Starting kindergarten has changed up our usual routines. Before the alarm went off at 4:45 and Paige and I would take our time getting ready in the morning, leaving the house by 6:15. Ronnie has to be at work at 5:30 so he’s always gone before us in the morning. I would fix a quick breakfast-y snack for Paige knowing she would eat a full breakfast there around 8. After I got off work I would drive that hour home while Ronnie cooked dinner. We had a nice little routine going on. Then school started.
Now I’m up and moving with Ronnie at 4:30. I do a few things to get ready for the day, then jump back into our bed for a quick snuggle with Paige. (No, she doesn’t sleep with us. She wakes up slow in the mornings and a quick snuggle with Mama is usually enough to get her up and going without a lot of complaints.) She and I are up and moving by 5:15. Ronnie heats up a breakfast that we’ve already mostly made. Things like frozen breakfast burritos that I made and froze, smoothie packets I’ve got in the freezer, or even French Toast Sticks from Sams. I finish packing lunches (both mine & hers) while she eats. By now Ronnie has left for work and it’s me and Paige to finish out the morning. With the change in traffic patterns we now have to be out the door by 6.
Ronnie gets Paige in the afternoon and has to do homework with her while also cooking dinner. He’s juggling as much as I am, if not more. Paige no longer gets a nap everyday and that makes her super cranky in the evenings. It’s taken us a couple of weeks to get into a routine. We’ve tried a few other things but they haven’t worked as well. We’re still trying to get the hang of this school thing. Ronnie has let his boss know he can’t travel for a while. We need to get things running smooth here again before we add the stress of him being out of town for a couple of weeks and it all being up to me. I’m definitely not ready for that.