Day 16

Timetable

After a few days of complete chaos, I say to myself, enough is enough. I need some kind of order here, a predictable timetable. I need to know if it’s morning or night. But when will I have the time to think and plan? I am determined I am going to make a timetable today.

I just fed Marc and changed him. I march over to where Sam is lounging in the family room and hand him the baby.

“Look after him, I have something very important to do.”

First, I make myself a cup of tea, my personal panacea for any stressful situation. Then I get a sheet of paper and start.

5 am Marc wakes up; feed baby, burp him and change diaper.

6 am Put Marc for a nap.

8 am Marc wakes up. feed baby, burp him and change diaper.

9 am Playtime.

10 am Daily stroll to the park

12 pm Feed baby, burp him and change diaper.

1 pm Nap-time.

1:15 pm Do chores.

3 pm Marc wakes up. feed baby, burp him and change diaper.

4 pm Bath time

5 pm Give baby to Sam (father-child bonding)

6 pm Family playtime

7 pm Feed baby, burp him and change diaper.

8 pm Put Marc to bed for the night.

I stop and admire my impeccable timetable. I hear Marc fussing and Sam pokes his head in the room. “Are you done? Marc is hungry.”

I look at them and they both have the same flustered expression. It is so comical.

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