March 11, 2024

Monday Thoughts - What does success look like?

Mondays are my hardest day - I have the twins and Lilah at home.  It's made easier by having my mom here, as she's taken Lilah this morning so it's just me and the twins.  Hence the blog! But still, I've been slightly fearing the trickyness of Mondays all weekend, and I've been trying to conserve my own energy for Monday.  This was all going well... untill Lilah woke me up at 10:30pm because her blankets weren't straight (??) and then she needed water and a cuddle and her blankets again.  Back to sleep at 11pm, then the babies were up at 12:30 and very angry... and somewhat hungry.  So an early feed and back to bed, before another wake up at 5am.  Which makes sense and is developmentally appropriate and I was still rather tired and annoyed.

Luckily Andy did the big kids this morning so I slept until 8 and let the babies sleep until.  I don't know what this means for the rest of the days naps/feeds but I decided I needed it.  The schedule the babies are in now is totally working for me and totally temporary, which is a tricky place to be! Soon their naps and feeds will shift and then I'll have to shift again.  My major consideration is whether I can shift their schedules around enough to make the £13 pilates class at 9:30am rather than the £20 pilates class at 10:30.  We will see!

I've been a big grumpy this morning but as I filled out my time log for last week I realised I actually have had enough sleep.  I'm averaging 8.2 hours of sleep per 24 hour period.
And suddenly I was less tired.  So I decided to do a quick blog post.  Then I'll tackle laundry (currently a load in the drier and 2 loads in the baby room), and I need to get dressed, text our cleaner, and then maybe read my book (authors note - this is why I am still on page 22 of my book)?  

I got out for a Mothers Day run yesterday and did a 15 minute core workout so I'm not feeling keen to exercise again this morning.  I also am coming around to the apple watch and finally figured out how to add strava!  So, my first recorded run:

So many PRs!  It's week 2 of Couch to 5k... and I feel I'm taking it adequately slow enough for recovery.  It feels weird but I am super excited for someday being in the woods for a 10k again.  Being on the streets for a 4k is good for now.

All this to say - what will make today a success?
  • Staying calm with Lilah (3 year olds can be a lot)
  • Having the house in OK shape for the cleaner tomorrow
  • Putting away the laundry
  • Taking the twins and Lilah to a friend's house for a cup of tea
  • Finishing Time Log and Line a Day journal
  • Writing a blog post
  • Going to bed early so I can wake up early for Rachel time
  • Eating one of these delicious cupcakes (old photo - there are only 3 left)
That all seems achievable to me.  And tomorrow it's my weekend!


  1. Happy Friday! Yes I know it's Monday but it's your "Friday" heading in to the weekend. Yum to the cupcakes!

  2. Oh, I hope it ended up being a successful day! Love your benchmarks. They seem ambitious but doable. And CUPCAKES. Yes. Those make any day better.

    1. It was almost successful... I wasn't particularly calm with the kids by 5pm. But I did have cupcakes!

  3. I'm not generally a cake fan, but those cupcakes look amazing!

    I hope you managed at least some of your goals, and if any didn't happen, that they don't matter.

  4. The tiny cakes on the cupcakes... it's too much!! I love it! -Kat

    1. I know, it's ridiculous! The kids each got a cupcate, ate just the top, complained their stomachs hurt (which they would!) and left most of the cupcake and frosting. I guess that's moderation... I ate all of mine.

  5. Cupcakes really make any day a successful day in my book!