Sunday, June 30, 2013

A Day in the Life

I was reading my friend Allison's blog a little while ago, and I enjoyed a "day in the life" post she wrote. I know in a few years I'll struggle to remember exactly how crazy it was with a 3 yr old and a 3 month old, so I wanted to capture it here and have it to look back on.

Every day is a little different with a 3 month old in the mix, but this captures the gist of it.

4:51: Liv wakes up hungry. Bless his heart, Mike gets up and feeds her and lets me lay in bed a while. When he needs to get ready for work at about 5:15, he brings her to me and we snuggle in bed a little while.

She is fussing a bit so I take her downstairs and make her a couple more ounces of formula. She often likes a "top off" after she eats, before she goes back to sleep.  She hangs out in her bouncer seat while I whip up her snack.

5:30: After her top off, she is back to sleep as I expected. Check out that formula drool.

5:40: Ben is up. He is always up between 5:30 and 6 these days, when he wanders into our room, loaded down with stuffed animals, and climbs into bed with us. But there is no back to sleep once he is up. He is always wide awake and ready to go. Mike intercepts him in the hall and tells him to keep it down because Olivia is sleeping.

Olivia is still out like a light.

Ben pretends to be asleep too. I wish!

6:00: Mike heads to the train and off to work. I get up, get myself ready for work, and get Ben dressed. I pull my premade smoothie out of the freezer for breakfast. (Thanks Emily for the awesome tip about making a big batch and storing them in the Ball freezer cups. Perfect!)

Since we are killing time because Olivia is still sleeping, Ben eats breakfast at home this day instead of at school. Yogurt and oranges are his choice this morning. His stuffed animals join him at the table, but of course he has to sit on the table to eat instead of in a chair.

And please note his pajamas -- super man pants and a tank top. He is currently obsessed with this combo.

6:45: Still killing time because Liv is asleep, I load up all our crap in the car.

And get Ben buckled in. He's in his Thomas swim suit because it is Wednesday, which is "water day" at school during the summer months.

7:00: I finally just carry Olivia down still in her pajamas and put her in the car seat. She wakes up at some point on our drive to school, cooing and smiling the entire drive.

We've been having so. much. rain. This day was no exception. The skies were cloudy and rain was imminent.

7:10: Ben leads the charge back to the infant room to drop off Olivia.

7:20: Since Ben ate breakfast at home today, I just get him some milk and juice. He and his buddy Cameron are having a good time, so I am able to get out the door with no fuss or drama from Ben. Hallelujah!

7:45: At my desk, ready for the work day. It is nothing worth blogging about, so I'll spare you those details. ;-)

4:45: I head to daycare to get the kids. Olivia is smiley and happy to see me.

5:30: We're home! Ben gives Olivia a kiss. Such a good big brother!

5:45: After I get Ben settled I put Olivia in her bouncer in the kitchen while I make dinner. Sophie the Giraffe keeps her entertained for a bit.

6:00: Olivia gets hungry, so I abandoned dinner prep to feed her while Ben plays with his airplane. Notice he is already back in his favorite tank top and superman pants.

6:15: Once Olivia is fed, I can tell she is tired so I put her in her swing for a cat nap and go back to prepping dinner.

Dinner is ready for the oven. Tonight I make a new recipe -- ham and cheese baked sandwiches. Mike tells me later that the sauce is too sweet and he isn't a fan, but at least I tried.

Dee has no qualms with the dinner I'm making.

6:30: Ben snacks on some pretzels while we wait for dinner to bake. I check on Olivia. Still sleeping.

6:45: Daddy's home! Dee is the very excited for his arrival.

We eat dinner and dessert. Ice cream bars for us and Oreos for Ben. He just likes to lick the cream off them. He won't eat the cookie part.

7:15: Dinner/dessert is done and I get some cuddles from Ben. Yes, I'm wearing pink pig pajama pants. I think it is obvious who Ben gets his "style" from.

7:20: Olivia is up from her nap. I play with her while Mike takes the garbage cans out. At one point she is laughing and it is the cutest thing ever. Mike was still out in the garage taking out the garbage so I couldn't get a video. Maybe next time.

This is a common scene in our house. Ben always wants to climb up and sit with us. Occasionally Dee jumps up too. I miss the days when I actually had a chair all to myself sometimes, but I love my cuddlers!

7:45: I get Olivia ready for bed and Mike gives her a bottle while I give Ben a shower. Mike will cuddle with her on the couch until she is asleep, then carry her up to her bed. Usually around 8:45. We take turns putting the kids to bed. Tonight is my night with Ben and Mike's night with Olivia.

8:00: Out of the shower and Ben insists on getting his pajama's on by himself. He is a big boy!

Where's Waldo? Can you find Ben in the huge pile of stuffed animals he keeps on his bed?

Spotted. One 3 yr old with way too many stuffed animals.

8:45: Lights out for Ben and I head out. (You can see the red nightstand I recently painted and some of the art I hung up. I need to do a post on the kids' rooms one of these days.)

9:00: After washing up for the night, I head back downstairs to clean the kitchen, prep Olivia's bottles for the next day, pack lunches, and fold a load of laundry.

10:30: Mike and I head up to bed and check in on Olivia. I was brave enough to snap a few pictures. Luckily the flash didn't wake her. She is a good sleeper, this one.

Here is the art I recently hung above her crib. 5 of the 6 are free prints off the internet, printed from my computer. All are framed in Ikea frames. You have to love cheap/free art!

11:00: I fall asleep in the middle of reading "The Diviners" on my Kindle. The morning comes way too quickly and we start all over again...


  1. Cute, Cute Blog Post! I got tired just reading it.

  2. you've worn me out too! That baby is so cute. And I love Ben's wife beater tee with his pj bottoms. All of you in the chair takes me back to you and Jaimee pushing each other out of my lap (like there wasn't room for two?)

  3. P.S... how many people were you expecting for dinner? I count 12 sandwiches and I know Ben and Livvie didn't eat any!

  4. The sandwiches were minis, like sliders. I had two, Ben had one, and Mike had four or five. I planned to use the extra for lunch the next day, but the sauce made them goopy