Thursday, September 10, 2009

My children survived . . .

. . . And I only turned to chocolate once!

Yesterday was my FIRST day completely alone, with both children, the entire day. (Minus when my amazing sister stopped by to bring me lunch. Have I mentioned that my sister is amazing?)

I thought I'd share a progress report, of sorts, because I'm praying that I make progress. Oh, and I really like lists.

  • Changed diapers when they needed to be changed rather than when I got to them.
  • Bathed my daughter.
  • Made breakfast and lunch for my son (toast and pb&j, respectively - though simple, it required more than simply opening up something pre-packaged. Which means I made them.)
  • Nursed endlessly.
  • Drank more water than I did caffeine.
  • Managed a 30-minute nap for myself.
  • Let the dog out.
  • Let the dog back in.
  • Wiped my son's snotty nose more times than I can count.
  • Tidied up the kitchen (including loading the dishwasher).
  • Opened ALL the mail (I haven't opened mail in a week - there was a lot of mail.)
  • Responded to about a dozen emails.
  • Posted to my blog.
  • Took a shower.
  • Brushed my teeth.
  • Carted both kids and myself to my mom's house for dinner.
Areas for improvement:
  • Bathe my son.
  • Shower before 5pm.
  • Brush my teeth before 5pm.
  • Wipe my son's snotty nose MORE (I could not keep up with all his snot!)
  • Pay the bills - I opened a lot of bills (This is an easy one to procrastinate.)
  • Clean something (The entire house is a HOT mess!)
  • Laundry.
  • Less cartoons.
  • Less cartoons.
  • Less cartoons.
  • Make dinner.
  • Get out of the house to do something enriching with my son.
  • Exercise.
  • Pray.
  • Give thanks.
  • Pray.
So, those of you with multiple children, how long before I can expect this to be ONE list? Ever?


  1. You actually got quite a bit done-I am impressed! At least there was a shower in there. Definitely something to be proud of. There's nothing like brushing your teeth for the first time right before dinner. I totally understand that one!

  2. i love to hear you say...
    the plural of it all.

  3. Ali,
    I've learned to make a list and I give myself all 5 days that I have off from my paid job to get them done. Jackson is now 16 months and this past week I got 8 out of the 10 things done. I was very proud of that! Don't be too hard on yourself. You are not super woman. As long as those kids know they are are doing 100 % of your job.
    Carla got way more done than I ever did at that early stage.
    PSS....I still take my showers at night. It seems so much easier then.

  4. not to be a debbie downer or anything, but NEVER! it never ends. you can never get it all done. make a shorter list :) love you. glad you are feeling well enough to do all that!

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  6. Wow, I am seriously impressed. And intimidated. I don't think I got that much done at this stage when I just had ONE! What in the world am I going to do when #2 gets here?? :)

  7. uh, no I don't think the lists will ever meet...I know, I know. But they will blend or you just don't notice as much. Glad you are feeling up to accomplishing a lot and noticing what you want to get done!

  8. Well, I must say I am impressed! You accomplished a lot in that first day along. And how wonderful for a sister who brings you lunch! (Love her too!)

    One word of advise...
    There will be days when nothing on either list gets done! And that is okay! Life happens and if the kids (or you) miss a bath one day, no biggy. I have learned not to sweat the small stuff.

    Your an amazing mom! And now two little ones get to love on you! {{{HUGS}}}