Wednesday, August 13, 2008

Daily schedule part 1

I meant to document our daily schedule months ago. I know how time goes by, and you can't even remember what you were doing a year before. Our lives aren't anything special, but I want the boys to know what we were doing before their memories start.

When Nate was still in school, here's how our lives went:

Nate usually woke up around 7 and Stewart was in charge of mornings. He usually let Nate watch one TV show and got him dressed for the day. Out the door around 8, on the back of the bike. Nate got to pick out a fruit snack to eat on the way (a bribe to get out the door? No doubt.)

I got up whenever Jack woke up and got started on whatever errands I could run, or phone calls I could make, with Nate out of the house. Jack always slept in the stroller, so I did a lot of "errand walks" around town.

I left the house at 12:15 to go to Nate's school for pickup. When he first started I used to walk to pick him up and take him back home in the stroller, but he fell asleep too often on the way home and ruined his nap. No more of that. Nate's lunch was supposed to end around 12:30, then they cleaned his face and hands, brushed his teeth, and changed his diaper before he left. On the way out of school Nate always opened and held the doors and pushed the "down" button to go to the parking garage. We ran down the garage hill to the car and got everyone strapped in. As we drove out of the lot, we chanted "up, up, up, up, up" as we went up the big hill to the street. "Whew, we made it!" at the top.

Now we're home, and it's about 1 pm. Nate gets to watch TV for 1/2 hour before nap. I give 10, 5, and 2 minute warnings and he still cries every time I turn off the TV. Carry him to nap and try to read him stories if he behaves himself. Nap runs until 4 almost every day. Love that nap.

Afternoons are for fun. We cook dinner, or go to the playground, or play with Sophia. Legos, sidewalk chalk, or playing on the bed in the basement. Daddy comes home around 6 every day (if he doesn't have a photography job) and takes over kid duty while I go upstairs to eBay. Games with Daddy are usually horsey, tag, a walk around the neighborhood or a trip to the playground. Dinner at 6:30, bath at 7. Nate gets to watch another TV show before bed (usually 2, if we're honest). Stewart leaves at 8:15 for boxing, so I put Nate down to bed soon after he leaves.

Tuesdays and Thursdays Nate has no school. Thursdays we hang out with Grandma, and Tuesdays are usually playgroup days. I try to stay busy and get us out of the house every morning!

Jack's on the crazy newborn schedule for most of this, which is why he's overlooked. Don't worry, Jack, you'll be featured much more prominently in the new daily schedule.

1 comment:

Candide said...

People should read this.