The Morning Drop-Off


Now that I’m up to four days of work a week, the nursery drop off has become a more regular occurrence. And it is fair to say it doesn’t always go smoothly! However, it is such a part of our daily routine that I’d feel I was missing something important if I didn’t include an example in this blog!

This is not necessarily an average day – there were more tears than usual. But no day is completely without hiccups. Here is how our morning went:

6.30 – Lumie Bodyclock alarm goes off. Mute and turn off light.

6.35 – Phone alarm goes off. Mute.

6.40 – Tom wakes up and starts babbling over monitor. Turn off monitor, get up and go to bathroom.

6.45 – Kitchen. Put together breakfast for Tom and I, then go to get him up. Big smile from Tom, who hands me his blanket for safe keeping. Go sit down for breakfast.

6.50 – Tom wants another weetabix. Stop eating own breakfast and get him one.

6.55 – Tom wants another weetabix. No. Stop eating own breakfast and get his vitamins.

6.56 – Tom takes vitamins, then throws spoon on the floor and asks to get down. Stop eating own breakfast and let him out of the high chair. Tuck him up on the sofa under a blanket, as it is cold in the flat this morning. Hand him an old remote to play with.

6.57 – Finally finished eating own breakfast. Mr Techno gets up and starts running a bath. Can he brush Tom’s teeth first? Yes. Significantly less crying than when I do it. Mr Techno is now on teeth brushing duty for the rest of Tom’s life. Get self dressed in clothes I laid out yesterday evening.

6.58 – Pour leftover coffee from yesterday in a pan and put on stove to warm up. Get last bits together ready to go to Suffolk this evening.

6.59 – Tom toddles back into kitchen just as I pour coffee and immediately tries to grab my cup. No. He can have his water cup instead.

7.00 – Tom doesn’t want his water cup. He wants my coffee cup. No. Because it’s mine. Daddy can’t have it either. Tom is unconvinced by this argument.

7.02 – Tom gives me a book to read him. No. We don’t have time. Sit down on the sofa and read it to him anyway, sneaking sips of coffee in between pages.

7.05 – Time to get Tom dressed. Tom doesn’t want to get dressed. He wants to play with his stacking cups. Arrange stacking cups on coffee table (which is now the change table) and manage to get him mostly dressed whilst he plays with them.

7.10 – Tom is bored of stacking cups. He wants to go in his blanket fort. No. I can’t get him dressed in there. Make him sit on my lap to finish getting dressed. Cue tears, struggling and attempts to run away.

7.25 – Tom now dressed. Time to put his coat on. Tom sees the coat and runs off to find daddy. Fine; I need to talk to him too.

7.26 – Mr Techno puts Tom’s coat on, whilst we agree on arrangements for getting to Suffolk this evening. Mr Techno will either pick Tom and I up from nursery or meet us at the flat, depending on what time he gets home.

7.28 – Ready to go. Grab handbag, lunch and change bag, all of which were packed yesterday evening. Open stair gate.

7.29 – Tom refuses to go downstairs by himself, a trick he mastered months ago. Attempt to help get him started, but have to put down bags in the process. Bags fall down stairs. Contents of handbag now all over hallway floor. Say some very bad words under my breath, pick Tom up and carry him down. Tom grabs a handful of my hair and pulls. No patience left. Yell at him ‘LET GO’. Mr Techno appears at top of stairs to find out why I am yelling. This does nothing for my mood.

7.30 – Forgot to set up buggy before bringing Tom down. Do it now whilst Tom throws all my shoes on the floor. Pick up contents of handbag and pack bags into bottom of buggy. Put Tom in buggy and put hat on him. Mr Techno can pick up shoes.

7.32 – Leave house, 10 minutes late. Tom immediately takes his hat off and throws it on the ground. Pick up hat and try to put it back on. Tom starts crying. Give up on hat and hand him his sock comforter. Start walking.

7.35 – Tom throws sock on ground. Pick it up. He wants it back. Give it back to him. He throws it on the ground again. Sock is confiscated.

7.40 – Halfway through park, Tom starts whining. Does he want sock? No. Is he cold? Won’t wear hat or gloves. Give up and walk on.

7.45 – Realise I am doing very angry marching. Stop. Take many deep breaths. Look down into woodland. Try to remember how lucky I am. Say to Tom ‘I am having a bad day today’. Tom seems to agree.

7.50 – Resume walking and reach the end of the park. Still in a bad mood, but feeling a little calmer. Tom settles down to watch the cars whizz past on the road.

8.05 – Finally arrive at nursery. Somehow only 5 minutes late (due to angry marching). Tom greets his key person with a huge smile. Kiss him goodbye, put buggy in store and head for tube station.

8.15 – Feeling oddly light. Oh. Have left handbag at nursery. Run back. Get laughed at by staff as it is the second time this week.

08.25 – Get on tube. Oddly empty. Where is everyone?

08.40 – Get off tube and walk to work.

08.45 – Made it! Have big cup of coffee and a piece of shortbread to celebrate.

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