But why does it take fifty minutes to get ready to go out, before you've even taken the car out of the garage?
- Changing bag - chuck out old snack wrappers
- Snack box - remotely healthy and edible in eyes of TD
- Flask a - if I've rinsed out why are instructions and strap still inside?
- Flask b - quick rinse, chuck in some boiling water. Two birds and all that.
- Try to get hot meal into TD (1.5 fish fingers, but ravioli ditched in favour of journey snacks*)
- Microwave - hot milk and coffee for flask
- Eat something - so I'm not hungry later
- Emergency Mummy snacks - throw a few Snickers into changing bag
- Car entertainment - teddy bear for sleepy cuddles, CD for distraction-singing
- Milk - calculate how much (not enough) and how hot it needs to be to be drunk in three hours
- Cat - full dishes?
- MrS15 - bottle of water and edible snacks that will not ruin dinner
Not to mention the preparation that began in the morning, trying to make sure TD was suitable tired for a morning, and not afternoon, nap, and counting down from the time we need to leave the house. Style is not all about what you're wearing.
Oh, and did I mention it was raining?
But at least we were outside with a grumpy toddler, who absolutely loves splashing in her wellies, in her wellies; she could splash all day long in her wellies....
*how DO you pack snacks without a hawkeye of a toddler spotting and instantly wanting snacks and/or explaining that they are For Later (when she's having a meltdown in the car because she's tired)?