I set a timer while I’m cleaning. When Adam is at preschool/daycare,15 minutes in the kitchen is enough to unload/load the dishwasher, wipe down the counters, clear some clutter and sweep.
Even though Adam was coloring very nicely and independently at the dining room table, it still took TWICE as long to do those basic chores. I think he interrupted me 4 or 5 times, and yes, I consider that “playing independently.” By the time the counters were clean (I didn’t even sweep!) it had been 30 minutes.
One day recently, I timed how long it took from the time I said, “Put your boots on" to the time we actually pulled out of the driveway. 17 minutes.
And when he was a newborn and I was nursing, it took us almost 2 hours to get out of the house just to run errands – mostly because we live 30 minutes from the store, so I wanted to feed him RIGHT before we left so I could maybe avoid nursing in public (or the car, or the target dressing room.)
I know I’m not alone in this, right? What is it that takes you twice (or 3x) as long with a kiddo? And (maybe I don’t want to know the answer to this) should I plan on 3x when Baby Brudder arrives?