Tuesday, February 22, 2011

A newborn, a toddler AND a school run.

Yep our first born started kindy this year and it happened to conincide with the birth of our third. Well within a week of each other. So the first school run (we've chosen to send her to a Christian school about a 10 minute drive from our house) I had to do was when Dhiraj was 2 weeks old. Boy was it stressful! I got overwhelmed with trying to get everything done before I took Kalyani and her two brothers to school. Like hanging out two loads of washing, unpacking and packing the dishwasher, getting three kids fed (including BF a newborn), cleaned up and dressed, two nappies to change there. Then also saying goodbye to hubby on his way to work, making a school lunch and packing Kalyani's school bag. All this on 4 hours of sleep! Ok no wonder I was a very grumpy Mum and wife that morning! And forgot some of things I needed to send Kalyani to school with.

The second time I did the school run a week later (we had a couple of absences due to illness and Mum being adverse to rushing around) I lowered my expectations. This time I aimed at getting the kids fed and dressed and doing the prep for school. All the cleaning up could be done when I got home. It was a lot less stressful!

A week later again and I actually managed to do some of both. It helped that we have been starting the day around 6am (Dhiraj's first feed for the day) so I have plenty of time. Also I'm still trying to fit less jobs in before the time we need to go. Hopefully we are getting into some kind of routine that involves a more peaceful, calm Mum!

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