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New Patterns

  • Posted on May 18, 2012 at 8:00 AM

So, the new morning routine is improving.  Once the boys are in the van, they settle right down, which tends to make it a better start to their school day—or so I thought.  I recently learned that there’s a lot of pinching going on no matter how smiley Ben is when he walks into school.

While we’re still working out the kinks of getting Brandon and his little brothers to school, I’m sure we’ll get a handle on that.  Of course, afternoons are a bit trickier.  See, I’m used to having to get the boys ready for school in the morning, so changing the timeline and adding a few extra steps—while not convenient—is manageable.  In the afternoons, when it’s time to pick up the boys, is something different.  Before, it was a matter of Mark waiting for the buses.  If he had to be somewhere else, I’d wait for the buses.  Now, before the buses even come, I have to be out the door and at the school.

The timing is different, and this makes a difference.  For one, when I’m sleeping during the day, this time is right when I’m usually sleeping.  If I’m working during the day, this time is right when I’m knee-deep in a project.  We’re talking years of habit here.

The boys like to see me when they come out that door, especially if it means they get to leave before the noisy rush of their peers’ departure.  The trouble is actually getting me there!

So, I’m trying to adjust.  I’m trying, I’m trying, but I’m not really adjusting yet.  The fact that my workload is higher than it has been in a long time isn’t helping.  Every moment is important.  Every project is intense.  So, I’m trying, but this habit is difficult to change and now isn’t a particularly good time to change it.  The middle of the afternoon is not a cue for me to stop working or stop sleeping, but it needs to be.  I figure, by the end of the year, when it’s all over, I’ll have gotten it right.  Of course, by then, it’ll be time for another change.

Until then, we’ll keep trying.  Handling each new bump in the road—like today, when my mom will be picking up the boys—as it comes, as best we can.