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4 kittens

The one about Frieda Kahlo

Posted on 2015.02.08 at 16:02

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parodie
parodie at 2015-02-10 08:43 (UTC) (Link)
Looks like you've got your ducks in a row.
(It had to be said)

I was recently given a movie to watch by someone who introduced it as "this was a terribly depressing movie which I found very hard to watch." Surprisingly enough, I still have not yet found time for it.

Incidentally, I would be rather curious to know how you survived single-parenting 4 children who are quite so young. Sounds brutal!
heebie-geebie
heebie_geebie at 2015-02-14 22:26 (UTC) (Link)
I am excitedly waiting for your duckling!

Single-parenting all four of them: the weekend is much, much harder for me than the week, because it's relentless. Fortunately, even though Jammies is traveling a lot for this racecar job, it should be mostly during the work-week.

During the week, it goes like this: wake up at 5:30. Get myself dressed, get the cat fed, get a bottle of milk ready for Ace, nurse Rascal if he's hungry. At 6, wake up Hawaii, Pokey, and Ace if they aren't already up. Get their teeth brushed, clothed, etc. At 6:30, cartoons start airing, and I go get breakfast ready for them, make sure their backpacks are packed, etc. At 6:50, I get Rascal up and changed. A little after 7, we turn off the TV, take dishes to the kitchen, get jackets and backpacks, get loaded up in the car, and start the drop-off routine. The last of them are dropped off by 8:20, and I usually get to work by 8:45.

All of a sudden I am going into way more detail than you ever wanted to know. I just got lost in the details...

The evening is harder, because I'm tired. The worst is the pick-up - they're squabbling and tired. When we get home, they watch cartoons while I get dinner going. Once we're all eating, the rest seems easy. Brush teeth, pick out clothes for tomorrow, storytime, bedtime.

After they go to bed, it sucks again, because it feels like there are endless tasks - dishes, kitchen, check kids' backpacks, scoop the kitty litter, prep for the next day - before I can go to bed. That's the other hardest part - I want to go to bed right after they do.
parodie
parodie at 2015-02-15 12:12 (UTC) (Link)
It turns out that the last few days of pregnancy make old friends come out of the woodwork. Suddenly everyone is emailing "just to say hi". :) Rather charming, but of course there's not much to say...

From your description, it sounds like the answer is similar to the how one parents 4 children answer - lots and lots of routine and predictable schedules. And I dislike the evening cleaning/next-day prep even when it's just for me, so I can only imagine how much more exhausting it would be after a long day like that. One of my fears around having small children is actually the early evening exhaustion - coping with my own while dealing with cranky children. I am trusting that I will find good strategies as I grow into it (at some point there is no choice but to find a way to cope, right?).
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