The Gallery: 8am

What does 8am look like in our house? Like many families, I’m sure, 8am is a pretty fraught time for us. It’s that time of day when I think: ‘Can we possibly get all of this done before we have to be out of the house at 8.30(ish)?’.

My eldest has to leave to catch his bus at 8.05am, so I’m most likely yelling at him. If we’re lucky, he’ll be dressed by 8am. But not always. And if he is dressed, he won’t have done his teeth, he won’t have his socks on, his shirt will be untucked and his hair will be all over the place. He usually flies out of the door at approximately 8.08, with his shoes hanging off his feet because he’s running late. If I want him to say goodbye to me I have to make sure I’m at the door, because otherwise he’ll be in too much of a rush to even bother.

My younger son will have finished his breakfast and will most likely be dressed. He won’t have brushed his teeth, but he will almost certainly be attached to a piece of technology he’s been told not to play on – usually Clash of Lords on the Kindle. Apparently they were 131st in Europe on that the other day. And I really couldn’t have cared less.

My daughter is often still at the table in her onesie, sipping orange juice at the speed of a snail. On a good day, she will be dressed, and already stood in front of an Alice in Wonderland mirror (mine from when I was young), pulling her hair into a perfect and very intricate hairstyle.

And me? I’ll be in my pyjamas – wiping the kitchen, loading the dishwasher or hanging the washing out. When I get home from dropping the kids off, I want things clean, tidy and organised. So I will damn well get it all done before we set off for school if it kills me!

That’s 8am in our house. How is yours?

PicMonkey 8amCollage

I’m joining in with the TWO HUNDREDTH (how awesome is that?) Gallery at Sticky Fingers. I’ve enjoyed joining in most weeks for the last two years, it’s amazing that some people have done 200! Pop on over and show some bi-centennial love and find out how others have interpreted the theme ‘8am’.

Author: Sarah Mummy

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16 Comments

  1. Your 8am sounds much like my 8am. Lots of rushing and fussing and just waiting for the calm to return.

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    • Yep! It’s hard work! One of the hardest parts of the day.

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  2. Exhausted reading that. I’m working on training my kids to do a LOT more things for themselves in the mornings. It’s a very slow process!

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    • My kids seem to be un-trainable! One day it might happen!

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  3. Mine is the same if I’m at home for the school run – frantically running about loading dishwasher / washing machine / tumble drier / washing line / checking work emails / writing a quick blog post / yelling ‘feed the rabbits / put your shoes on / clean your teeth / brush your hair / why have you put dirty uniform back on’ etc
    Husband makes sure the kids are out the door and at school on time if it’s his turn – so I suppose I should be grateful for that!!!

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    • That’s exactly right! I have ‘feed the guinea pigs!’ to yell. Nice that you get the husband taking his turn. Since I’ve been working at home I’ve had to do it all! My husband used to do one day a week.

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  4. Sounds hectic to say the least! Do you drop your daughter off in your pyjamas too?! By 8am our house has usually calmed down eg the girls have left! But The Boy will be sat glued to the ipad, no socks on, teeth unbrushed and hair looking unkempt as usual – boys!

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    • No, I do manage to get my clothes on in time to do the school run! It’s always the last thing I do though. Funny how your boy sounds exactly like my two!

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  5. WoW your lad sounds like my youngest girl. Half dressed, crazy mop hair, zombie walking to breakfast. Doesn’t it feel like you have done a day’s work before the door is open to start the day?

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    • It certainly does! Thanks very much for commenting. And glad it’s not just me who has crazy-haired kids!

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    • I do! No wonder I’m always stressed.

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  6. It’s for these very reasons you mention above that come the weekend I enjoy a lie in but Brown Owl has just emailed me to say the girls start Rainbows 9am on Saturday. Bitter sweet, I’m happy they are in but bang goes my Saturday lie in

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    • I never have a lie-in! I don’t even like them any more. Hope they enjoy their Rainbows, at least you get a break while they’re there!

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    • Glad it’s not just me!

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