Monday, January 31, 2011

Menu Plan Monday - Jan 31

Finally January is on the way out. Granted we still have February to get through and we're expecting a big ice storm this week. I'm praying it misses us since I only have 1 day of time off left after maternity leave. We can't afford for schools to be closed. Plus, I'm just over winter. I'm ready for spring.

I've linked up this menu to Menu Plan Monday over at

Sunday: Breakfast skillet burritos and yogurt

Monday: Turkey Goulash and salad

Tuesday: Italian beef and potato chips

Wednesday: Sausage & wild rice soup with grilled cheese

Thursday: Leftovers

Friday: Out to Eat

Saturday: Shake and bake pork chops, couscous, veggie

Friday, January 28, 2011

A Typical Day

I've been back to work for 2 weeks now and while I love it, it's exhausting. Here's a typical day:

5:00am - take shower and get ready for work
6:00am - wake little A and nurse E
6:30am - get both little A and E ready
7:00am - leave house
7:30am - drop kids at daycare
8:00am - get to work and start day
9:00am - pump
11:30am - pump and eat lunch
1:30pm- pump
3:30pm - pump
5:00pm - leave work and head home
5:30pm - be attacked by E and talk to little A and B about their days
6:00pm - start dinner (usually still trying to hold E and entertain little A) and wash diapers
7:00pm - eat dinner (yup, it took an hour to make pancakes last night with all the distractions)
7:30pm - nurse E
8:00pm - read books and put little A to bed
9:00pm - load dishwasher and wash bottles
9:30pm - nurse E and try to put her to bed
10:30pm - go to bed myself
12:30am - get up and nurse E
2:30am - get up and nurse E
4:30am - get up and nurse E

Are you exhausted yet? Remember that in each of these there are also 3 other kids around. Add in the fact that E can't tolerate caffeine and that makes for one tired mommy! The boys are usually with a friend or in their rooms as teens are apt to do. When they're at the house B is usually wrangling them or doing some other random task that needs done. Last night, S actually hung out in the kitchen w/ me while I cooked and played with little A so we got to talk.

I still wouldn't change it for a thing. I am not cut out to be a full time stay at home mom, but have immense respect and awe for women who are. I also wouldn't be as fulfilled just working. Things may be crazy but I love this life.