2am: Woke for the pre dawn meal. Ate some oats, fruit & drank a glass of water. I can’t even remember what I said to my husband or if I even spoke.
3am: Pray Fajr (morning prayer) and sleep
6.30/7am: My 10 month old wakes me up, shortly after my eldest walks in to the bedroom to announce that she is awake. My son strolls in after.
7.30-8am: hubby leaves for work. The morning shift begins..breakfast for all 3 & get them ready for the day
9.30am: we go to the park to burn off my son’s excess energy. I bump into a friend who tells me Ramadan is difficult with kids.
11.30am: we leave the park. The kids are hungry. Its lunchtime
12.30pm: Lunch is done, time for the baby to nap. The elder two get out their work books and study for a while
1.30pm: time for Zuhr (mid day prayer) the kids play out. I do the chores quickly conscious that the baby will awake soon.
2pm: Imaan awakes. She is screaming for food. I quickly put together a snack for her and she quietens down.
3pm: we draw, play with toys, our neighbours daughter pops round.
3:30pm: the kids are hungry again I make kebab sandwiches. The icecream van rocks up. We chase him down the street.
4pm: I switch the telly on for the kids. Put the baby down for another nap. Fireman Sam blasts through my ears. I call my sister round. I go through my emails, send replies and check the news.
6pm: my husband returns from work. Baby wakes up. And evening routine begins
7pm: we pray Asr (late afternoon prayer) together. The kids have dinner and we go through what the kids have done today and mark their behaviour charts, made specially for Ramadan.
8pm: bedtime for the kids. I begin writing today’s blog.
We will at:
9pm: start getting our meal to break our fast ready.
9.30pm: pray and eat.
10-11:15- drink tea, gorge my face with chocolate and relax. Pray and sleep.
Friends and family have asked me how I am finding Ramadan now that I have 3 kids and am on mat leave.
My reply: I am so busy I barely remember that I am fasting until I sit down and the fatigue hits. But I am grateful because I have noticed the kids are sympathetic. Also so glad that my day is packed, it means I have less time to think about my empty belly.
Strangely normally I have to eat/snack every two hours to keep my energy levels up. But I think my mental and physical state is stronger because I know I am fasting so have to keep persisting with the day ahead of me.
Anyway until tomorrow when its a repeat of all of the above with some modifications.