Trying to pull together an overview of a regular day from disjointed bits and pieces. Let's see how it goes.
11pm- Nat is having blood sugar problems, nightmares and night screaming because of being too high. Test him and decide not to give him more insulin because his Lantus should keep him stable overnight.
11:15- Geoff goes to sleep with Nat and try to settle him.
12:30- wake up and go wake Geoff to come back to our bed.
2:30- Go in to the girls and resettle Elizabeth. Back to bed.
5:30- Girls and Geoff are up. I take the girls down, get them juice and cookies, and put on Toy Story to keep them mostly quit until the boys get up. Sit on couch with both toddlers on my lap.
6:00- Geoff comes downstairs and says hello to the girls before leaving at 6:10.
6:30- Put on kettle and try to unload dishwasher. Girls help with it. Rewash a few of the dishes they've helped with.
6:35- Get roped into reading a board book I hate. Five times in a row.
6:40- Try to remember if I put the kettle on.
6:45- Make tea and ignore plaintive screaming to drink from my cup. It's too hot.
6:50- Wonder if I should feed the girls something other than arrowroot biscuits.
7:00- Hear Nat on the stairs. Say good morning to him and his stuffed frog. Girls have gotten out their cooking toys and Nat settles on the chair to watch the end of Toy Story.
7:15- Try to argue Nat into checking his blood sugar. Fail. Decide breakfast won't be until Thomas wakes up. Read another four board books to the girls. Change their diapers.
Watch everyone putter around while I check blogs and Facebook and try to decide if I should start the laundry now or wait until later.
8:30- Check Nat's blood sugar, try to figure out how many helpings of cereal he wants this morning, get his breakfast and everyone else's breakfast ready. Give Nat his injection, fetch milk, clean up milk, listen to girl tantrum about breakfast. Clean up, get more milk, get juice, eat bite of my granola, find girl at my knees begging for my granola. Give up and feed it to her. Hear strange voice from under the table. It's Nat, reading aloud from a board book. I guess he's done, then?
8:45- Clean up after breakfast and start shouting at the boys to get dressed. They start playing lego. Succeed in getting the dishes into the kitchen and piled before I have to go change a diaper and break up a fight over lego pieces.
9:00- Put on video and hope the girls don't die while I shower. They can open doors and get out of cribs. I just shower fast and hope everyone is still alive when I get out.
9:15- Out of shower and everyone is still alive. Answer Nat about whether Narnia is a real place by telling him I am going to Narnia when I die. Get into thorny conversation about how he doesn't ever want to die because there might not be Minecraft in Heaven.
9:30- Notice Miriam has a huge scratch on her face. Worry about how she got it while I was showering. Hug Thomas, who is part lap-cat and always wants to be hugged. Worry some more. Break up fight. Tell Thomas his drawing is very blue and it's a nice TARDIS.
10:00- Start dinner while the kids draw. Put on a story (internet audio book) while I cook and despair at the thought of four loads of laundry that need to be sorted, folded, and put away. Think about how I need to organize the entire pantry. Don't try. Call the bank on my parents' behalf, get phone call about children's appointments.
11:00- Dinner is made and in the fridge. Good. Laundry started in the machine but not sorted or folded because toddler help with laundry makes me want to die. Resolve to look over Nat's glucose monitor records and email his nurse about a sudden morning insulin resistance.
11:30- Wonder why I don't put all the children in boarding school. Look at the paper and crayons all over the floor and think about how I mopped it yesterday. Try not to die.
11:45- Start lunch, while putting the breakfast dishes in the dishwasher. Answer objections about how no one wants that for lunch. Nat stomps off. He doesn't want leftovers, peanut butter on bread, or cheese on crackers. He wants something impossible. Ignore him.
12:00 Remind Nat to wash his hands and do his blood sugar check. Calculate his dose while getting everyone milk, bread, butter, crackers, cucumber, juice, cold noodles (for Thomas), lefotvers (for me, which I eat standing up for a while).
12:05- Sit down to eat after giving Nat his injection. Girls both climb on my lap and start to eat my lunch. Give up. Leave them to it and go get a piece of bread in the kitchen.
Okay. It has taken me two days to get this far. I'll continue it sometime when I have more energy, like maybe in a week.