9 am but other days like today I can ‘sleep in’ (until 5:30!) and delay my run until he leaves to take the kids. Going for a run from 7:45 – 9:15 am feels downright delinquent and I love allowing for a slower start to the day. To those of you asking about how I am fitting in higher mileage these days, my two weekly runs over an hour are typically Thursdays (1-1.5 hrs) and Saturday AM (2+ hours, often starting at 6-6:30 am). I am not sure why I never had any routines like this in the past when I worked part time or even when I had flexible days at times as a PD.
G, our nanny usually arrives between 12-2pm, ~10 am on Mondays; she leaves anywhere from 6 pm to very rarely 9 pm if Cameron has late soccer and Josh can’t get there to help. That said, Josh has been a soccer parent rock star and has been able to either take C to practice/games or meet him there. ((I have seen only a couple of games because I am home with other two and while I am supportive of C’s sports endeavors I am just never going to be able to sit there and watch practices with rapt attention; games I could generally handle but NOT while dealing with the other two, so it is what it is.))
Because I expect G to be on backup if/when things come up (illness etc), we continue to pay her what we paid her before, plus an inflation-related raise this year. I do this by essentially paying for ‘on call’ hours, whether she is here or not.
Things We Do the Night Before:
Have lunches made (90% of the time. A sometimes procrastinates and has to make hers in the AM; she does her own as it’s her preference but the others do not). ALSO Mondays / Weds C&G get school lunch. AND ALSO ALSO everyone gets pizza for lunch at school on Fridays. Lucky kids.
Set clothes out for G. She is . . . not fast moving in the morning. Anything to make the process of getting her ready easier is worth it.
Prep the coffee. ALWAYS. I joke with Josh that if I forget to set up the morning coffee I get up and question my will to go on living. I set it on a timer so it’s ready at my (early) wakeup time. Sometimes it sits too long but I kind of don’t’ care; bad coffee is better than coffee I have to deal with making in the AM.
Have backpacks packed up and by the door. Usually. Doesn’t take long and better than papers scattered everywhere anyway . . .