Home with children
Many diarists were looking after children of various ages. These are extracts from the diaries of a few of these.
|Up 7.30||Woke children. Got my 13 year old daughter off to school. Fed and changed twin girls (11 months).|
|8.30||Make beds, clean bathroom, fill dishwasher and tidy kitchen.|
|9.30||Took car to have tyres checked, bought a few items of food from shop.|
|11.00||Changed nappies (disposable) and let twins play with toys in lounge. Put some washing on and some drying out on line. Get lunch ready. Girls have homemade salmon bake and a drink of water. I have a sandwich and a cup of tea.|
|12.30||Wash up. Play with twins.|
|1.00||Put twins in rockers so they can have a sleep. I have a cup of tea and half an hour's sit down.|
|1.30||Do more washing and some ironing. Prepare tea. Summer stew for us, homemade breaded chicken for twins.|
|4.00||Change nappies and get twins dressed. Wait for eldest daughter to come home. Take her to hairdressers. I go to post office and vets. Go back and pick her up, return home.|
|5.00||Cook twin's tea and feed them.|
|6.00||My partner returns home. He has twins while I take eldest daughter swimming. I have a sauna and swim.|
|7.30||One twin still awake so I feed her (breastmilk). Put her to bed.|
|8. 00||We have tea. I wash up, sweep and mop floor. Do one more load of washing and put some in tumble dryer. Do some ironing.|
|9.30||Twins unsettled due to colds.|
|10.00||Get ready for bed.|
|11.00||Twins awake again and nearly every hour throughout the night. Their dad got up at 6.30 to see to the twins. I get up at 7.30 ready to start again.|
Number 3 son came home from Primary School at 3.40pm and put his school things away and settled down to do his homework tidy for a change. The two eldest were home from High School at 4.15pm and also got on with their homework. In between all of this I got the tea going ready for hubby when he got home at 5pm. The boys then all got changed and had a spell playing football in the garden, while I did the washing up and making a fire in the living room - It's starting to get colder at night.
Gave the baby a haircut. He wriggled and squirmed all the while but I got it done eventually after which I gave him a bath and a bottle of drinking chocolate and tucked him up in his dry cot with his favourite toy dog 'Woofer' for the night. I called the boys in who got washed and had a drink and were in bed by 8.30pm. Peace at last, so I spent an hour relaxing in front of the TV before getting hubby his bate and lunch ready for work tomorrow. I checked the guard was over the fire and was in bed by 10pm. Absolutely shattered.
Gave Carwyn his lunch and then ate my lunch with my husband who was working from home for the day. We ate quiche and salads. At 12.45 Carwyn and I walked to the recycling bins to meet other mums and babies. We all took part in a 'Toddle Waddle' - a walk around Lymore Park in aid of the Meningitis Trust. Returned home at 3.30pm. Had a conversation with our next door neighbours. Gave Carwyn his tea, got him ready for bed - he went to bed at 7pm.