Friday, August 17, 2012

Are We Nearly At September?

I have enjoyed the summer holiday much more than I thought I would. Compared to last year and the year before it just gets better. (That's a statement about motherhood in general btw.) Little things include noticing that I now say, "put your shoes on," rather than, "sit down so I can put on your shoes." When did that happen?

However, I'm happier with some sort of routine. I seem to have the ability to relax so much that everything goes out the window - meals, bedtime, bath, shopping, even getting dressed some days. And then suddenly I don't like it.

Take today for example. All we have to do is go to the shops and buy some food for the weekend. Meanwhile we are both still in pyjamas and I'm still urging DD to finish her breakfast (of which she has had about two bites). Did I mention that it's now 11 o'clock and the shops here shut at 2 pm on a Friday?

It's not always like this. We have spent a day at the zoo, a day by the sea, our first proper play date without mummies, and yesterday we went to visit friends for the day. Next week we have another pool day and another seaside day and I expect we will go to the zoo again. We take the bike out to the park most afternoons (well even I can get my act together by 5pm). We haven't done the canals in Independence Park yet so we'd better do that next week as well.

You see there is only one week left. You wouldn't think it by the lack of building activity for DD's new nursery across the road. After two days breaking ground and clearing all the rubble (but only as far as a rubble mountain at the back of the plot) everything seems to have stopped. Ho hum...

On the other hand, my house is a mess and each evening it gets harder and harder to find the motivation to tidy up the toys before it all comes out again the next morning.

In short, I've had enough. I'm ready for September. I'm ready for a routine and a timetable with nicely contained hours or half hours in which to relax and play. Activities that have to be finished after a certain period so that the next one can be fitted in - even if it's just bath and bed by a reasonable time. These endless days of 'do-what-you-like' stretching forever and beyond into the middle of the night (it seems) are doing me in. That's all.

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  1. I have days with Little A where aren't dressed and its 10.30 am! It sounds like you have had a wonderful Summer with DD though, but I can fully understand you wanting the routine back again. Have a lovely weekend! X

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    1. Thanks OM. Off to bed to dream about work and routine...

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  2. I hate to say it, but even if you are done in, your DD is clearly having a fabulous summer, which makes you a wonderful Mum :) x

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    1. Thanks Candi, that's nice of you to say. I wonder if she isn't getting a bit bored by all this just playing though.

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  3. Oh boy, am I with you! I do love the hols and the extra time with my kids (I think) but juggling work and continual clamourous childcare is a headache and routine is my ballast. I'm an old lady at heart!

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    1. I know, I think I like it and in theory I do. But the reality is exhausting.

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  4. Come on park people!! I know what you mean about having had enough. Having said that, mine go back in a couple of days, and I am actually quite sad about it too! :D

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    1. LOL - I have no doubt that I'll be yearning for the more relaxed pace in about two weeks.

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  5. In the US, the kids have been on vacation for 11 weeks!!They have had a great summer but I am ready for routine and to claim my house and some hours back for myself....I know when there's homework, after school activities, evening meetings and early wake ups I will regret saying all of this...but right now I'm with you Rachel.
    Gilly

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    1. I wrote this last Friday and it's now Monday night - I think I can hold out until next Monday but it's touch and go. :/

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  6. It's a bit like that old adage about busy people finding the time to do more than those who have all the time n the world!

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  7. It's a bit like that old adage about busy people finding the time to do more than those who have all the time n the world!

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    1. I agree. I've had endless hours with nothing urgent to do and I've done nothing, not even the non-urgent stuff which would have been nice to get done nevertheless.

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