01:27 am – I am ripped from a deep sleep by the sound of Booger wailing. I better get to him before he makes himself puke again…
01:35 am – Booger is now cleaned up and snuggled into my bed. No puke this time, just a leaky pull-up. Need to remember to wash his bedding today…
02:00 am – I’m still awake. Booger’s fingers are busy twisting up my hair while he sleeps (his preferred self-soothing routine since birth). I know if I try to remove his hand or roll over he’ll wake up again, so I lay here trying not to move, trying to fall asleep again.
05:00 am – The alarm starts ringing. Ugh… I must have fallen asleep again at some point, but holy cow I am tired right now…
05:30 am – While Mad Scientist gets ready for work, I start breakfast and double check that his uniform is ironed and ready to go. Nope, there’s the uniform sitting right there twisted up in the dryer still… I pull out the iron and get it heating before turning back to finish cooking breakfast.
05:42 am – I’m scarfing down my breakfast while ironing, trying to get as much of my morning work done as I can before the boys wake up.
05:45 am – Well that didn’t last long… Booger makes his appearance from my bedroom. “Squirtle needs to pee NOW! And Squirtle wants milky too!” It’s going to be a fun morning if he’s already pretending to be a Pokémon.
05:50 am – I put Booger’s milk cup into the microwave (he insists it be warm – exactly 35 seconds in the microwave, any more or any less and he refuses to drink it). When he hears the microwave start up, Booger comes running, “Squirtle hold you! Squirtle hold you!” I scoop him up, then hang him upside down. This is our ‘milk cooking’ ritual. As soon as the microwave beeps, I set him down and he runs to the couch to drink his milk.
06:30 am – Mad Scientist leaves for work. Booger (now only responding to Pikachu) needs to pee again.
07:00 am – Monkey’s awake now, so I make breakfast for the boys – they claim they are STARVING, but don’t eat more than a couple bites. Instead of eating, they decide to bring all the toys in their bedroom out to the living room. At least they aren’t fighting, I’m just going to let them play. I make myself a cup of coffee and sit down on the couch to so a bit of “tinkering” on my phone.
07:30 am – The boys are still playing, occasionally stopping to pick at their breakfast. I turn on Moana as a soundtrack to their play and get back to doing the morning chores. I unload, then reload the dishwasher, strip the sheets from Booger’s bed and get the laundry started. I’m interrupted every few minutes with requests for drinks and bathroom breaks.
09:00 am – I try to sneak off for a shower, but Booger notices I’ve left the room. My shadow wants a shower too, so I let him come with me.
10:00 am – Time to start school! I get Booger set up on the computer with ABC Mouse to play around as he wishes. I let Monkey decide if he wants to start with math or language arts. He chooses math, no surprise there!
10:15 am – Monkey and I have gone over the lesson portion of his math, and now its time for him to work on his worksheet independently. Booger needs another bathroom trip.
10:20 am – I sit with Booger while he plays with ABC Mouse, giving Monkey a bit more time to complete his worksheet before checking on him.
10:30 am – I check on Monkey’s progress. He should be done by now, but I see that he hasn’t written anything yet. We go through the problems verbally and he knows all the answers. Come on, kid! All you have to do is write it down! He loves math, but hates writing, so I try to bribe him – if you can write down all the answers in 10 minutes (way more than enough time), you can have free time until lunch. My bribe works and he’s completed the worksheet in less than 5 minutes. I send both boys outside to play.
11:30 am – Time for lunch. Hot dogs for the boys and leftovers for me. We watch an episode of Magic School Bus on Netflix while we eat.
12:30 pm – Back to school, this time I work with both boys together with our preschool curriculum. The mix of math and reading games, along with art and physical activity keeps everyone happy for awhile.
02:30 pm – I realize that I never moved Booger’s sheets to the dryer, so I take care of that and then glance at my planner. Phew, thank goodness I’m not in charge of dinner tonight – I’d lost track of what day it is.
The next few hours pass in a blur. I know we spent some time snuggling on the couch with more milk and hair twirling. And there are even more toys in the living room now.
05:30 pm – We head next door to have dinner with the rest of the family. Four generations together for dinner most nights of the week. We really are lucky to have family so close.
07:00 pm – Mad Scientist’s shift should be ending now. Instead of a text saying he’s on his way home, I get a text saying he has a late call.
07:30 pm – Bed time for the kids. Monkey gets himself ready for bed while I quickly put Booger’s sheets back on the bed. Oops… wish I had remembered to do this earlier. I help Booger get his jammies on and then climb into bed with him. If I don’t lay with him until he falls asleep, he will scream and cry until he makes himself puke. We learned the hard way that it just isn’t worth the fight…
07:40 pm – Booger is almost asleep but his fingers are still moving in my hair. Monkey is still wide awake fidgeting in his bed. “Mama, will you sing me a lullaby? The ‘La La’ song?”
07:50 pm – I’m all sung out and Booger’s sound asleep now. I sneak out of the boy’s room and get onto my computer while I wait for Mad Scientist to get home.
09:00 pm – Mad Scientist is finally on his way home. Just in time to go to bed, tomorrow’s another early morning.
09:30 pm – Good night!
11:59 pm – “Mama!!” It starts all over again…
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