Today is the last day the Trousdell Five are off together - tomorrow Jordan goes back to work. I am on the one hand dreading it, but on the other hand, ready to tackle mothering three kids on my own. We have had a great 4 weeks. We took a few days at the beginning to figure things out, but after that we have been making the most of this time off. Garden beds are weeded and planted. Closets and drawers are organized, 3 garbage bags of donations later. Boys' clothes are sorted and divided into age appropriate bins. And most impressively, the rec room has had paint, new wall treatments, window covering, lights and flooring. Jordan is a work horse, but he has mostly loved every minute of it. I think however, some part of him is probably happy to go back to work for a holiday!
I am nervous, but I think I will be ok as long as I am always one step ahead of the kids. No more waiting to pump till they wake up because I won't have Jordan to start bottling them when they are crying. No more waiting to shower until Jordan gets things under control. No more sitting down to eat a nice lunch. Set the alarm to get up before them to pump and shower. Draw up all their meds for the day so I'm not fumbling when they are starving. Prepare lots of snacks so I can eat throughout the day. Plan Rio's day so she's not saying "I'm bored" 57 times an hour.
Thankfully Jordan's mom is coming down to give a hand for this first set so it will be a good trial run. Then as of the following Monday I am really flying solo. Lots of pep talks and self affirmations, and we'll all survive. Maybe we won't look pretty (nor will my house!) but we'll get there. Wish me luck!