So it has been almost exactly a month since all three of my kids have been in school full time. This means that I have about six and a half hours of time without my kids each day.
I have to say that I’ve really been enjoying this time. It’s not that I don’t love spending time with my kids, but it is so much easier to be present and engaged with them when they are with me when I also have some time without them. I am excited to get them off the bus in the afternoon. I look forward to their arrival at home.
Wanna hear a secret?
Some days I even miss them.
I am still getting used to having my six hours. I jealously guard each minute of it. I don’t want to waste any of it. I had to go to the post office today and I could feel that half hour slipping out of my day. I have an appointment tomorrow that takes a while to drive to and from. I am already resenting it. I don’t like wasting my valuable alone time with annoying errands.
I am hopeful that this time hoarding eases as I get used to having it. I think it will.
I do know that I have been getting a lot done. I feel like I am just catching up with all of the stuff that I let slide a little and now I’ll be able to start working on some of my bigger projects. I work from home at night and I’ve been able to shift that to work from home during the day, but I’m still trying to figure out how to fit everything in without having to do so much at night or on the weekends.
Plus, I have to figure out how to routinely clean my house and exercise daily. I also haven’t started volunteering at the school yet. My big goal, however, is to not take on anything new. So far I’m doing well at that.
Probably the best thing about having time during they day is that I’ve been going to sleep before midnight almost every night. This is a huge change from my days of staying up until 2 a.m. almost every night. I feel lots better.
It’s not enough time though. There is still never enough time.
The addition of six kid-free hours though? It’s good. It’s so very, very good.