Where we left our heroine at the end of the last episode, she was on her way to pick Minnow up from daycare. Work day’s over right? Should be smooth sailing from here to midnight. Maybe, maybe not.
(Note to Lab Lemming: Don’t worry about the time to type up these posts. They were compiled from short emails I sent to myself throughout the day…this is lazy blogging.)
5:20 Arrive at daycare. Have the following conversation:
Teacher 1: So-and-so’s parents just had a baby boy.
Teacher 2: Yeah, and Tyler’s parents are having a girl.
Me: Tyler’s mom is pregnant? Seems like everyone in Minnow’s class has younger siblings here or on the way.
Teacher 1: (to Minnow) Better tell your momma and daddy to get busy.
Me (in my head, screaming): I’ve got an unemployed a husband, a job that’s never done even after 60 hour work weeks, and a marriage that’s still on somewhat shaky ground, the last thing I need is someone telling me it’s time to be pregnant again.
Me (out loud): Well, maybe once Minnow is weaned and potty-trained. For now it’s sort of unimaginable. I need my own body back for a while.
Teacher 1: She’s still nursing? Really? I knew someone who nursed their kid until he was 3. I couldn’t believe it when I found it…and he talked so well.
5:30 Escape classroom. Nurse minnow in front seat of car.
5:50 Arrive home. Play with Minnow and neighbor boy in front yard until it’s too dark and the kids are too whiny.
6:10 Nurse minnow.** Again. What does she think I have? 4 boobs? I gotta teach the kid to count.
6:20 I’m famished. Minnow refuses to eat. Instead she wants to turn all the light switches in the house off and on, feed her food to Princess Pup, climb in my lap…and nurse.
6:50 Minnow’s dinner has consisted of 2 apple wedges, 3 oz. of diluted apple juice, 1 saltine, 2 Kix, whipped cream, and breast milk. Greens, rice, and refusal of breast milk caused repeated meltdowns. Is this still the time change? Or is it that she was up so early this morning?
7:00 to 7:25 (not exaggerating) Minnow runs around naked between her two potties, insisting that she’s going to pee pee and not actually doing so. While on the potties we read Goodnight Moon, Brainy Baby, and Come over to my house. Minnow prefers her books upside down.
7:31 Complete meltdown as we attempt to get some jammies on her. Flailing limbs, screaming, the whole bit. Poor kid, she’s so tired. Nurse to calm down.
7:38 Jammies on. A bit of of quiet fun in the bedroom as Minnow tries to scale her dresser drawers in pursuit of the elusive box of wipes and diaper cream. She’s obsessed with wipes and cream.
7:42 Lights off. Singing, nursing, cuddling, pulling slippers off and on (“my turn”), drinking “wa-we” from a cup, etc. Someone is wide awake.
8:02 Minnow decides to read “The Gingerbread Man” to herself, upside down in the dark. Apparently the Gingerbread Man growls like a bear. But I can understand the confusion in the dark.
8:13 Minnow is on about her fifth time through the book. “Should the book go night night?” “No.” “Does Minnow want to go night night with her book?” “Yea.” I set her in her crib. “Night night mommy.” And she’s back to her book. No further sound is heard after I close the door.
8:15 I give a status update to Fish who’s on monitor duty for the next couple of hours. He’s playing computer games with the TV blaring behind his back.
8:30 I sit down at the computer to pay bills and work and end up updating this narrative instead.
8:45 Bills are paid, checkbooks balanced. We’re going to make it to the next payday without dipping into savings this time. Yay!
9:30 Go through afternoon of work email, send various paperwork to budget office who of course needs it ASAP but took 2 days to reply to my email about what they needed and when.
9:50 Reminded that I’m really het up about something right now. Spend most of next hour writing and reading blog posts and writing to politicians. I hope they listen. Unfortunately, this does not count as my InaDWriMo for the day.
10:45 Finally get to work on my paper revisions. Work steadily for next…hey, wait it’s midnight. I get to stop logging now. Does that mean my work is done? No? Oh.
work until 12:38 when Minnow wakes up hungry… and it begins again.
Oh, but don’t forget the sweetest part of the day. When I was rocking and cuddling with Minnow before bedtime, I asked “Can you say ‘I love you Mommy?'” And she actually said it, for the first time ever. “I wuv do Mommy.” Most beautiful words I’ve ever head.
**All nursing initiated by Minnow and ineffectively resisted by me.