4 days, that is all just 4 more days and I am back to being on my own all day long with the kiddos! Now it is not like I have not done it before, when he was active duty in the Air Force I was home with the 3 of them and did the running around taking kids to school, cleaning, cooking and I was in school. But I have to admit that the past 20 months, while him being home all the time was not always a welcomed thing (because 1- it was because he had no job and 2 because there are times when seeing someone every single day 24/7 can really get to a person) that the help of him being home during the day did make things easier. For the past 20 months he has been the one getting up with the kids and bringing them to school, he has let me sleep in (which was great for the nights that I was up late working or when I was traveling). 20 Months of “honey I am writing a post on an awesome deal can you get the kids lunch?”, 20 months of him cleaning up messes the kids make (instead of it being me doing it all during the day) and being able to sleep in and now in 4 days he will be off to work, gone for 12 hours a day and it is all on me again.
Now as I said I have done it in the past, and I was fine and good to go and had a schedule down with the kids for cooking, cleaning, getting them to school ect. The difference this time is that I am also working from home just like I was when he was home but with out him home to play round up the kiddos for me.
I won’t lie having him home for 20 months not working was stressful and I am VERY Thankful that he has a job again and he will be working again and that it means our life is getting back on track, but I have gotten so used to the help all the time that getting back to a scheduled somewhat routine that involves playing with the kids, cooking, cleaning, shopping and working all at the sametime is going to be a HUGE adjustment for me.
I know I will be able to handle it and things will be rocky the first few weeks until we get in a routine but I am still freaking out trying to figure out when I will be able to get everything done that needs to be done when it is just me and the 3 kiddos with no one else home like I have gotten used to.
What are some of your tips for being at home with the kiddos? If you work from home and have kids home do you have any tips for making it all work?