Life with 3 

It’s Sunday.  That means the day before Monday. Yes. I’ve got work to do to prepare for this week at school.  It’s challenging to get this down with three children.  

Typically, I do any schoolwork at night after the kids go to bed.  Friday night I decided to just relax and go to sleep early.  I was zonked.  Last night, W wouldn’t settle so I was stuck with her from 9:00pm. I even slept with my contact lenses on.  Yeah. Bad. 

V wanted to bake chocolate chip zucchini muffins.  Z wanted  to play a board game with M.  And little W? She just wanted to be held by me. So I wore her and measured out the ingredients for V to mix.  It’s challenging. W just wants to keep eating chocolate chips.  And she’ll scream if she doesn’t get it. Lol

I finally got some reprieve while W naps. M stayed with her in case she wakes.  I got about 2 hours while the kids play on iPad or watch tv.  V prefers watching than playing.  

Here’s what I need to get done by tonight. 

– make seating plans for each class

– Mark assessments from fri so I can return them in a timely manner

– plan this week’s lessons and assessments

I’m now upstairs with W.  I didn’t get to finish marking two class’s assessments.  But I did make the seat plans (which need to be adjusted tomorrow) and plan for tomorrow’s lessons.  That’s all I got done.  This is her 2nd wakeup and it’s only 9:30pm. 

W had a rough time falling asleep – almost 7:30pm.  She usually is asleep by 7pm at the latest.  Her first wakeup was at 8:30pm. I sent M to settle her to buy some more time so I can get some more prep done for school.  I’m not sure why she’s waking so often.  She’s also super upset when she does. 

Friday night she slept for almost 4 hours before waking.  And that was her only wakeup really.  Tonight ia a replay of last night it seems.  Perhaps she’s teething.  But her appetite is good.  She’s definitely much better with the coughing. In fact a lot less.  We’ll see. 

I don’t know how other moms with three kids do it. Seriously.  I have 15 min tops in the morning, after dropping off both girls, to prep before the bell rings.  After school, I have 10 min tops to finish and pack up before leaving to pick them up. My nights are mostly taken up with going to W.  I also tutor on Tues nights. 

I feel like I don’t have enough time at all do anything.  I hope things get better with Ws sleep soon. I can’t have this every night. It’s stressful. 


The Low Down

I managed to survive my first week of back to work. Surprisingly, I wasn’t nervous or anxious about being back in front of a group of 11-13 year olds.  I must’ve been going on adrenaline during the week because I fell asleep hard while nursing W for bedtime.  I’m exhausted that’s for sure!

As for W and daycare, by Day 2, she had it figures out that she wasn’t going to be staying with me for the day.  Here’s what it looked like:

Day 1 – she cried when we got into the daycare home 

Day 2 – she cried when we got into the neighbourhood

Days 3-5 – she cried even before we left the our house 

Despite the tears, there are many moments of progress. For example, on one day, she slept straight from 12:30-2:30. She usually wakes halfway through her nap.  Also, she doesn’t cry as much anymore when she’s there. Her eating is hot and miss.  It depends on what the food is. 

At home, we’ve definitely seen developments.  Lately, W has been wanting to self-feed.  This morning, for example, she fed herself most of the Rice Krispies and milk.  The key is the food has to be able to sit in a spoon and the spoon has to be the right length.  She’s so happy when she feeds herself. I might have to help her every so often but she’s content to sit and eat in her high chair in the kitchen while I prep food. 

W just fell asleep in the car.  We were on our way home from grocery shopping, hoping to nap her in the car.  I guess she’s eaten her fill for lunch while we are the store.  She ate grapes, freeze dried bananas and Nesquick chocolate corn cereal. She’s been munching since we left the house basically.  

I love how her face looks so relaxed.  Not sure what we’ll do.  By the time we drive home and get there, she might wake up when I take her out and not be able to go back to sleep.  So we might end up driving around. It’s a good thing we have some food while we’re driving. 

First Day Back

It’s 3:25pm. I’m sitting at the turnabout, waiting to pick up V. I’m early.  Just like I was this morning. I’ve been running on adrenaline since this morning. I can feel the exhaustion slowly setting in as my day unwinds. I still have to get through dinner and bedtime. I think I can make it. 

As expected my room was a mess. This was just one part of my room.  I had a stack of chart paper on my desk and there were things strewn around the classroom in corners and shelves.  The hall pass has gone missing and there is no sign-out sheet for the classroom.  The pencil sharpener is missing and the hole puncher is broken. Basically, it feels like Sept and I have to setup my room and clean.  Everything is covered in dust.  

On the plus side, I had a great time doing math with my kids and I got to know some of their names. I started them on some mental Math strategies working with percentages.  The feedback was good – some kids told me that things were starting to make sense to them.  I also have the ones who stare because they’re just lost.  I’ve got to work on those ones. 

Hitting the sack early tonight.  Too zonked to do anything else.  Not even watch tv.