When they are at their littlest, there isn’t much a stay at home mom does without her babes. Errands are a weekday activity because you want to have fun on the weekend. You want the littles to enjoy their time with Daddy, not get hauled here and there and everywhere. For me, it is the in and out of the car seat that kills it. With one little one it’s annoying enough. With two, it’s juggling. There are only so many stops you can make before they are just DONE. I try and spread the errands throughout the week so that everyone is at their best behavior.
Then, one gets old enough to go to preschool. Oh my! Think of all the things I can get done with just one little one! Everything will be so easy!
First, let me just tell you. Two hours is not a long time. It’s pretty much not long enough for anything. I have yet to successfully get home and get Bug down for a nap before it is time to leave.
On Tuesdays we do lunch bunch. This means FOUR WHOLE HOURS toddler free. I dream big for this 4 hours. Post office stop since I have a free hand for a bag of packages. Vacuum. That shouldn’t be as tough without someone trying to help. Oh wait, #2 is mobile now and puts everything in his mouth. Including power cords. NAPTIME! Apparently, when his brother isn’t around, Bug thinks it is the perfect time to snuggle for naps. While I don’t really blame him, I prefer the 5-10 minutes it takes to put him down on a typical day to the 30-40 minutes of snuggles he likes on Tuesday. And with that, we’re already back down to 2 hours.
Prep a fancy dinner? Work on some sewing projects? Bake cookies? Take a long relaxing shower? Sit down with a cup of coffee and Netflix? Wouldn’t that be fun.
Prep a lame dinner? Clean the kitchen? Scrub the toilets? Start some laundry? Write a blog post? Clearly that last one doesn’t happen often enough.
And so the cycle continues. Each day getting a little better. The baby wakes up from the nap and I haven’t gotten anything done. Time to go pick up the toddler.