Karla: Yes...finally. The kids all sleep on a different floor than us and most nights are extremely peaceful minus an occasional bed wetting accident or lost stuffed animal.
Megan: On the whole, yes. Last night? Four-year-old was awakened at 3:08am by the alarm on his watch that he inadvertently set, shortly followed by eleven-month-old who was hungry. Or wanted to play. Or something.
Tara: Yep. We have been blessed with a pretty awesome sleeper. That said, we have recently had a few incidents where Nicholas wakes up in the middle of the night with what we have come to refer to as "Demonic Possession Tantrums". These consist of my boy screaming at the top of his lungs, and refusing any type of soothing that would normally appeal to him (pacifier, drink of water, blankie, being held). I once took him out of his crib during one of these incidents. He writhed and screamed to get down. I did put him down, and he ran to his changing table, grabbed his shoe off of it, and proceeded to alternately bite it and throw it around the room. As someone terrified by the movie, "The Exorcist", I am not a fan of these nights.
Do you and your spouse go on dates or away together without the kids? How important is this?
Becky: My husband and I try to do lunch once/week. Very important. Wish we had more evening dates, but with us both working and kids in daycare, it doesn't seem fair to leave them with a babysitter yet again over the weekend. When we can, we'll ship them off to the grandparents' house for a little R and R.
Karla: Absolutely. We started taking nights away when the kids were thre-months-old. I think spending uninterrupted time catching up with your spouse is crucial for a healthy marriage.
Megan: No. We need to do this, but rarely figure out how to make it happen.
Tara: Occasionally, but this is really on my goal list to do more. We try to do movie-dates on weekend nights now that we have a "grown-up house" with a nice big TV. Unfortunately, I often pass out about 20 minutes into a movie. I also still make it a priority to see my favorite 80's coverband once a month, though sometimes that is solo. A girl needs her vices.
Dinner is over. The kids are asleep. What's next on your evening agenda?
Becky: Recently, watching baseball. Otherwise: laundry, cleaning up the kitchen, vegging in front of the television (most often).
Karla: Desert and "Breaking Bad."
Megan: Cleaning the kitchen. Next I turn to the computer to do something important, which I immediately can't remember, then waste time on Facebook instead.
Tara: Shower, lay out my clothes for the next day (in order to maximize sleeping time), set the automatic coffee pot, feel guilty that I am not sitting down to read something professionally enhancing/of literary note/about good parenting techniques, and then instead attempt to stay awake to watch a TV show that has been languishing away on my DVR. Making it to the end of a show is unlikely.
Kids' television: Do you watch it? What is the best (or at least most tolderable) show? What's the worst?
Becky: We love the Fresh Beats! Went to their concert. Back stage passes. It was awesome. The kindergartner has started watching Disney XD which is a whole new world of teeny-bopper-ness...not sure how long we'll be able to handle Zak and Cody... poor two-year-old is missing out on "Wonder Pets" and "Backyardagains."
Karla: Ugh, no way. But my kids do! I can stand "The Cat and the Hat" and "Phineas and Ferb." I can't stand "Max and Ruby".
Megan: My poor children rarely watch TV, but when they do, it's PBS. They currently like "Wild Kratts." I don't watch it, so I have no opinion.
Tara: Nicholas usually only sees "Thomas the Train," "Doc McStuffins," "Seasame Street" and anything on PBS Kids. The best and most tolerable for me are "Sesame Street" and "Dinosaur Train." Nicholas's fave is Thomas, but it is by far my least favorite. Just hearing that theme music makes me want to plug my ears sometimes. Also, Nicholas has never seen an episode of "Barney" by choice.
Let's say you get to hang out with one celebrity mom for the day. Name who, and why (Snooki, guys? Come on. Say Snooki).
Becky: Michelle Obama...how does she do it all? I know she has a lot of help, but wow she's got her stuff together!