No, no, no, no, nope.
Routine keeps my anxiety at bay. I don’t stress about things that need to be done if I know I can get it done later. I have naptimes and TV time blocked into the day, and even get the sporadic “all three kids are happily playing” times.
I NEED these predictable times to shower, do housework, bake banana bread (honestly the stuff’s magic), and sometimes just STOP and switch my brain off for a few minutes.
I need a lot of notice to do something that’s not part of my routine.
However, kids don’t give me that warning.
Caide didn’t warn me he was about to have a behavioural regression, making it practically impossible to get out the house.
Linden didn’t let me know he was about to start losing the plot if I left the room. Or even moved to a different spot in the same room. And therefore make it very difficult to get anything done outside of naptimes.
Theo didn’t tell me he was about to go from being the baby who will fall asleep anywhere to the baby who doesn’t even blink never mind shut his eyes. And therefore make it difficult to get anything done during naptimes.
I definitely wasn’t warned that all these things are all going to happen at the same time.
So here I am again, trying to figure out a new routine that allows the babies to nap and Caide to get enough attention that he doesn’t wind up with an ASBO at 2 years old.
Settling into a new routine when anxiety wants everything to run smoothly every day is pretty challenging.
Wish me luck x