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Monday, August 27, 2007

Our First Official Day of School!!!

Today is our first official day of school (actually second, but first day with baby!).

I am going to be typing out my journey throughout the day. You may have to come back several times to see the updates (if I get to them) throughout the day.

Here is what my day looks like so far...

  • 4:00 a.m. Baby girl wakes up and starts nursing while I am still in bed.
  • 4:30 a.m. I get up because baby girl is awake and wiggly...she also needs a diaper change. After diaper change I plant myself on the couch and nurse her to sleep (as well as myself...nursing makes me extremely sleepy!).
  • 6:30 a.m. 5-year-old girl is up and running around...I am still groggy and on the couch.
  • 7:15 a.m Hubby is up making coffee.
  • 7:30 a.m. I get up (from the couch), get dressed, and start making lunch for my hubby and his apprentice (since they will be gone today). I also made my hubby a breakfast sandwich to take along.
  • 8:00 a.m. Change diapers and then I nurse and get breakfast for children (yes, both at the same time!).
  • 8:30 a.m. Still nursing (she likes to nurse for a long time), and I eat breakfast & have my coffee.
  • 9:00 a.m. Blog time & cuddle time with baby until she falls asleep for morning nap.
  • 9:30 a.m Clean-up & get ready for school.
  • 10:00 a.m. First load of laundry in washer & start school. Change diapers, if needed.
  • 11:00 a.m. Things not going as planned...printed up some things from Tapestry of Grace, "The Loom" CD, & gather the children to clean up mess they made.
  • 12:00 p.m. Baby girl wakes to nurse.
  • 12:15 p.m. Gather children around the table for lunch.
  • 1:00 p.m. Clean up lunch mess.
  • 1:30 p.m. Change diapers & potty time. Take younger girls up for nap & sit with them until they sleep & nurse baby. Also work with other children on math/handwriting upstairs while girls going to sleep.
  • 3:30 p.m. Nursed baby & she is finally asleep!!! If she is not sleeping, she wants to be held or nursed!
  • 4:00 p.m. Planned weekly menu. It took forever to get baby settled down and girls to sleep...and the idea of having the boys do math during nap time didn't work either! With tears and frustration, I am at my whit's end! Oh, and the girls just got up from their nap!!!
  • 4:10 p.m. Load dishwasher, wash dishes, start dinner, and pray while doing so.
  • I will end at this, as I feel that today was very unproductive and the more I write, the more frustrated I feel.

Stay tuned as I will be adding more as I get it done!


motherofmany said...

Oh, honey, give yourself a little leeway here! Starting school is always an adjustment, and after just having a baby it's gonna take some serious juggling until you find what works. Your kids are learning just by being with you.

WWJD? Mary didin't have forms to file every year and test scores to worry about. The very most important thing for them to learn is that God is real, we are sinners, and the only way of grace is through Christ. You have done that every day of their lives with your living testimony.

Love ya!

Mercy said...

I just want to say THANK YOU for posting your day. I remember how difficult those days were and it is really refreshing to hear someone else goes though the same trials. I will be schooling with a newborn again this year, so I am trying to start preparing. We have decided to go with My Fathers World, but don't have the finances to purchase quite yet. I am anxious to get started on my year though!!! I am working on a making a schedule right now and beginning to get in the mindset of school again. (although we school all throughout the year - math, etc.)

Anyway, you're in my prayers.

Take care,

Thehydenspot said...

I'm glad to know that school days aren't like this just for me! I do feel for you, it can be so frustrating to get anything done with a little baby. It seems like you get the baby settled and something comes up with one of the other children.God's grace is all we can pray for! I hope tomorrow goes better for you.

Swylv said...

We have days where we don't even start anything we planned that the state says must be taught.

And I only have one child...so don't beat yourself up:-)

oh and wow, baby girl is that aware? When DS was born 4 weeks early, he slept most of the time til he was about 2 months old, only then did he start being more aware that no one was constantly holding him....