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So, I had a question about how I manage my mornings from a fellow mom of many young children.
I think people have the wrong perception of me. I am SOOOOOoooo not perfect. My morning routine is a perfect example of this.
Despite REPEATED attempts of getting my booty out of bed BEFORE the kids, I usually wake up to a TAP, TAP, TAP on my head. I open my weary eyes to see my blonde headed, blue eyed, first born son...happy, and ready to start the day. I am so not ready. Ethan is our morning bird, and I stumble out of bed and have a cup of coffee. It's between 6:30 and 7:00. At this point I usually have a quiet morning with my son. I empty the dishwasher and start to prepare for breakfast. The babies have either yogurt, or waffles...depending on my mood. I hate cleaning the waffle maker, so 70% of the time...it's yogurt. The big kids usually have bagels, or cereal.
Around 7:30 I go sneak the baby girls out of the girl dorm, because Reagan is usually still asleep. I change their diapers, and sit them in their booster seats. I go and do the same for Joel, who is usually still asleep (our other sleeper...Joel and Ethan are a BAD combination!), but I wake him up.
With everyone in a crisp new diaper....we are ready to eat. The perk with making the waffles is that the babies can feed themselves, but being a lazy day I spoon feed the babies some yogurt.
Despite all of my rantings over eating healthy and organic, this week I shopped at :::gasp!::: Walmart, and my kids are eating the "unhealthy" yogurt with high fructose corn syrup. Am I proud? No, but I AM real...and sometimes we expirament. We wonder...is it worth the extra $120 a month in groceries, to eat all organic, all preservative free food???? This was one of those weeks.
Delaney is screaming her head off, and being unusually clingy, and I go into auto mode. I look for signs of illness...ready to call our family physician AGAIN, only to see that she has bloody gums and tooth buds. She's the last of our babies to cut many teeth at one time, and I give her Hyland's teething tablets. I am slightly nostalgic, only to interrupt my own thoughts with a, "WHAT is wrong with you! This is the LAST teething episode EVER, enjoy!"
Meanwhile, Reagan stumbles down the steps at 8:30. She's easy. She has already dressed and brushed her teeth. I give her a bagel, and she and Ethan go to play in the playroom.
I decide that today feels like a PJ day, and I leave the triplets in their Jammies. I put them in their play area. I sit down for another cup of coffee, and my laptop at the kitchen table where I either check my facebook, write a blog entry, or write for fun. I have an alloted time for the computer and after that it's usually workout time, followed by "summer school", and cleaning the house.
Do I always accomplish all of this? No. Sometimes I don't workout, sometimes I don't blog until midnight, sometimes I just give up the fight and ignore the housework (which always end up being the worst days....so I try to never give up on housework), and sometimes I don't get to school work.
Am I perfect? No. Are my kids perfect? No.
I get tired, and I have days where not much gets accomplished. There are days when Josh comes home to a crying wife who is just at the end of her rope. There are days when I wonder exactly what I got myself into.
BUT, more often than not....I have average days. My kids have fun, I get SOME housework done, I am able to write, and get on the elliptical. I play with the babies, the big kids, and even manage to get some school time in.
So, that's what my mornings are like. Sometime I will have to post our nightime routine. THAT's interesting! :)
Reagan is in 1st grade, she loves school and has never had trouble making friends. She's the most smiley and friendly child I have ever met. Reagan loves cats, horses, and most every furry animal in the world. She loves music and is taking piano lessons. Reagan was diagnosed with Epilepsy in July (2010), and is on a regiment of medication to help lessen the amount of seizures that she has. Reagan is a great kid, and we are so proud of her!
My Jedi knight....Ethan is very sensitive. Out of all the kids, Ethan's personality most matches my own. He is very sweet, and shy...but he opens up and is the class clown once he's comfortable with his surroundings. Ethan is very smart, and he loves to play with his Star Wars toys. He's our only true "blondie", and during the summer his hair is almost white. Ethan is extremely loyal, and is a very very good brother...very protective. ;)
Triplet "A", leader of the pack. Laney sees the world in black and white...it's either right or wrong, yes or no...and she has no trouble proclaiming to the world what she thinks is "right". She's the most like daddy in personality. Bossy, (in a good way!). Sweet, Sassy, and LOUD. Laney loves dresses, church, Reagan, red meat, and going to the zoo. She hates green vegetables, and is a big wimp! :)
Addie is our girly girl. She is our only curly headed child, and wasTriplet "B"...pickle in the middle. She's very sassy. She has "Addie-tude". Addie is vertically challenged, even compared to our small kids. She's double jointed, and we plan on starting gymnastics soon. Addie is the most verbal of any of our kids. She LOVES vegetables, and hates meat of any kind. She's afraid of most animals, and has a hoarding issue (she loves collecting things...and keeping them!) She's very smart, very sensitive, and a big mama's girl!
Joel is my strong and silent type. He's the biggest child I've had, length and weight. Joel is non-verbal, and we are waiting an official diagnoses, which will come sometime after he turns 3. Joel is sweet, so so so sweet. He melts my heart every day. He love trains, cars, and really anything with wheels. He likes riding his scooter, and his big wheels trike. He loves to swim, and is a huge fan of ANY food. He will eat more than a grown man. It's amazing.
Josh and I were married in May of 2002, but we started dating in 1996. He is an insurance salesman, and is the best daddy! He loves to play with the kids outside, and has no problem pitching in with the housework. He's manly enough to admit that he likes watching Glee with me. He volunteers at church with the elementary after school program.
Then there was me... I enjoy being a mom, being a part of our MOPS steering team, photography (I make no claims at being GOOD at it!), writing, and organizing. I love being a housewife, and I am contemplating what will happen when my last child(ren) goes to school. I want to be the "room mom" and do all the mom stuff, but a seperate part of me really misses work. I am a cloth diapering, and breastfeeding advocate. I am a child of God. My favorite book of the Bible is 1Peter. I love cats and horses. I love to read, and I am in love with "The Hunger Games" right now. That's about it. :)