The older I get, the more I feel like the mother in A Christmas Story. ("My mother had not cooked a hot meal - for herself - in ten years.") It's 9 pm and I just got done eating because someone has decided that his second nap is no longer to be taken in the early afternoon and is instead retiring to the crib bleary and blubbering around 3:30 pm which means bedtime is now pushed to 8 pm which feels awfully late for a just-turned-1-year-old, ESPECIALLY when that 1-year-old continues to wake at 6 am. I must admit I envy those schedule parents, even if I can't bring myself to follow in their perfectly modulated footsteps. If the boy wakes up from his nap 30 minutes early, I can't just let him scream. (I also refuse to wake him if a nap goes long. If the kid wants to sleep for 3 hours, hey, by all means!) That said, I sure would like more than an hour between dinner and bedtime.
I would also like someone to explain how to pull off a family meal. I'm sure you've heard about this mythical creature - the nutritious, consistently-scheduled mealtime where everyone sits down together to eat the same food. Maybe you've even managed it! Frankly, between heating frozen cubes of pre-prepared rice and beans/chicken soup/____(insert blandly healthy, mother sanctioned grub), scrubbing smooshed pancake off the food tray, digging fossilized chicken pieces out from under the high chair seat, sweeping flung food off the floor, washing the boy's dishes (crusty and forgotten), and making sure the kid doesn't crawl into the Christmas tree and kill his fool self, preparing a meal for mother and child seems akin to a trip to Paree. It sounds so simple - just make food for you and cut it up but somehow that never seems to happen. Not to mention the fact that feeding the boy requires two hands, constant vigilance, and a broom. If you've managed to wrangle this, I'm all ears.
Oh, and bottle weaning? NO WAY. We've managed to get rid of the afternoon bottle but those morning/evening buggers? Please. At 6 am I can barely manage to shove a bottle his yap. Preparing an actual breakfast? Never, never, nuh-uh, no. I keep reminding myself that he is sleeping later (anything beyond 4:30 am is an improvement) and that eventually it'll be easier to seguay from the crib to the breakfast table but right now it feels a little daunting. Still, it has to work out. Either that or he'll be the first college freshman sponsored by Born Free.