Today went surprisingly well. As Jen said, any day that ended in us all alive would be a successful one. You could say I didn't have the highest expectations going into it and perhaps that helped me to be realistic about what the day would bring.
The morning was pretty smooth. Emma woke first and nursed and I jumped in the shower before M left for work. Will got up and we headed downstairs for breakfast. I got dressed and changed Emma while he ate and then I got him ready. And we were out the door and ten minutes early to our mom's group!
Will did have a meltdown on our return home. I think he got used to M being around and perhaps thought he'd be here when we got home. He was disappointed and a little tired from his morning of play and it resulted in a pretty serious tantrum. Of course, Emma was also hungry at that precise moment so I had to do a little Mommy Triage. I went with the kid that needed me most (Emma) since the other one (Will) was basically being a little turkey. I tried to comfort him and when that didn't work, I changed his diaper and put him in his crib (it was naptime). I nursed Emma on one side and then put her down to go deal with him. By that time, he had tired himself out and a quick "rock rock" later and he went down easily for his nap. I then returned to Emma and nursed her on the other side.
We had a pleasant afternoon. Emma napped for most of it and my girlfriend came over with her little boy and Will got more playtime. I then felt up to making a regular dinner. . . no heated leftovers or something from the freezer. As much as I appreciated all of the people who brought us meals, it was exciting to get back in the kitchen and prepare a meal for my family. I made M's favorite and I think he was pretty surprised to come home and find dinner well on its way to being done, the bed made, and the kids alive!
Of course, Emma woke up just as I served dinner, and was ready for her dinner so my timing was a bit off there. But I didn't mind, I just sat on the couch (which is near the dining table) so we all could still talk while she ate. When she was done, M held her so I could eat.
So, we still have bedtime to get through (which has been a bit of a challenge lately), but I would call today a success. Everyone is still alive. Now. . . onto tomorrow!