Practice Run

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I have been waiting for today since last week. My first whole child free day. My first day to do whatever I so please. But now that it’s here it feels rather lackluster. I miss my little lady and its only 8am. The husband thought it would be a good idea to do a couple of childcare practice runs before I go back to work in just under two weeks. Even though she will be looked after by family and therefore we know she will be absolutely fine, he thought it made prudent sense to see just how the routine will work in practice. Its a good job we did.

Things did not get off to a good start. Not only did I forget to set an alarm this morning, but I forgot to charge my phone which meant this morning had no chance before it even began. I got up on time thanks to the husband who was anything but impressed, but got up feeling very much like I’d got out of the wrong side of the bed which meant that most of the morning was spent in a haze of confusion and tiredness. I neglected to set out the little lady’s clothes last night unlike the previous occasion a few weeks ago where I was much more diligent. Surprise, surprise, come this morning I couldn’t remember what outfit I had decided on in my head last night. Not good. I almost forgot to pack breakfast and her sippy cup, and at the last minute remembered to throw a few toys into her bag. So rather than enjoying the little slither of time I had with the little lady this morning, she was whisked from room to room like she was being processed by airport security. Not exactly how I envisaged our mornings would be.

If I have learnt anything from our practice run, it’s that I will need to be organised to an almost military precision if we have any hope of getting the three of us out the door on time and in good shape. That means batch cooking on the weekends and buying in bulk to make sure the little lady has a variety of meals. Today she has chicken for lunch and chicken for dinner. Say no more. The husband even suggesting conceding to use Ella’s pouches in the week once im actually back at work, although my guilt over leaving her all day makes me feel like the least I could do is make her fresh, home cooked meals. I also realised last night that I need a better labelling system for her food, I need to get more organised with packing her bag the night before and not leave half of it till the morning like I did today and I most definitely need to take some tips from Betty and the Bumps and start putting her outfits together at least the night before. I should probably do the same for myself, and it’s definitely time I started getting us into the routine of setting an alarm and getting up at the time we will need to get up in two weeks time. I think the little lady was a little startled by the slightly earlier start to our day, although she seemed to take it in her stride and was just as cheery and chatty as she is on any other morning. It took me on the other hand, until 8am, one shower and one cup of tea to feel anything but cheery and chatty.

But now my house feels quiet and empty. I didn’t realise just how much children complete a home. It feels as though the little lady has gone for a nap and I am just waiting for her to wake up. I’m not sure yet how I will fill the many hours between now and this evening. Even with everything that I have been “meaning to do” or “catch up on” I don’t think it will keep me busy until she comes home. Last Saturday night when I didn’t make it out of the house to go to a friend’s birthday party I commented to friends that I think we may have “separation issues”. I thought I was referring to the little lady, but now im not sure whether I meant her or me. It would seem that this practice run may be more for my benefit than anyone elses…

I’d love to hear from other parents on how you’ve made the reutrn to office work for you. Did you do a practice run? What tips can you share that will make life that little bit easier?

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  1. April 17, 2014 / 10:43 am

    Organisation is most definitely the key! I’ve got to be honest, we don’t co-ordinate our little bears outfits the night before (will soon be school uniform anyway…) and sometimes ‘convenience’ food is the only way for a day like this. Soon you will be part of a well-oiled machine without giving it a second thought. You’ll see! 🙂

    • April 17, 2014 / 12:17 pm

      Thanks, I really hope so! It feels like we’ve got a long way to go before we get there, but I’m sure we will 🙂

      • April 17, 2014 / 7:13 pm

        Oh, you’ll get there. Maybe in a haze of juggling everything in your head at first. But you’ll get there. I quite often get to bedtime and wonder how I got there in once piece (!) but I do, everyday 😉

  2. April 18, 2014 / 12:39 pm

    I know the feeling of separation anxiety, mostly because I feel like I have it more than my toddler! Good luck to you with your new routine, and I’m sure you’ll do fine 🙂

    • April 19, 2014 / 12:12 pm

      Thank you. I’m sure it is much harder on the parents than the children!

  3. bettyallonby
    May 5, 2014 / 8:55 pm

    I’ve been having a blog break so I’m sorry that I’m just commenting now, but thank you for my little mention! I still do the outfit builds after three months back at work; I’m rather fussy about the right bodysuit under the right blouse etc etc so I couldn’t be doing with last minute tumble drying to get a coordinating look together!!!

    Obviously you’ve posted about work since this one and I’m pleased to hear you’ve been enjoying it. I think I said in my return to work post that (in my opinion anyway) the way you feel about starting work again depends very much on how you felt about your job before you left. I hated mine – still do! It’s nice to hear a positive story!


    • May 5, 2014 / 9:58 pm

      Yes I think you’re right. It does depend on how you feel about your job when you left. Similar to you a friend pretty much hated her job before she went on mat leave and now she’s back its pretty unbearable for her. I on the other hand had been pretty happy with my job when I left which I suppose is why I’m so happy now that I’m back. I feel like I’m one of the lucky ones as I know it could easily have been a very different situation! How is the blogging break going by the way? I think I have a comment of yours to reply to somewhere!

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