Monday, October 27th, 2014
I woke up this morning just before 8am to a squirmy Abby in the cradle beside the bed. I pulled her into bed beside me to nurse her, to convince her to sleep longer. I was up late last night. I have bedtime problems. Shortly after, Eli woke up on the other side of me asking his usual “Where’s Abby? I want to hold her”. I sent him to have his morning pee first. “Ok, I am a big boy, I will do it ALL BY MYSELF!” When Eli came back, Rob came in to give us all a kiss and said how much he wanted to just stay home with us today. I asked if it was too late to call in sick. It was.
After Rob left for school, the three of us snuggled in bed for a bit longer. Eli talks to Abby in a squeeky mothery voice – “Abigabe Yo Abby Dadabby. You are such a big girl, don’t worry, don’t cry – I am here, look mommy is right here too – you’re ok… I love you so, so, so, so, so much.” He was also asking me to talk to him about monkeys, carrots, bunnies and cookies. We also talked about “daddy’s school” and he asked where every one of his friends currently was (I said sleeping). All of a sudden he is finished snuggling and pulled me out of bed – “I want Peppa Pig on the pI-pad! Come with me mommy!” – although he got temporarily distracted at the CD player, turned on Big Bird singing Old MacDonald and started singing. (lately he has been mixing up two songs – “And on that farm there was a dog, B-I-N-G-O and Bingo was his name-o.”)
We went downstairs, I put Abby in the swing, made a coffee (with milk and chocolate syrup), made us some bowls of Shreddies and pulled up Peppa Pig. I checked my instagram and twitter feeds and sent a couple of messages. We talked about what time the big analogue clock says, got dressed and I nursed Abby while Eli jumped on the mattress trampoline (keeping a close eye on him yesterday he was really barfy.) We got our hats and mittens and coats on and went out the door. Eli inspected his witch pumpkin and wondered why I hadn’t yet fixed the eye and ran to the car – climbing over the seats to get to his own. We listened to Kids Place Live and drove to the Davidson Centre. “There it is mommy!”
We were the first ones at Kindergym this morning – Laia and Aly (our weekly Monday playmates) were running a bit late. Eli played with two new girls and I realized that my bright blue argyle socks didn’t really match my black/white damask sling, or my pink umbrella scarf. Oops. Our friends arrived and Eli was so excited, but the two kiddos were having a tough time playing together today. Crankiness ensued on all sides. We finished in the gym, and went outside to the Blue park to play on the slides and the leaves. Our playdate was cut short because of hunger and sleepiness, I succumbed to the fast food beast again for a late lunch and then we went home.
I left Abby sleeping in the carseat inside the door and we had our nuggets. Eli wanted to watch some “surprise egg” videos and Itsy Bitsy Spiderman. I let him be, put Abby in my brown embroidered owl mei tei carrier and I emptied and loaded the dishwasher, and changed the garbage. I put on the soundtrack to the Book of Mormon musical and snacked on chocolate covered pretzels and sour keys.
As we waited for Rob to come home from work, we did a pirate puzzle and played some Spiderman+Green Goblin action figures. I was the Green Goblin as always, throwing pumpkin bombs. Rob came home and hugged/kissed us and turned on Blogged50 on Songza, opened the mail and called his mom. Abby woke up ready for a meal, and Rob and Eli played chase and wrestling while she nursed. My mom called to let us know that they were home from their month-long Europe adventure and chatted with Eli about Halloween.
Rob left at 6pm for the gym and we had some dinner. I packed up the kiddies, dropped off my municipal election ballot at the voting poll and headed over to Erin’s for a La Leche League meeting. There were a bunch of older kids for Eli to play with tonight, and we celebrated our 4th year anniversary with a cake. Afterwards, we drove around looking at Halloween decor in town and came home to a clean house (thanks Rob!). Rob and Eli went to bed, I put Abby in the swing and turned on season two of Drop Dead Diva. It is 12:08 now. I guess Monday is officially over. I really, really should go to sleep….
* A Week in the Life is an idea created by the ever-inspiring Ali Edwards. It is an annual seven-day documentary capturing the simple details of everyday life with photos and words. Staying motivated by Jess Forster, Joelene , Aly and everyone hash-tagging #weekinthelife on Instagram. I plan to type up my words every night on the blog with a handful of photos (I have 65 photos from today to go through) – and after this week is over, I will do some designing and printing of theses pages to put into a book of some sort. I will post it.