Fast-forward another 18 months and the relatively simple task of the school run was a contributing factor in many sleepless nights during my twin pregnancy. I wont lie the thought of getting two newborns, a 22 month old and a 6 year old, up, fed and dressed to be at the school gates on time filled me with fear. Fear of failure. So I did what I always did in situations that worry me, I made a plan and this was it:
- I would wake up at 5am (Ha-ha) I would have a cup of tea. Take a shower and get ready.
- Wake the babies at 6am for their 6am feed! Feed them, get them ready. I would then fit in some chores like make the bed and put a load of washing on.
- Wake Leo and the Princess at 7am. They would get dressed we would all sit down together to have breakfast, hop into the car and drive to school.
- I would leave the house at 8.15 so we would get to school in plenty of time to unload the double pram out of the car and transfer the babies from the car to the pram.
- Walk across the car park and into school and deliver Leo at his classroom whilst steering the double pram with one hand and carrying our princess with the other (ha-ha-ha-ha)
The kids sit down to eat breakfast around 8.15pm. The Babies are not even dressed. Every morning our princess asks for chocolate hoops, we have only ever had one box of these during her entire life they went down far to well. So much so that the box only lasted 2 days. When you have four children to feed its best to buy things that aren’t on their favourites list. That way it lasts longer!! And sugar in the morning is a definite no no!
Eventually everyone settles for Weetabix. I attempt to feed the Babies their breakfast in super quick time or risk a round 20 minute trip of cry's from two hungry little mouths. By the time breakfast is finished the Babies still in their pyjamas are covered in Weetabix. Someone has spilt a drink all over the floor and the sink is overflowing with dishes. Now maths was never my strongest subject but four children should equal four bowls and four spoons right?......wrong!!! Breakfast time guarantees more dishes than any other mealtime and there is not even any cooking involved!!!
How old will I be when the babies go to school?
Can we go bowling/swimming/ice skating this weekend?
Can we go to Disneyland/ Lapland/ The Moon???
How many days until Christmas??? ( This question has been asked at least once a week since January)
Why does America not have a queen??..... Is Russia cold in the summer??........ What's the name of the canal in Italy????
Now I know this isn’t going to win me any mother of the year awards, but most of the time my answer is 'I will see' or 'I will check' Of course I want to have conversations with my children and fill them with knowledge, just not now and if I can get away with out hearing a WHY??? Its been a good journey!
Its certainly not the way I planned to do it but things rarely go to plan anymore and that is defiantly something we have come to live by! Getting to where we need and want to be is still achievable and we still manage it 100%, but the journey has just become a lot more Adventurous!