Tomorrow (well, later today, I guess, since it’s after midnight) Kate is going back to work. From now on, it’ll be just me and Ruby for many uninterrupted hours every day. Yes, I’m feeling a little trepidatious.
Kate is starting off working half-time for a month so that all three of us can ease into this new arrangement as gracefully as possible. Ruby will turn 3 months’ old next week, and she’s due for a growth spurt. Also, she’s just begun teething and is a little crankier than usual. Although I imagine one could probably say this about any part of Ruby’s childhood, it’ll be especially good to have a bit more of Kate around for the next month.
Still, as of tomorrow there’ll be six straight hours every day of just me and Ruby. I think my biggest challenge is going to be avoiding watching the clock, and I think the best way to do that is to be on the clock. Set up a schedule, a routine, anything with a sense of predictability. What I want to avoid is for it to be 2:30 in the afternoon and Ruby is unhappy and I’m looking at the clock wondering what I’m going to do for the next 3 hours.
Kate and I watched Super Size Me a few weeks ago. It’s a relatively entertaining movie, but what I remember the most from it is a pie chart that flashed on the screen for less than a second. They were talking about industrial service kitchens, and they put up a shot of some promotional material from a prison contractor that showed the breakdown of a prisoner’s daily life. And it made total sense. There was time for meals, for cleaning, for work, for exercise, and for relaxation. Honestly, it sounded like everything was in ideal proportions for my (and Ruby’s) new life. Unfortunately, I can’t find that graphic anywhere online.
I plan to make time every day for cleaning, exercise, work, cooking, shopping, and, of course, playing with Ruby. Just how those proportions are going to work out is still to be determined.