My planned family leave is coming up. In fact it is right around the corner. Not including today, I have 7 days of work left. Starting 9/6, I become a temporary stay-at-home-mom.
How temporary? That is THE question.
I’m signed up for 8 weeks, but I’m taking it one week, perhaps even one day at a time. I’m pretty sure that I’ll survive the first week, but after that? It is anyone’s guess.
As usual, I’m making plans. Y’all know how I love plans.
First, I have the days broken down by the hour. A flexible framework for me to plan out the day.
Second, I have a list of places to go for breaks outside the house. Peanut is usually much better behaved/distracted/engaged outside the house, therefore more manageable.
Third, I have a list of other stay-at-home-moms on speed dial as part of my “distract” Peanut plan (note to self, let these SAHM know that I’ll be calling)
Fourth, I have a list of methods and resources to cope in case I get overwhelmed.
So, my day is going to go something like this:
5:45 AM – wake up/shower and get ready for the day
6:50 – wave bye-bye to D
7 – 8 – breakfast/clean-up/gets kids ready for the day
8 – 9 – walk Soso to school and back, maybe stop by the school playground in between
9 – 11 – go visit a store/friend/Gymboree type class/run errands
11- 2:15 – lunch/nap/play in the house
2:15 – 3 – p/u Soso from school/playground
3 – 5 – work on homework with Soso while Peanut, hopefully cooperates and/or go visit friend/family/store/bring Soso to her activity of the day i.e. soccer, swim, piano
5 – 6 – dinner/clean-up
6 – 7 – walk around the block/Dairy Queen/visit a friend/store
7 – 7:30 – bath/bed-time
Places to visit:
- Stores like Target, Wal-Mart, Toys R Us
- Kids Village (indoor play place)
- D’s aunts
- 1 of the 4 stay-at-home-moms I know
- Gymboree open gym hours if we join
- 1 of 2 friends I have in town (note to self, I need to make more friends)
- breathing exercise/regular exercise/yoga
- anti-anxiety meds (get a prescription refill)
- a glass of wine around dinner time since that’s when the witching hour starts (stock up on wine)
- Korean drama to decompress for the next day( who knew that my recent K-drama addiction would be a form of therapy?)
- ice cream and chocolate (I have a feeling I’m going to get fat by the end)
- retail therapy (do NOT feel guilty about buying a lot of shoes)
- have father-in-law/sister-in-law come at least once a week, even just for an hour so I can leave the house
- have my dad come over a couple of times during the leave
- create a safe place for Peanut if I need to walk out of the room (playpen?)
- have Kindercare and Soso’s afternoon care on stand-by so I can go back to work right away if needed
- making two meals on Sunday/setting up easy dinner meals that can be prepped in less than 30 mins and/or relying more on ready-made meals/take-outs