In my house, it's the 7 o'clock slump. Because James and I both work at home, our day looks a little different. By 7 o'clock, we've both put in a full day at the "office." We're both exhausted. We've read stacks of books, been to the park, given baths, done a craft or activity, and the house is a mess, dinner still needs to be prepared, a forgotten load of cloth diapers is soaking in the washer, waiting to be rinsed and hung up to dry. From 7 to 8 o'clock comes the hour in which we snipe at each other over wet towels left on the floor, when we get resentful about the things in the day we planned to do but aren't going to, now, when Lu is laying on her stomach on the floor at we have no idea what to do with her because we've run out of ideas and there's still an hour to go until bedtime.
It's probably because we still aren't on a schedule, nine months into this parenting thing. WAH gives us the freedom to start our day whenever we want. We wake up when we wake up. We feed the baby when she seems hungry. We bathe her when she's dirty. We put her down for the night whenever she happens to fall asleep. My goal for 2012 is to get on a schedule, and stick to it. Hopefully, that will make things a little easier. (At least more predictable).
Most of the time, we spend our days doing wonderful things. Like taking Lulu to the National Gallery of Art for the first time.
And giving her her first taste of gelato.
She was shocked by the cold...but it didn't stop her from going back for more.
And through it all, I keep thinking of what a difference a year makes:
January 2011 versus January 2012
I hope that during tonight's 7 o'clock slump I'll think back on these happy moments and won't let the one difficult one define my day.
But I could use some tips on how to keep myself from going crazy from 7 to 8 PM every night.
What do you do to get through the slump? Any tips are appreciated.