7.15am – alarm rouses me. Haul myself out of bed, get dressed, turn the heating up, have a bowl of cereal and a cup of coffee.
7.45 – Daughter arrives with the boys and Amy. They are dressed but haven’t yet had breakfast, cereal and toast all round.
8.15 – Make sure that the boys have both used th potty. Start getting everyones hats, coats and mittens on.
8.30 – Into the car, do battle with the harnesses on the car seats, drive to Amy’s school.
8.45 – Everyone out of the car. Walk to school. Admire evry leaf, twig and bus between the car and school.
8.55 – Arrive at school. Kiss Amy good bye and make our way back to the car.,
9.20 – Home again. Tidy up the breakfast debris, load the wahing machine. Play make believe with the boys, sneaking off to make the bed and clean the bathroom.
10.20 – Get the pushchair out. Encourage the boys to use the potty, Louis did, Jamie declined. Hats, coats and mittens on again, find a toy each to take to music. Boys in pushchair, walk to music group. Jamie wants a wee, will not use the toilet until Nanny and Louis have demonstrated that toilets are safe.
10.45 – 12.30 – Music group followed by quick visit to shops. Boys both fall asleep in the pushchair. Arrive home and leave boys sleeping in pushchair. Post has arrived whilst I’m out, appointment from Workplace Health, wonderful, except it’s for 1.30pm this afternoon! Phone them up. Tell them it’s impossible, not enough notice. They tell me that the next available appointment is in a month. I tell hem that my only recourse will be go off sick until I can see them, suddenly they can see me tomorrow. Hang washing out.
12.45 – Louis wakes. Grumpy and just wants cuddles with Nanny.
1pm – Jamie wakes. Get the boys lunch.
1.45pm – Boys playing happily. Jamie falls backwards and hits head on skirting board, large lump appears immediately. Lots of cuddles and cold flannel on bump. Start cooking dinner.
2.25pm – Hats, mittens coats and wellies on. Walk through woods to collect Amy from school. Very, very muddy.
3.15pm – Arrive at the school. Chat to Amy’s teachers about her hearing, they agree that there may be a problem. Walk home. Both boys fall over in mud. Louis gets stuck in the mud, Nanny lifts him out and leaves his wellies behind, thank heavens we have the pushchair with us.
4.40pm – Arrive home, cold and muddy. Change everyone’s clothes, warm drinks all round. Recommence cooking dinner. Get washing in.
5.15pm – Children up to the table, bibs all round as it’s spag bol.
5.50pm – Daughter arrives to collect her brood. Stops for a chat and a coffee.
6.30 – Everyone leaves, tidy up the debris.
6.45 – Hubby eating dinner, I’m too tired to eat.
Days off are so relaxing.