The Nighttime Routine

I work full-time.  I get out of work at 5 and by the time I have gotten home its around 530-545 or so.  By the time I walk into my house it’s close to 6PM.  Instantly my baby needs to eat and my five-year old wants to tell me all about her day.  Seeing as how I have caught some miraculous second wind, I have learned how to master the nightly routine!

I put Aubree in her play-pen with her toys while I make her dinner and then I feed her while I listen to Hailie tell me all about her day.  Then I make dinner for Hailie and I while Aubree is content.  My husband works late usually 4 days a week, so on those nights, I have a great routine.  On the nights he is home, my routine seems to go completely out the window, ironically enough.

This has gotten significantly harder since Aubree can now crawl.  The minute she is put in any sort of contraption, i.e. the bouncer, circle of entertainment, or playpen these days;  she just looks at me like I am some sort of idiot because she can crawl so why on earth would she want to be stuck in one of these silly toys.  Clearly I am nuts.

Let me paint a picture for you.  Aubree has a fish monitor thing that is in her bedroom.  It doesn’t play music but it lights up the room and I pretend it keeps her entertained at night.  The other night, I think she is happily asleep and all of a sudden I hear her crying.  I walk into the room and she has somehow pulled the monitor into her bed and is standing on it.  Two feet and two hands on it.  She looks up at me like “I don’t know what happened but I am stuck and I am sad about it.”  I tried my best not to laugh in hysterics as I picked her up and then preceded to rearrange the room that night so we won’t run into that issue again.

Needless to say, it’s never a dull night here.  I try to do a load of laundry every other day so by the weekend, there is none left to do.  I try to clean or organize a room each day, because I get such little time with my kids on the weekend as is, that I really want to make sure we enjoy family time as much as possible.  Then I finally settle into bed after catching up on a few shows with the husband, and Aubree is up again.

Like she said, sleep is for the dead, right?