Today’s Thoroughly Modern Mammy for Donegal Woman 🙂
Oh how I do love being at home with my girlies.
Oh how I so looked forward to the Christmas holidays.
Oh how wonderful the 2 weeks away from the reality of work and routine were.
And yet oh! How wonderful it is to be back to normality.
By the time the alarms went off on Monday morning, this Mammy for one, was glad. It wasn’t the thought of going back to work that excited me, (although the prospect of drinking a FULL cup of coffee while it was hot and having some adult conversation was calling in fairness!)
No. What Mammy was most glad about was that the girls were going to get back into routine. Because Mammy can safely say after the Christmas break, that my two little Dollies NEED routine.
Yes the longer snoozes in the morning were nice. And yes, it was nice not having to worry if they weren’t in bed at the normal time. But after the mayhem of Christmas (and the fact that Mammy here had succumbed to the flu and so we were housebound for the final few days of the break), cabin fever had set in and the girls were craving normality.
This week was long. Monday morning Mini-Me actually cried when I woke her at 7am.
Tuesday morning, she asked me “Why are you waking me in the middle of the niiiiiight?”
By Wednesday, they were completely knackered!
Thursday evening was a struggle to keep Princess awake past 6pm, and by Friday evening? Well, let’s just say, meltdowns all around. (Read about it here!)
And on Saturday morning? When everyone SHOULD have been able to sleep on? 7am. “Maaaaaaaaammy!” Up and at it, bright and ever so feckin breezy!
And so now, it is Sunday again, and I’m out doing the weekly shop and trying to plan for the busy week ahead, and thinking about uniforms and schedules … and counting down the days until midterm!
And while I miss the girls when I’m at work and I feel terrible about leaving them during the week, THEY do better when they have school and childcare and routine and normality.
I don’t know why, but everyone seems a bit more content.
Mini-Me likes to know what day it is, when she needs her PE gear, what’s for tea, what nights Daddy will tuck her in and that weekends are “family-time”.
She likes to know that Mammy is early picking her up on Wednesdays and to have dinner at the same time in the evening.
She appreciates no homework on a Friday evening and that Saturday seems to take on a magical new sense of excitement and importance.
And so does Mammy.
So indeed, Mammy is already counting down to the next break from routine, but Mammy is also enjoying the weird contentment that comes to everyone in the house, when we are right in the middle of our humdrum, boring, normal, day-to-day, uneventful and ever so wonderful routine!
Hope you all had a wonderful weekend!