Daily Grind

On language training and parenting

Our first week of language training has been hard. Really hard. I get up bright and early to shower and dress. Then I wake up Bertrand. While he’s enjoying his morning ablutions, I make my lunch, get all of the kids’ stuff out, and study for half an hour. Once we’re both up and running, I wake up the kids, and we begin the hour long process of feeding them and getting them ready for school.

Then we spend all day at FSI, studying, going to class, going to lab, studying while we eat, going to class, and studying some more. And I run to the daycare to nurse at lunch, and pump during breaks. After class, we study for a short while, then pick up the kids to head home.

At home, Bertrand and I switch off on the kids while I make dinner, he picks up the house, and we both get the kids ready for bed. Once I get Jasmine to sleep, I’m usually ready to crash myself.  The good news is that Grace is sleeping through the night. The bad news is that Jasmine usually doesn’t.

Needless to say, we are both at the end of our rope, and we’re not even done the first week yet. My fervent hope is that once we’re done with the three week introductory class, we’ll be onto the regular block language schedule, and will be able to fit quite a bit more study time into our days. Or at least, some alone time. Language class isn’t going to get any easier, but I HOPE that we’ll be able to figure out a better routine as time goes on.

So it goes.

It’s great to be settled in an apartment where we’ll be for the next nine months. It’s great to have Costco next door. It’s great to have friends in the building. And it’s SO GREAT to be able to order groceries online.

We’ll figure out the rest as we go alone.раскрутка

2 thoughts on “On language training and parenting

  1. My first week was truly horrendous. I wasn’t sure it was going to work out without hiring more help, major lifestyle changes, etc. But, it got better after like 2-3 weeks once I settled into routines and figured out some shortcuts. For me, these were silly little things like packing everything everyone would need for the day up into backpacks the night before so I wouldn’t be scrambling in the morning, lots of meal planning, laying out outfits for the week in advance, packing a week’s worth of lunches at a time, leaving my pumping stuff at FSI rather than hauling it home to clean every day, etc. You’ll figure out a routine that works for you too. It’ll get easier, I promise! And as for alone time — admin Wednesdays are glorious! :)
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    1. Thanks for the sympathy. After two weeks, things are significantly better. Not ideal, but better than they were. I think that once we’re out of the “phase one” of Arabic and onto a regular language schedule, scheduling nursing and pumping will get MUCH easier.

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