So Hd went out of the country on Sunday. For 2 days and 2 nights. Leaving me with 2 kids. I survived. The school run was the tough thing but otherwise things were pretty cool. So here's how it went.
6.30 pm - Hd left.
Then I rock Antu to sleep. Feed Ashu dinner.
7.30 pm - Antu wakes up. I change her diaper, feed her lying on the bed. Ashu lies beside me. Antu goes to sleep and I put her in the crib.
8.15 pm - I give Ashu some laptop time and eat my dinner.
8.30 pm - I brush Ashus teeth, help her clean up her room and read her bed time stories.
9.15 pm - I lie down on the floor on a mattress while she goes to sleep on her bed.
9.30 pm - Shes asleep. I leave the room. Hubby calls. I do the dishes, clean the kitchen, brush my teeth and channel surf.
10.00 pm - The movie Transporter. I'm hooked. I watch. (I am a sucker for car chases.)
11.00 pm - Very sleepy. I record the rest of the movie and go to sleep.
1.55 am - Antu wakes up. I put her beside me and continue my sleep while she feeds.
3.50 am - Antu wakes up again. Since shes beside me already, she feeds again. I continue sleeping.
5.45 am - Ashu wakes up. Comes to our room and lies down near me. I continue sleeping.
6.30 am - Alarm goes off and I get up like a spring.
6. 30 to 8.15 am - Ashu drinks her milk, I drink my tea, I change Antus diaper, I pack lunch for Ashu, dress her up, dress Antu up, I dress up. Ashu eats cereal, I feed Antu and we are out of the door at 8.10 and in the car at 8.15.
8.45 am - I drop Ashu at school and get back home at 9.30 am. (traffic) Antu sleeps on the trip back.
9.45 am - I eat breakfast.
10 00 am - I feed antu.
10 to 11 am - I change diaper, I make lunch, talk to my parents on the phone and check mails.
11.15 am - I change diaper and feed Antu.
11.45 am - I eat my salad and get Antu ready in the car seat.
12.00 noon - We are out of the door.
12.25 pm - Reach school and pick up Ashu.
1.00 pm- Reach home. Both are sleeping. I wake Ashu up and she cries all the way to the 10th floor.
1.20 pm - Feed Antu. Feed Ashu lunch. I eat lunch.
2.30 pm - Antu goes to sleep. I clean up after lunch while Ashu lies down on the sofa licking a lollipop.
2.30 to 5.30 - Read books for Ashu. Change diaper for Antu. Feed Antu. Give snack for Ashu. Blog surf. Check mails. Run Ashu a bath. Feed. change. Make tea.
Because of the interrupted sleep all day long, Antu goes to deep sleep at 5 pm.
6.00 to 7.30 pm - Long phone call with my sis while Ashu is goofing around.(blowing raspberries and spraying every inch of the living room!) Then I prepare to make some dinner for myself. I feed Ashu her dinner. Brush her teeth and ask her to pick the books while I eat my dinner since Im starving.
8.00 pm - I'm hogging on the tortilla wraps while Ashu calls me. I ask her to wait until I finish my dinner. When I go to check on her 5 minutes later, shes snoring! Bliss.
9 00 pm - I wake Antu up, change her diaper and feed her. She goes to sleep. I catch up with Internet and doze off by 10.00 pm.
2.00 am - Antu wakes up...
Its doable as long as none of us fall sick.
Ashu is in her perfect behaviour if its only me she has to deal with it.
Its enough if I talk to Ashu, tell her a story, read her a book or play with her. TV, Laptop, Chocolates, Candies and Lollipops mean NOTHING to her if she finds out that they are bribes and not treats. I learnt this lesson the hard way.
Antu is a doll. As long as her input and output are taken care of, shes one happy camper.
At 7 pm on Monday, Ashu had a meltdown and said "I want Appa NOW. I want my Appa" and 2 seconds later, Hd called. Freaked me out.
Going out for groceries or to a park would ve been a lot harder. If push comes to shove, I would do that too but its tough.
The trick is to eat BEFORE Im hungry. Feed Antu and Ashu BEFORE they get hungry. God save us if we all get hungry at the same time.
I did nt ve a minute to miss Hd.
I also have a strong suspicion that when a couple stay together in a loveless marriage for the kids' sake, it actually means "to share the burden of taking care of the kids".
5 pm to 7 pm is the craziest. If I ever kill myself, it would be precisely at 6.55 pm.
The second half of The Transporter sucked. Big time.
If you were me you would ve noticed that I did nt include taking a shower in the list. Thank God Hd was gone only for 2 days! And long live deos and perfumes.