I think it’s safe to say that we’re finally starting to get into a rhythm around here. There are still a couple of things that need to be ironed out (for instance, I was downstairs ALL night with the baby so Jessica could get a full night of sleep. For the record, leather sofas make better things to sit in than sleep in), but overall things are going smoothly.
On bath nights, we have dinner and then the bath-time routine begins. Jessica runs the water for Brenna’s bath, Eli then takes a shower, Jessica then runs a bath for ‘N’ and then ‘A’ takes a shower. All in all, it’s going well enough that we have the kids pretty much wrapped up and ready for bed by 8:00.
After hugs, kisses, and “goodnights” all around, I go and chat with the three older kids (topic of conversation always starts with talking about what was good about their day), while Jessica sits with ‘N’ until he is ready to fall asleep. ‘N’ is doing much better sleeping through the night (at first he’d wake up several times throughout and we’d have to tell him to go back to sleep), but getting there is still taking some work. I then take the baby downstairs and if he is ready to go to sleep, lay him down and go walk Barcelona. If he’s not ready to sleep, I wait for Jessica to come downstairs and then walk her.
Generally the time of night that I get up and to bed varies because we have not quite figured out the best routine for ‘A2’ yet. Jessica will typically go to bed between 9:30 and 10:00 and I will typically stay up until ‘A2’ wakes up, anywhere between 10:30 and midnight. The problem with this routine is that sometimes he’ll wake up, feed, get his diaper changed and then go right back to sleep and other times he’ll be up until 2:30 or so. And if I take him upstairs while he’s sleeping during that 8:00 to 10:30 window, he will wake up at around 2:00 and then be up until 4:00 or 5:00.
We did recently conclude, however, that if we let him cry for about five minutes, he generally goes to sleep. This is totally different behavior than what we got out of Eli and Brenna, who not only have a set of lungs, but had no problem using them until the cows came home. Believe me, that first night of a house full of cows made us rethink our strategies with them.
Mornings are running quite smoothly. We’re finding that getting four kids ready for school is not that much more difficult than it was to get two. Brenna is still a pain to wake up in the morning, but the others get up and the two olders are able to handle things themselves. ‘N’ just needs the attention and once in a while, Brenna still needs help with things like deciding what to wear and getting dressed (girls clothing is so much trickier than boys, that’s for sure).
By 7:30 the kids are downstairs, have had their breakfast and are ready to leave. Our goal is always for Jessica to get out the door with the kids no later than 7:40. We generally hit that goal.
Because it’s a pretty significant car load, Jessica has been using the Armada to take the kids to school, but the problem is that it does not get driven much and school is only about a mile or so away. This means that, if we’re not careful, the battery does not get fully charged and after a few days, especially when things get colder, it won’t turn over.
Because the Armada gets parked out front until the new garage is built, and the battery charger is in the garage in the back, when this happens, I have to pull the battery and take it to the garage. Believe it or not, it’s actually easier than running a cord to the car. So, that’s what I got to do this morning. Jessica had to cram all the kids into the Leaf (sans baby), and still, somehow, they all managed to get to school on time.
Eventually we’ll get the routine down. And, also, eventually, we’ll remember to run the Armada long enough to keep the battery charged.
*** Just figured out that the reason for the dead battery was because someone turned on all four of the interior lights.
Also learned today that when the garage breaker blows and the little car is parked, it is impossible to get in. Guess we should invest in an opener with a battery backup… it’d probably be dead, too, when we need it. ***