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Friday, June 13, 2008

Less than 15 minutes

It's about 4 p.m. and that's how much time I've had today without a child(ren). I got up and fixed the younger kids' breakfast. The teenager came out to fix her breakfast and wash dishes. In between the mom thing, I completed some paperwork that had to be turned in today.

I did some laundry and tried to figure out what was wrong with the baby who was following behind me whining. She's going through a big growth spurt (and so is the 4-year-old) because she's always hungry, thirsty or sleepy. I finished packing for the kids (for their weekend with their dad. THANK GOD!), got them dressed while the teenager started lunch and got myself ready.

I wanted to turn in the paperwork before taking the teenagers to work, but we weren't able to get out of the house on time. Probably could have still done it had I not had to pick up someone else's kid. I still haven't figured out why it's so hard for them to drop her at my house on the way to where they're going each morning, but that's a whole 'nother story (I see that's my current favorite saying).

The baby, of course, fell asleep on the way to their job (20 minutes down, 20 minutes back). BIG SIGH. I stopped to drop off the paperwork, pull into the driveway and everyone announced that they're hungry.

Huh? What?

"You guys just ate about 45 minutes ago!" I say astonished. It's the end of the month and I'm due to go grocery shopping, but haven't had one spare moment so in we go to conjure up some grub.

After their snack/second lunch, the 3- and 4-year-old kiddies get in their beds for nap. It takes Amareah (the 3 year old) some time to go to sleep because she had a little nap in the car... about 15 minutes worth.

I finally tire the baby out and settle on the couch to watch some tube while she rubs her lovey (a piece of satin sheet!) and dozes off. That's about 3:15. Before her thumb even falls out of her mouth; Amareah emerges from their room. It's 3:26.

EXTRA BIG SIGH.

And that's how my days go since the children have been home full time. Because Amareah is always the first to go to sleep she is of course the first to wake up. And, she's discovered, it's the perfect time to spend some one-on-one time with mommy.

I put the baby in her crib and sit next to Amareah on the couch to finish watching my show. We talk about my necklace, she gives me kisses, she crosses her legs like mine, she calls out the colors on my necklace, asks can she watch Dora and tells me she wants more fish.

Oh my!

I'm not sure I remember the end of my show, but I sure do remember what time it is and hope their father shows up on time. ... I am dying to do absolutely nothing for 15 minutes then get up and do everything I haven't had a chance to do this week.

(Okay, it's 4:19. I didn't waste too much time blogging, did I?)

UPDATE: It's 4:30 and everyone is awake.
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