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Old 09-30-2012, 11:20 AM   #1
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Back at Work ans Stressed Out - Help!

I started back at work after my year mat leave, and I'm totally stressed out trying to find the time to get everything done. I would love some suggestions for making my life run more smoothly.

Here's a typical weekday:

5:20 am - alarm goes off, hop in the shower and get dressed. Both kids are usually up by the time DH and I are done getting ready, so we each get one kid ready. I usually nurse DD before I get dressed.
6:40 am - out the door and headed for daycare. The kids eat breakfast at daycare, and DH and I grab something when we get to work.
7:00 am - DH and I are on the bus and headed to work. We park our one car at daycare and take transit to work.
8:00 - 4:00 pm - at work. I race out the door right at 4 so that I won't miss the transit connections I need to make to get to the daycare at a reasonable time.
4:45 pm (if I'm lucky) - pick up the kids and drive home. If not, I'm usually about 20 minutes behind for the rest of the evening.
5:15 pm - at home and nursing DD. Usually I turn on the tv to keep DS occupied, or he plays with his toys.
5:45 pm - make dinner. This is the worst time of day. The kids are both desperate for my attention that a quick dinner that should take 15 minutes to make usually ends up taking 45 minutes.
6:30 pm - eat dinner. DS rarely eats even though he's starving, and DD takes an hour to eat.
7:30 pm - bathe the kids and put them to bed, including stories and nursing DD.
8:30 pm - come downstairs to start dishes and tidying up.
9:30 pm - go to bed. DD often wakes at least once a night, and is usally up to nurse at 4:30 am. By the time I finish nursing her it's time for us to start our day.

DH often works late and even on a good day he isn't home until it's time for the kids to go to bed.

As you can see, my day is long and packed full. I love being at work, but I hate the rest of the day. Weekends are usually spent running errands and doing chores that don't get done during the week like cleaning the bathrooms and doing laundry. Help!
Amanda - happily married wife to N and mother to B and C
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