6:00am Breakfast ingredients are out on the counter. Baby Leighton is babbling in her crib for me to come pick her up and Liam is standing next to me, asking to sit on the counter to help.
Time for some Dutch Pancakes. A personal favorite and a breakfast that brings up so many great memories of my childhood, my oma, family, togetherness; you name it. Although my Oma passed over 15 years ago, she was the sweetest and she sure brought sweetness to our breakfast. As a mom, I have modified the recipe, ever so slightly, to remove some of the sugar, but I will of course pass on both versions. Recipes will be shared below!
First off, this is a weekday that I am deciding to take this on. That means I need to be out of the door with my two kiddos, fed, dressed, food packed and of course have gotten myself ready, at…..drumroll 7:15am. Ambitious? Meh. Sounds fun! Let’s do it.
6:04am Changing a diaper, because sure enough regardless of the fact that she sleeps 11 hours without a bottle now, Leighton has peed through her diaper and through her onesie.
6:07am Baby Leighton is on the floor playing, Liam is on the counter, and we can finally get started.
6:07 – 6:15 A lot of mess is created, because yes, i love to encourage Liam to help. Yes, it always ends in a mess. and Yes, i always end up more stressed, because will we be able to clean it before we leave? Considering the time, probably not.
6:15am The kiddos are seated and breakfast is served. Mom: Please eat honey
6:18am Liam: Can I have yogurt? Mom: Please eat what is on your plate.
6:20am Liam: Can I have yogurt now? Mom: Honey, please eat your breakfast. Then yes, you may have yogurt. We can bring it to school for you to enjoy with your friends. (No, will mean tears. And right now, there is no time for tears)
6:24am Liam: Can I have yogurt? Mom: Please eat honey. Have a couple bites.
6:25am Mom: Please eat honey.
STILL 6:25am Liam: Can I have yogurt? Mom: Please have 1 bite. (IM NOW YELLING IN MY HEAD)
6:30am Liam: Can I have yogurt? (Keep in mind, he has gone to fridge, grabbed a yogurt, torn off the wrapper, thrown it away, grabbed a spoon, and is putting it next to his plate as this point)
6:31am SQUIRREL. As you get to know me, you will get to know that I am easily distracted. Just like a dog, with a SQUIRREL. I’m now thinking to myself, how nice, he threw away his wrapper.
Well, what the heck. Its been 15 minutes, baby Leighton has eaten 4 portions of dutch pancake and Liam has had ONE bite.
If you can image how the rest of the 40 minutes went, it went something like this.
HURRY LIAM. PLEASE PUT YOUR UNDIES AND PANTS ON. SOCKS NEED TO BE ON. THEN YOUR SHOES. I NEED YOU TO MOVE FASTER. WE SHOULD HAVE BEEN OUT OF THE DOOR TEN MINUTES AGO. (The sloth is sitting naked on the couch) OH I WISH YOUR DAD WAS HERE TO PUT SOME FIRE UNDER THAT BOTTOM!!!! Can I have popcorn? SERIOUSLY LIAM, YOUR BREAKFAST IS STILL SITTING ON THE TABLE. NO, YOU MAY NOT HAVE POPCORN. PLEASE PUT YOUR PANTS ON HONEY. WE NEED TO GO. YOU HAD THE OPPORTUNITY TO EAT AND YOU DIDN’T. YOU NEED TO BE GRATEFUL FOR THE SPECIAL TIME WE HAD MAKING BREAKFAST AND YOU NEED TO EAT WHAT WE MAKE. Honey, thank you for putting your pants on. SHOES NOW PLEASE. WE ARE LATE. Thank you honey for putting your shoes on. LET’S GO. OUTSIDE. TO THE CAR. LIAM, PLEASE HURRY TO THE CAR. HURRY UP BUD. I FORGOT MY DINOSAUR. I NEED IT. LEIGHTON IS ALREADY BUCKLED IN AND WE ARE LATE. YOU CAN HAVE IT AFTER SCHOOL. Tears would typically soon follow. But this SQUIRREL has learned that my first born is little squirrel. I brought you an orange honey! OOO yay!
7:30am We are in the car. And let me tell you. I am always very shocked that it is only 7:30am. It feels like 11am. I’m ready for a nap.