Two weeks in, and the girls are enjoying school so much. They seem to love playing with the other kids, singing new songs, and the activities they do make for plenty of new pretend play fodder. They are much more attune to the days of the week now. Our former markers were “the garbage truck comes on Mondays” and “Daddy is home on Saturdays and Sundays”. Now they are acutely aware of Tuesdays and Thursdays, too.
The only negative to date is that we’re still trying to find our groove with the girls’ school-day schedule.
Our daily schedule has been running along these lines:
6:30: get up
7:30: eat breakfast
11:30: eat lunch
12:15: snuggle on the couch to read books before nap
2:30: up from nap / eat snack
5:30: eat supper
6:45: start bedtime routine
7:15: girls in bed
Since the girls were born, I have stuck to a schedule. It’s VERY rare that we deviate from what we do every day…what works for us.
The girls’ school starts at 9:00. That allows us plenty of time to snuggle and play as usual in the mornings. The issue is that they don’t finish until 12:00. We come straight home, and I have lunch waiting…but it’s still usually about 1:00 when we are finishing our meal.
The girls are SO TIRED at the end of school. SO…VERY…TIRED.
We make it through lunch, and settle down with our books, and they still seem so utterly exhausted.
But…they’re STRUGGLING to settle down for nap time, especially Baby A.
Based on our occasional nap challenges over the past couple of years, I believe my girls to be pretty sensitive to time frames. If I miss their nap window by too much, it’s not a good thing. I think they get a second wind, and all bets are off.
Yesterday we had a really efficient lunch (the girls seemed to inhale their food). We read a handful of books, and they asked to go for nap. We were actually only a few minutes late to our usual schedule.
But y’all…it was bad. B-A-D.
After about 15 minutes of silence, Baby A started calling me…about her blanket…she needed potty…she wanted to sleep with me (which is not an option). Then Baby B was begging her sister to be quiet. “Sissy! Be quiet! We need to sleep! Please!!!”
I’ll spare the ugly details of the next hour, but our time-out chair got lots of use.
The rest of the afternoon was painful. The girls were so utterly exhausted, and that’s not good for anyone. We had a quick bath and started bedtime at 6:30. They were lights out at 6:45, and I didn’t hear one peep until 6:30 on the dot this morning.
I’ve hurried to adhere to our usual schedule, and that doesn’t seem to do the trick.
My next tact is to try to give them that 45-minute play / snuggle time after lunch, recognizing we’ll be going for our nap considerably later than usual.
This was one of my biggest reservations in them starting school. To date, I’ve been able to structure our days according to their schedule. I hate seeing my babies so uncomfortable.