With Shelley away at a conference for a couple days, I prepared last night as much as I could for a smooth morning and drop off at daycare. The breakfast table was set, apple juice poured and waiting in the fridge, coffee maker programmed, the kids' bags packed and ready by the door, I stopped short of pouring out the cereal into their bowls.
My best laid plans didn't account for timing. Kai was cheerily awake at 4:55 a.m. He burbled happily for 20 minutes before fussing enough that I felt obligated to retrieve him. We put away some laundry and he woke his sister just before 6:00.
Even with the early start, the stormy weather slowed us up en route to daycare and we arrived at the usual time.