Tuesday, September 05, 2006

The grind

So it begins . . . Today was my first full day of work and thus our family's first real day of what will be our daily routine until Matt gets out of school in June. We did a few test runs last week, but it goes something like this . . .
Matt gets up first (at 5:00) and showers and then takes Hannah out. When he gets back in, I shower while Matt makes coffee, eats breakfast, and listens for Tobin, who is still sleeping peacefully. Then I try to get as much done as possible while Matt is still home and Tobin is sleeping: put on my makeup, eat, pack a lunch, fix Tobin's bottles and diaper bag, etc. We try to make sure Tobin is up to eat by 6:30. Matt leaves shortly after that. Then I dress Tobin, finish dressing myself, walk the dog again, pack Tobin up, and we leave between 7:15-7:30. I drop Tobin off at school and start my 40-minute commute to Raleigh. Matt picks Tobin up shortly after 3:00. I get home around 6:30. We hang out with Tobin, he goes to sleep, we do a little extra work, and then go to sleep ourselves.

It's been a long day. Fortunately, I think Tobin handled it better than any of us, Hannah included. He seems happy and content, even though his parents are a bit overwhelmed by it all at the moment. We're hoping time will help the routine go a little more smoothly, but for now it's quite different from our relaxed summer days.

2 comments:

Uncle Al said...

I miss bulldog already- you are wonderful parents and i saw that this weekend-love you

DMW said...

I, for one, think it will get a bit easier as you get used to it. It does sound like a long day, though, and all the hard work while actually at work isn't even included in your account....