Okay, I raise my hand and confess- my name is Becky and I’m a routineaholic. Call me anal, but whilst I adore Christmas and all that comes with it- the PJ days spent lazing around, the fact we’re not actually tied to going anywhere at any particular time, a lot more telly and later nights all round – a big part of me really thrives on a bit of structure and knowing what the plan is for the following day. I love a plan!
The children were fabulous over Christmas, and we had loads of fun with them, but even they are much better behaved and less grumpy when we’re in our normal routine. I don’t know about you, but our two are the sort of small people that could go to bed at 7pm and wake at 6-6.30am (or earlier, if they’re taking the piss), and they could go to bed at 8,9,10pm (this happened over the festive period at times) and STILL wake at 6am, even though it’s dark outside and there is nothing obvious that’s waking them up. I swear, if we’re ever short of cash, I should sell their bodies to science as they clearly have some crazy internal alarm that tells them to wake at the same time regardless of how much sleep they’ve had. Drives us mad, and means we never, ever get a lie in *wails* Just stroppy children. Which are no one’s friend.
This week Freddie has gone back to preschool, Sasha has gone to my Mum’s on her two days (and will be joining F at preschool next week, eek!), Adam has gone back to work and my inner calm has been restored. Don’t get me wrong , I love having them all around, but it now means I can crack on with my social media management work, source and photograph some more stock for ‘What Would Irene Do?’ without feeling rushed, and generally enjoy wafting around the place in peace. There are less fights to break up as they have some time apart from each other, I don’t have to think what we can do for a WHOLE day when the weather is pants (I am okay at planning crafts/activities in bursts, but in any case, my two will have Tasmanian Deviled their way through Organised Fun within 15 minutes) and we all feel better for a little time apart from one another.
Am I the only one who feels this way or am I a FREAK?! I speak to others who say they are so, so sad their children are returning to school/nursery after the holidays, where as I smile and nod and think ‘WEIRDO’! I don’t meant to do my awesome family a disservice but we all seem to do better once ‘normal life’ resumes!
*what happens after 3 weeks of Christmas madness
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