Or at least I’m trying to get there! Things are still a little crazy around here a week and a half after Luke’s birth. We started school back on Monday and while things are moving along, it’s still chaotic. I made some changes first off on Lilly’s lessons. I used to have her do every subject every day. I have since reduced her daily lessons by eight and there is a slightly different schedule every day. For examle, Science is now Mondays, Wednesdays, and Fridays, and History is on Tuesday and Thursdays. I have Art on Monday, Music on Tuesday through Thursday, and Life Skills on Friday. Some things are still every day by necessity, such as Math, Bible, and Language Arts. I also split up Funday Friday so that she has an even number of classes every day still. This means she get to play at least one game every day except Monday.
So far school seems to be going ok. Lilly has been getting done before middle of the night and getting better each day. It’s particularly good since I can’t seem to get classes started before 2pm. I wake up, usually around 9 or so (though it has been a little later some because of children keeping me up with colds… Mark keeps waking up in the middle of the night and refusing to go back to sleep unless everyone is in bed. And being as Shane has been spending all night awake several nights in a row, this becomes a battle of endurance. I still feel like I could really use a nap but I haven’t been taking one because I’ve been trying to get through school.) After I wake up, I have gotten back to making breakfast for kids. They’re happy about that. I guess there’s only so many days you can have oatmeal or grits before you need a change! Monday I let them eat cereal because I was still really tired. Tuesday I made omelets and grits and peaches. Yesterday I slept in and let them make oatmeal. And today I made sausage, egg, and cheese breakfast burritos.
I have also been baking some more. I have almost caught up on my baking list. I’d gotten behind a bit, but I made coffee cake, brownies, cinnamon rolls, plus some powdered sugar as I was running low, and I cheat and count that as one of my baking items for the week! I only have oatmeal chocolate chip cookies and rice krispy treats left to go on my list. You can tell everyone misses my baking. Nothing is lasting beyond a day after I make it. Normally stuff will last at least 2-3 days, but not this week.
I’m back to cooking dinners myself again, and even tidying up a bit in the kitchen as I go instead of leaving it all for kids to clean up. Tonight seems to be an exception because the kids are fighting over who does what for cleaning up. The teens are getting on to Lilly for not washing dishes from earlier today and she is doing homework and basically won’t wash any more at the moment unless I enforce some discipline. Right now I’m too annoyed at the pettiness of the entire thing to even bother. I need one pot washed to make dinner and it’s like pulling teeth to get the older kids to get it clean for me. So I’m going to heat up leftovers for the little kids for dinner and let the older ones go hungry or fend for themselves since they’re being idiots tonight. It’s a constant battle getting them to do their chores and tonight I’m just tired of it. There reaches a point where it’s beyond ridiculous.
I haven’t gotten back to doing all my chores on Monday, but that has more to do with lack of rouine, change in routine, having to be available to Luke at a moment’s notice more than it does me not having energy. My energy levels are fine actually. I feel pretty good truth be told. But a newborn that breastfeeds is time consuming and that’s a simple fact. However I am more or less done with everything I normally have done by Monday as soon as I submit this post! The only weekly task left on my agenda is shopping and I always wait till Friday (payday!) for that.
Things still aren’t like clockwork. We still have a lot of work still to do just on a “now that I’m not pregnant” basis, but it is getting there. It still feels incredibly chaotic but we’re working it out. I know from past experience that it won’t take too long before thing start to fall into their natural rhythm. I just hope it happens sooner than later! I’m ready for some normal!