6:00 AM: The alarm rings. At times I wake up before the alarm, a few times immediately after putting it off and many times after it snoozes a couple of times. After doing the morning routine, I enter kitchen.
If I am late, Abbas keeps the milk to boil on the stove else that is the first thing I do in the kitchen. Then I start packing Abbas’s breakfast, lunch and fruit. He goes to take a bath and as he gets ready for the office
6:45 – 7 AM: He comes out of the bathroom and starts waking up Mantam. When I hear the wake up calls, I start preparing their breakfast. Most days, it is toast with nutella or cheese or avocado spread or tuna or jam or sunny side up along with bournvita for Mannu and plain milk for Tammu. On rare occasions I make idlis, dosas or paranthas. Simultaneously I prepare lunch for them, pack snacks and cut fruits/veggies.
7:15 AM: Abbas leaves home after sipping his tea and ensuring that Mantam are at the breakfast table. I work in the kitchen and keep reminding them to “Eat Fast, or we’ll get late” like a million times. I also pack my lunch, fruit and sometime nuts. I sit with them and finish my breakfast in 2 minutes and gulp my tea down as if it was a tequila shot as it would have already gone cold.
7:45: Mantam finish their breakfast. Yes, they take 30-45 minutes to complete it. And I keep nagging all the while. I start clearing up the kitchen platform as much as I can within 7:50 as I cannot afford to spend any more time in the kitchen after that. By now Mantam’s tummies are full and they are charged up. So, they wash their face and start wearing uniform on their own, I do help when one of their hands is not coming out of the pinafore sleeve or one them is not able to remove the shirt that they are wearing (Please note, three of us do not take a shower in the morning as we simply can’t find time amidst the mad rush) You get the drift right? I comb their hair and get them ready.
8:00 AM: Time for me to dress up. I quickly pull my office wear, wash my face and start changing. While doing this, I start giving instructions to Mantam depending on what day it is. If it is a their Show and Tell day, I remind them what is the topic of the day and they quickly think about what they can speak, Tuesdays – they do banking and need to carry their passbook and a coin to deposit in their account, Wednesday – they need to return the library book that they borrowed and also take their homework book to submit, Thursday – they need to wear sports gear and apart from that if there is any adhoc note or activity, anything related to that they have to carry. I also remind to put their tiffin box and water bottle that I have kept on the table, to wear their hats, to check if I have switched the stove off etc etc etc.
8:10 AM: We leave home. Every day I run through a checklist (not a real one, but just orally) with the items that they must be having. And they reply in Check / Cross. Like on a few days, they forget to put their water bottles, I quickly message M to get a spare bottle for them. The fun part is that I intentionally forget a few items on the checklist and they themselves point it out and then say Check by themselves. During the walk, sometimes I tell them stories, a few times we would be late and we would walk as fast as we can (as they too know that their Mumma will miss the 8:30 train otherwise), other times we sing, talk and giggle.
8:25 AM: I make them sit in one particular spot where the bus comes and then say bye and remind them to finish their dabba and drink enough water.
8:30 AM: I catch the train to office. I quickly do some make-up after sitting in the train.
6:00 PM: I am back at the train station from work. I start walking towards M’s house and pick them from there.
6:15 – 6:30 PM: All of us reach home. Mantam and I take turns to take a shower. Abbas helps them with changing into house dress (He likes to do stuff for them even when they can do by themselves) Abbas and I have our tea together and we talk for a couple of minutes. Then he starts tidying the house a bit, loads the washing machine every alternate day and I start my kitchen chores.
8:30 – 9 PM: We have our dinner. Mantam go to sleep. Abbas puts the washed clothes out for drying, sometimes watches TV for a while and I do the table cleanup, putting things away in the fridge, washing the vessels and clearing the kitchen countertop.
10 – 11 PM: We hit the bed, sometimes browse through our phones, sometimes talk more, cuddle and then turn to opposite sides and snore away to glory. (I do cuddle him and trouble him every morning before waking up, forgot to mention it in the beginning of the post)
PS: I resumed work since yesterday after the holidays. My previous project had ended just before the holidays began and I am on bench right now. Looks like I will be sent to client site from Next Monday. I’m writing the blogposts from office, that’s why not able to do any picture posts. Saving them for the coming week when life is going to get busier even on the work front.