....and that pretty much sums up our week so far.
The combination of school, one nap a day, and the occasional later bedtime is kicking our butts, big time. Several nights in the past week one of the girls has fallen asleep in my lap while having their pre-bedtime milk... which has virtually never happened before. And, well, you see how they look on other afternoons.
Just when I was starting to enjoy the flexibility that came with a slightly later bedtime, it looks like they might need to go to bed earlier again, at least on school nights. It just goes to show that you can't count on any regularity for too long with toddlers, I guess. I have loosened up a little on activities and such that keep us out past the old 7:00 bedtime. Our church played in a softball league this summer, and the girls and I went to several games. They had a blast running around and watching all the people, and some nights we were able to stay out until after 8:00. I wouldn't have believed it before, but guess what? We all survived just fine!
Along with staying up later, A & M are sleeping a little later in the mornings fairly often. Which is great, especially on Saturdays. The only thing is that it has sort of thrown our morning routine a little out of sorts. The girls used to get up and go into the playroom to hang out while I took a shower and got ready for work. Well....it hasn't exactly been working that way lately. They have gotten a LOT more clingy in the mornings, and Mackenzie especially wants me to hold her (nearly impossible to do while applying makeup). After several tearful and whiny mornings last week, I broke down and put a tv in our bedroom, hoping they would sit and watch Mickey Mouse while I got ready in our bathroom where they can see me. It has helped a little (I couldn't hear the screaming over the hair dryer this morning, which is an improvement), and I'm hoping they will settle into a good routine again soon. Jeremy is great about getting up to help me, but I know it's hard on him since he doesn't get home from work until 2:00 a.m.
Any ideas? How do you manage to get ready (or get anything done?) in the mornings?
Whew, can I complain about anything else in this post? If you're still reading, I'm sorry for the lack of interesting reading today. : ) We actually had a pretty great long weekend for Labor Day, with busy days to keep our busy girls happy. I've had kind of a topsy-turvy week at work, but I'm getting sorted out, so maybe I'll be back on my game soon.
Hope everyone is having a great week!