How to easily get out the door in the morning, with 4 small children

Psych!

That doesn’t happen very often… kinda like a lunar eclipse. (or “seen as frequently as the loch ness monster”, I couldn’t decide which metaphor I liked best)

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Just trying to leave!

8:05am me “we’re late, get your boots and coats on”.  I like to start really early with the ‘we’re late’ comments.

8:10am Belle wanders over puts on mittens and heads back to the play room. The other kids pretty much ignore me and keep playing trains.  I start gathering boots and coats.

8:18 am, me “really we are going to be late”.

Belle, “I have to poop”

me, “take off your mittens”

Belle, with a full on angry face, “I am going to wear mittens to poo!!” …. meh, who’s to say she can’t.

8:22am Caleb is all dressed in his boots and coat, “I have to go to the bathroom”.

me, “Belle, how’s it coming?  Caleb needs the potty.”

Belle “It’s coming”…

me, “use the other bathroom, Elise do you have to go to the bathroom?”

Elise, “no, but I want a snack” …

8:32am Shove everyone out the door… whether they are done pooping or not.

8:33am Belle does a face plant in a foot of snow.  We all go back in so I can change her into dry clothes.

8:45am Head back out to the car.  Realize the car is covered in ice.

My clicker doesn’t work.

My tires are low.

Deep cleansing breaths.

March 3 kids and a car seat over to the driver side to unlock car.

March everyone over to the passenger side to put Owen in.

The door has not unlocked properly.

March everyone back to driver’s side.  Unlock.

Open the rear passenger door… a random tubing falls off the door.  Figuring it could be important, toss it back into the car.

Buckle everyone into their seats… so the kids don’t lock me out.

Scrape down the car windows.

8:52am drive 10 feet from the house, realize I left the stroller behind.  Run back to grab it.

Make the 4 minute drive.  Make it just on time for our 9am appointment.

Easy-peezy-lemon-squeezy.

What it’s really like with 4 kids, 5 and under

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No makeup, negligible sleep, need a shower, a shirt that fits properly and at least 2 kids hanging off you at all times.  We are all, I think, happy that I’m not breastfeeding in the picture… well maybe not Owen.  He currently is nursing like he gets paid by the minute.

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Elise is pictured here losing it, because I put lip gloss on her dry lips.  Ahhh, the glory and wonders of life with a 3 year old.

20161230_171850 We have added child height hooks by the front door, to aid in growing the children’s self sufficiency… also, so that everyone visiting our home is completely reassured, that yes, these are not all our children, and yes, we do in fact run a daycare.

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On the bright side, Caleb is turning into such a great little man.  He is growing curious about dinosaurs, helicopters, planes and engineering.  We got a 174 piece set of mag formers for a relatively reasonable price during boxing week, and Caleb has been busy as a bee, building mock eiffel towers, Seattle space needles and even the sydney opera house.  Well, that and randomly pulling down his sister’s pants.

 

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