6 AM to 7:30 AM: Wake up, nurse the baby. Brush teeth and change from PJ’s into workout clothes. Mike cooks bacon for the older boys. Prep sippy cups. Once they wake at 6:35, do potty breaks, diaper changes, clothes and shoes for school, and breakfast (with Mike’s help). Pack up four bottles for Son#3.
7:30 AM to 8:05 AM: Drop three boys at preschool. Almost break down in tears because the older boys are being rambunctiously noisy, wrestling, laughing, and gleefully shrieking defiance at me when I scold them.
8:05 AM to 8:20 AM: Drive home from preschool, taking the opportunity to call the doctor and schedule an appointment for Son#3 (yeast infection). Call preschool and ask them to have Son#3 ready for pickup at 1:30 PM.
8:20 AM: Chug down a double espresso with MCT oil, fill up a running bottle, grab Garmin watch and Bluetooth headphones.
8:25 AM to 9:05 AM: Warm up, jog 5K.
9:05 AM to 9:40 AM: Shower, dress, hair, and makeup. Pack up breastmilk equipment and cooler bag.
9:40 to 10:05 AM: Drive to office meeting, hands-free pumping all the way. Moooooo. Rinse out pumping equipment and store breastmilk in cooler.
10:05 to 11:45 AM: Monday office meeting
11:45 AM to 12 PM: Drive to Sam’s Club.
12 PM to 12:45 PM: Buy toilet paper, bacon, etc. Buy snacks for Son#1’s party in two weeks. Marvel at the crazy crowds, then realize that people are stocking up for the storm this weekend.
12:45 PM to 1:10 PM: Drive home. Unpack groceries. Gulp down another double espresso with MCT oil.
1:10 PM to 1:30 PM: Call preschool and remind them of 1:30 pickup. Drive over to pick up Son#3 while pumping breastmilk. Mooooo. Rinse out pumping equipment and store breastmilk in cooler.
1:30 to 2:15 PM: Drive Son#3 over to doctor. Confirm that he has yeast infection/jock itch and that diaper cream makes it worse; confirm that patches on his face are eczema and should be moisturized; receive reassurance that his cold is not serious and his lungs sound fine.
2:15 PM to 2:40 PM: Take Son#3 to Target to buy medicated lotions for both conditions
2:40 PM to 3 PM: Drop Son#3 off at preschool. Discuss medications and treatment with preschool ladies; fill out forms.
3 PM to 4 PM: Drive to Publix. Use opportunity to call MyGym and ask about upcoming party logistics for Son#1. Grocery shopping.
4 PM to 4:15 PM: Drive home and unpack groceries
4:30 PM to 5 PM: Pick basil from backyard and make caprese salad; sit and eat lunch while pumping. Mooooooooo!
5 PM to 5:30 PM: Fix dinner: chicken thighs, dipped in melted butter and mustard then coated in breadcrumbs and parmesan, for Mike; chicken thighs covered in cheddar cheese for me. Put in oven.
5:30 PM to 6:15 PM: Vacuum disgusting floor around dinner table (Son#2 threw rice everywhere) and playroom (Belvita and cereal bar crumbs abound). Set table, pour milk, uncork and pour wine. Mix up pumpkin bread batter and put into oven when chicken is done; chicken goes into bottom oven on Keep Warm.
6:15 PM to 7:15 PM: Boys home! Feed fussy Son#3 a bottle while Mike handles dinner with the older kids. Change Son#3’s diaper and put him down for a nap, then supervise the end of dinner for Son#2. With Mike’s help, get both boys sitting on the potty.
7:15 PM to 7:30 PM: Eat chicken and steamed green beans. Sip at glass of wine.
7:30 PM to 8 PM: Put away leftovers. (Mike clears table as always – much appreciated!) Wipe up from potty, brush teeth, get boys into pajamas, prep overnight sippy cups and teethers, read bedtime story.
8 PM to 8:50 PM: Unload drainboard and dishwasher, reload dishwasher, scrub baking dishes and mixing bowls. (Thank god, Mike deals the nightly drama of Sons 1 and 2 – climbing out of bed, insisting on potty breaks, turning off the white noise machine, crawling under beds, etc. – and finally puts Son#2 in the baby’s crib.)
8:50 PM to 9:15 PM: Try on dresses and shoes for upcoming work VIP Gala. Ask Mike to take pictures to ascertain which dress photographs better.
9:15 PM to 9:50 PM: Return to kitchen to complete washing up. Slice and box pumpkin bread for boss’s mom (broken hand) and preschool teacher (lost a granddaughter). Write sympathy cards to both. Box up extra pumpkin bread for team members at office. Write and mail thank you notes to Bro #2 and dad.
9:50 to 10:30 PM: Nurse the baby, change diaper (medicated creams!), and put Son#3 to sleep (Mike having moved sleeping Son#2 back to his own bed)
10:30 PM to 11:15 PM: Make my lunch for tomorrow. Prep sippy cups for big boys. Make four bottles for Son#3. Wipe down counters. Finish glass of wine.
11:15 PM to 11:30 PM: Brush teeth, wash face, etc.
11:30 PM to 11:45 PM: Collapse into bed. Read for 10 minutes. Go to sleep!
P.S. I wouldn’t trade a minute of my wonderful life. But it doesn’t leave time for blogging 🙂