My mom went home on Sunday and so we've been on our own for a few days. I haven't had to make dinner from scratch since she's left, I've just been pulling out frozen meals I made before hand which has been really nice. Nora is so sweet and cute and I love holding her, but it's hard to get things done with only one free hand/arm and she likes to be held a lot during the day. Night time is a different story and she'll sleep in her crib and wake up twice to eat and then go right back to sleep. I'm grateful she's not awake for long periods of time during the night and it'll be nice once she's actually sleeping through the night.
The kids also went back to school this week which I think was perfect timing. There are moments during our day that seem a little too busy or chaotic, like just before the kids leave to school in the morning and we're trying to get hair done, people dressed, kids fed and breakfast cleaned, sometimes while holding Nora or feeding Nora, but then there are other times where nobody needs me to do anything for them except Nora who just wants to be held and I cherish those moments. Of course I love all my kids and enjoy being with them, but it's also nice to get some one-on-one time and not have so many people needing me all at once. When the kids get home from school, they like to have some Nora time as well. This picture of Elisabeth and Nora was taken while they were off track and the kids could lounge in their pjs during the morning.
I have found that in order for me to get things done during the day, I have to first of all, prioritize. Many times I'll make a list on paper that I can cross stuff off, and then I start those things early on in the day, in order of importance and I find that I can usually get half the stuff done that'd I'd like to. Once Nora is older and not so dependent I'll be able to complete the entire list again. So in order of priority, here are the things on my list today and keep in mind that Nora's needs and the needs of my kids and hubby are always a priority, though they're never on my check list. Some of these things I do while holding Nora or nursing her. She nurses about every two hours during the day and needs a diaper change at every feeding so it feels like her needs are almost constant, which is about right...though I know it won't be that way for very long. I get a lot more personal reading time in when I nurse which has been nice. Also, Jane is potty training which means she is also a high priority right now and when she has to go, we go! The list:
-read scriptures (I do this in bed)
-crunches and weights(in bedroom before kids wake up)
-help kids(breakfast, fix hair, make green smoothies, get them out the door for school)
-load of laundry
-aerobic exercise 45 min (elliptical and rebounder or Zumba or Tae Bo. I want to see how fast I can lose the baby weight when I combine eating whole foods with daily exercise)
-walk 1 hour(I do this with some other women in the neighborhood. I have Annabelle and Jane in the double stroller and then I wrap Nora to me in our Moby Wrap...we usually stop half way through for a 10 minute play break at the park before finishing our walk. Oh and today, when I was putting Nora into my wrap she spits up all over herself and me. She was drenched so I had to stop, wipe off her eyes, cheeks, chin, face and change all of her clothes...but I wasn't drenched so I didn't change my clothes for the time being :))
-shower and get ready
-pick up Charlie from school(yes I have to write down to pick up Char from school because I have forgotten a couple of times :)...half day kindergarten is hard for me to remember)
-make and clean up after lunch
-Put Jane down for a nap
-write a blog--I only got half way through writing my blog and then I didn't get anything else done on my list for the day though I still wanted to accomplish several things. Even though I cleaned the kitchen in the morning and after lunch, when Scott got home the kitchen was no longer clean, though the rest of the house managed to stay somewhat clean and orderly. Our afternoons are usually our quietest because Jane is sleeping, I try and get Nora to sleep, the other two do quiet activities and school work and Elisabeth is at school. Once we get to around 3pm, life is really busy again: monitoring 2 piano lessons for 30 minutes each, snacks for kids, helping with homework while feeding Nora, changing diapers, trying to get dinner on and so on.
Once the kids are in bed around 830pm, Scott and I like to visit with each other and then sometimes we'll read or fold laundry together or clean the kitchen together etc, but it's almost always together. I'm glad that even after nearly 9 years of marriage and 5 kids, we still love to be together.
Here are a couple of random pictures from our past week and a short video of Jane:
1.) Elisabeth wanted to learn how to make a fleece tie blanket and she decided to make one for Annabelle. We picked out Rapunzel fleece material for the project. Elisabeth and I worked on it together and finished it in about an hour. Annabelle was so pleased!
And here is a short clip of Jane pretending to be a Tiger. She makes a very cute tiger.