The New Thing here is that my middle child started pre-K this year - so now my commute is dependent on getting two children ready in the morning.
So far, it's been OK.
But it's certainly an adjustment.
I used to get to work pretty consistently at 7am.
I liked getting there more than an hour before any students - I got so much done in that quiet hour-plus, and then during the day I had opportunities to be social because I had lots of time before school to get done what I needed to.
Then I started taking my daughter to school, and I wasn't leaving the house until 7am.
Good-bye, free time.
Now I spend most free minutes during the school day slamming to get work done because I know before school isn't an option...and there are few days I can stay after school without family obligations to pull me away.
Luckily for me, the girls enjoy the activities offered after school, so if I'm in a bind and need to stay, I don't feel guilty about it. Also, they had some practice this summer with a long day and commuting between school and home with their camp experience.
And I'm sure I'm healthier because of the chauffeuring of my daughters. With the time I'm saving by leaving later I'm eating the solid breakfast that I know I've written about multiple times before. If I was on my own I'd be having Dunkin' Donuts way too much and I'm sure I'd weigh too much right now.
Sometimes it's hard. Sometimes one or both girls are slow to get going in the morning. Sometimes they want to listen to the radio while I want to listen to podcasts. Sometimes I remember a jacket for me and forget that I'm also responsible for two other little people and they're not exactly dressed appropriately for school and colder fall weather.
But almost every day for nine months I get to drive in the car to and from my place of work with two of my favorite people in the world.
And that's worth a rough morning or two.