Archer 2.5 years
Mum 36 weeks pregnant
braxton hick painful enough to wake me up
Archer’s in our bed asking for the iPad, I have no idea what happens next because I fall back to sleep, but I assume that J gets in the shower, Archer lays with me and plays toys, then when J gets out he gives him the iPad and a little snack. Is this the best parenting decision? probably not, but it’s working for us at the moment.
After waking on and off, I finally decide to get up and get us some breakfast. I have a muffin & tea, while Archer has pancakes (previously made and frozen) & apple.
breakfast is done, so we go brush teeth, change nappy, and get dressed. We usually stay in pjs far longer than this, but we have errands to run this morning. Archer puts up his usual fight, which involves screaming and then throwing his whole body onto the ground – I am far too pregnant for this – but we eventually get it all done.
Finally wrested the beast, so I set him up in the playroom while I go get ready – doesn’t really work though since he wants me to be within reach at all times, so he ends up hanging off my legs or playing with my makeup while I try to get ready. Ends up having body drop #2 of the day after I tell him he cannot play in the toilet (as pictured above, along with his pants that will not stay on his non-existent rump).
Finally all ready to go – we’re heading out to find a childcare centre for Archer. We had abandoned the search due to discouragement and uncertain fees, but have decided that it is actually beneficial for everyone, so off we go to find one; preferably one that can start him before the baby is born in, well, soon.
Over the next hour, we visit one centre, that I really like, but has no vacancies. They put him on the list and then refer us to a couple of other centres. We head to one of those centres, and it turns out they do have a vacancy, he can start this week. I like the centre, so I sign him up, but I’m feeling like it all happened too quickly and easily, and they’re probably psycho child cannibals or something.
Update: I have confirmed, through positive reviews that they are not psychos, and we have gone for another visit today (15/09), so I’m feeling more confident. But they did screw up their availability and he actually can’t start until the 28th.
We get to the shops. I planned on ordering some new glasses, but I’ve forgotten my prescription, and they don’t have it on file, and I have to make an appointment to get my eyes tested – so we bail. We head to Target because Archer needs sandals, and any time we set foot near a shop with Toys, he knows and begs to go play with them. We play with the toys for a while, buy his shoes and head home.
I make Archer something that can only be called “lunch” by someone very imaginative, but it’s food at least. I go to work filling out the daycare paperwork, which leads me to realise that we need to get ambulance cover, so I sign us up for that too.
Archer cracks it, so I assume he’s tired ( I am, so why wouldn’t he be!), and put him to bed. He’s asleep in 2 seconds.I finish all the paper work, and think about doing some uni…
my house is too messy to concentrate on uni, so it needs to be cleaned. but first I need to eat something, and since the house is freezing, and outside is glorious, I take my snack/lunch outside and watch one episode of crap.
break is over, and the house can no longer be ignored…
Archer is awake, but the cleaning isn’t quite done, so I get him a snack and let him have more brain-rotting iPad – judge away.
the cleaning is done, so I get us ready to go to the park…
sunscreen is on, bags are packed, nappy is changed – we’re ready to go!
We arrive, and Archer beelines for the sand where he pretends to be a digger truck, and make roads. I curse myself for not bringing a coffee, and his digger truck toys. He asks me to go see the geese about halfway through his play, so we head down to the pond, and then he somehow uses jedi mind tricks to convince me to head back to the park for more sand play.
It’s short, but I need to get dinner started, and honestly, I’m exhausted, so we head home (and yes, there was a body drop when I said it was time to go).
We skype with Nanny & Papa!
I start dinner; veggies need to be chopped & put in the oven, and the meatloaf needs to be made. Archer plays with his toys, miraculously allowing me out of his eyeline.
cannot believe that took so long! I sit down, but Archer wants me to play, and mommy guilt never loses, so I attempt to play (I really suck at it).
I assume, and pray that J will be home soon, and since it hurts to have a house not look clean mere hours after cleaning it, I make Archer clean up the playroom with me. Doesn’t take long, so I go to finish up dinner, and watch the news while we wait for J.
Hallelujah! J is home. I can’t be the only mother that feels like singing and dancing when reinforcement arrives, even on a pleasant day like today? While we accost him with our joy, I also finish dinner.
EAT! I know it’s clear from the photo, but my Michelin Star arrives tomorrow.
Finished eating, so time for the most exhausting routine of all – bedtime. The boys head off towards the bath (with a time out pit stop), because I can no longer bend over a bath and wrestle a slippery toddler without worrying an infant is going to just fall right out and join him in the bath. Meanwhile, I clean the kitchen – eww – and start making this dip for J’s work that I promised I would make (as a sort of lost bet/bribe, a story for another time).
The bath is finished, so we dry and dress our little monster, and then he pulls the jedi mindtrick again and manages to get me to read We’re Going On a Bear Hunt TWICE, AND get another book from J – jedi for sure.
Two/three stories really only takes 10 minutes? wow, well alright then, maybe the force isn’t that strong with this one. I head back out to the kitchen and finish making J’s dip. Again, 5 star picture (but the dip really is killer)
The dip is done, but J needs crackers for it, so he heads to the shops while I scald my aching back in the shower.
We pack up the dip, and shut down the house for the night. Then we settle in with Netflix & ice cream.
J was asleep like an hour ago, I kept watching crap, but now it’s time to sleep – I’ll be up 10 times to pee in the night no doubt.