7:00 AM Damon is awake and hungry. Oh, and very vocal. I never have to wonder if he's awake. Well, except when he sleep talks... After his feeding, David takes him into the guest bedroom so that he does not wake up Dmitri.
7:30 AM Dmitri is awake, and sometime between now and 7:45 AM I make myself get up.
7:45 AM-8:30 AM Make breakfast & take a shower. Transfer laundry from washer to dryer so that I have pants to wear today! Check the weather.
8:30-8:45 Eat breakfast as a family. Most days it's steel cut oats. Occasionally it's homemade biscuits or toast from homemade bread, and/or eggs and fruit.
Oatmeal & Blueberries
8:45-10:15 Make and pack food for the day, as well as make dinner for tonight. I put beans that have been soaking into the crockpot, make homemade tortillas, pop popcorn on the stove, fill up water bottles, and put food into the mason jars and into the cooler. Fold the laundry out of the dryer. Dmitri is my little helper. And of course, I breastfeed Damon in there somewhere.
Dmitri making tortillas
10:15-10:45 The Great Rush begins. We dress Dmitri and Damon, make diaper changes, and pack the car. Double check that we have enough diapers/food/shoes for everyone.
A cooler full of snacks...
The accruing stash of stuff we have to bring with us in the mornings...
The beginning of the long day in and out of the car.
10:45-11:00 We drive to campus through 12 traffic lights and a slew of jay-walking "sorostitutes" in oversized t-shirts, leggings or Nike shorts, and rain boots/ UGG boots/ other miscellaneous boots. I drop David off at class, and I usually head to a park.
11:05...Boo. It starts to rain despite the forecast. So, I turn around. Rain is a pretty big downer when you have a two-year-old in the car most of the day. I head towards the rainy-day back up plan: the library!
11:07 I remember that I have been driving with my gaslight on. So I stop and put $50 in my tank. I would have taken a photo, but I had two crying babies in the car.
11:20-11:55 Read/play/breastfeed at the library
Reading at the library
11:55-12:10 I have to plan for at least 15 minutes to get the littles in the car. Especially to avoid a tantrum. And we decided it was time for a snack.
Snack time in the car
12:10-12:30: We drive back to campus, where we pick David up. I usually breastfeed Damon in the car, and then I jump out and head to class.
12:30-1:45 Class! It's not always exciting, but I almost always look forward to getting to sit for an hour and fifteen minutes uninterrupted and child-free.
1:45-3:15 I meet back up with David and the littles; pull a Chinese firedrill, and drop David off at class. It's right around naptime, so after feeding Damon, I usually use this time to run errands that require me to drive a lot so that Dmitri & Damon will go to sleep in the car. I am a part of a swap group, so I often schedule swaps to take place during this time. Today I swap some diapers that no longer fit for some Burt's Bees products that I can use. Other days, I drive out to a farm to pick up my weekly milk. Today, we still have some time to kill after swapping, so I head to the park for about 20 minutes.
Dmitri checks out the swap goods.
Happy Swinging Baby
3:15-3:30 Pick up David and breastfeed Damon in the car before heading to class again!
4:45-5:30 Driving, driving, driving. I drop David off at the neuroscience lab that he is working at and head home in 5 o'clock traffic. Both little ones whine the whole way home.
5:30-6:00 Dinner time for me and Dmitri. I make burritos from the beans and tortillas that I made this morning.
6:00-7:00 Dishes and cleaning up the mess that we made in the morning! Throw in a load of laundry.
7:00-7:20 The little ones are exhausted, whiny, and just need to go to sleep. So I change diapers, load them in the car, and head to pick up David a little early...
7:20-7:50 Sitting in the car....waiting on David, who is running late. Luckily, both babies are asleep.
Crappy iPhone photos of my sleeping babies. It's been a long day! Such troopers.
7:50-8:05 Pick up David! Driving home, at last.
8:05-9:30 I'm exhausted. A little cleaning, a little reading, more laundry, and I am ready to call it a night.