This was supposed to be my first GoKilppari blog post (instead of this one), and I just came across it again today in my notes, oops! Well, it is spring now and 20 degrees, not -4, but not much else has changed… especially the part about dishes in the sink and toys on the floor… sigh.
7am-8am: wake up; change toddler’s diaper; change baby’s diaper; dress kids.
8am-8:07am: sponge bath, brush teeth, wash face for me; put in contacts (I CAN SEE!) get dressed with baby crawling around the bathroom, toddler is *somewhere* around the house. Brush my hair and toddler’s hair. Put on make up – ha ha just kidding. Not today because baby found some lint on the ground and I catch it just as she is putting it in her month. Meanwhile toddler is telling me she is hungry.
8:07-8:30am – scoop baby up, check the temp outside (-4!) as I head to the kitchen; make some oatmeal; cut up an apple and give it to toddler while oatmeal cooks. oatmeal is ready: add mashed fruit for baby, add honey and milk for toddler and add raisins, honey, nuts and milk for me. Baby is done, take her on my lap, toddler is done, put baby on floor (protests, she wants to practice walking!), get toddler out of high chair and ask her to bring her trains to play with on the floor. Shovel the rest of my oatmeal into my mouth and finish the kiddos’ food.
8:30- 9:00: answer email from my MIL (Mother-In-Law) – can she come by about 10am and take toddler to feed the ducks, reply- YES, thank you, please come anytime. Put breakfast dishes in the sink, ugh, need to empty the dish washer. Baby needs a diaper change, change squirmy, rolly, crawly baby diaper, walk her around the house to give her practice. Toddler is getting bored and jealous, help her build a bridge for her trains; baby crawls over and becomes a tornado through the train village, calm down toddler; realize it is already 9am – need to prep toddlers stuff to give to MIL.
9:00-9:30– make pb and j sandwich, peel and cut up carrots. Wash gross sippy cip filled with yesterday’s juice and refill it (half apple juice, half water) add a pouch (or packet as we call it) of applesauce. Walk baby around the house again and the give her my keys to keep her busy while I pack diapers/wipes/drying towel/bag for dirty diaper/ baby powder for toddler. Spend 4 minutes looking for baby powder, then find it under the bed.
9:30– MIL arrives, because when she says 10am, that means 9:30. Apologize for not having toddler ready. Hand her the baby. Check temp (-3), ask toddler to clean up her trains, I am ignored. Get toddler instead to the foyer, put on 1) base layer (Merino wool) 2) mass layer (wool sweater) 3) outer layer intermediate winter jacket and pants. Toddler protests, wants to wear fleece jacket. Try to coax her into wearing a different but similarly warmer outer layer jacket. Success! Socks, boots, hat/bacalava/’helmet’ (best thing ever!), stick gloves in her pocket. Oh no where are Thomas the Train and Percy? Have to take them along. Go get her toys, grab a bag, lunch and diapers. Take baby from MIL so she can put on her winter gear. Put toddler outside to wait for MIL as toddler is starting to sweat, all the while watching her from the window. MIL Takes umbrella stroller, bag and toddler; wave goodbye furiously with baby until they are out of sight.
10am– play with baby, empty dishwasher, baby starts to get tired/cranky, nurse baby, she falls asleep. Take deep breath, listen to the silence, look out the window at the shaking leaves, (wonder if toddler is cold, or too warm outside?) read a couple of blog articles, try to escape from bed, return to soothe baby when she senses I am gone, she falls back asleep, I sneak away. Text husband, email mom and dad, start folding laundry, baby cries (only napped 25 mins…!) pick up baby, put folded laundry away. Wince at the dishes in the sink, wince at the trains scattered on the floor. Put baby down to play with toddlers trains.
And it’s only 10:30…..!
If your day is anything like mine, you wholeheartedly welcome a fun activity to break up the day. For 30 minutes a week, forget about the monotonous (frustrating) side of parenting and immerse yourself in the wondrous world of your child.
What if this fun activity was also stimulating and educational for your child – meticulously planned and designed to open their minds. To build a foundation for future academic and professional success.
And you can socialize with adults – bonus!
And learn something yourself – bonus!
I am excited to launch GoKilppari in the fall of 2016. I look forward to meeting you and sharing my dream of bringing a new language into your child’s life – in a musical, fun and lasting way. Welcome!