Maybe this topic has been done to death, but I really enjoy reading other blogger’s “day in the life” posts, so I thought I’d do my own. Before I begin I need to say 2 things: 1) I picked a day at random, and it happened to be a non-running day. Maybe I should’ve done a running day, but I didn’t want to plan it out in advance because I wanted it to be a “real day” (if that makes sense). I didn’t want to plan a bunch of things just to put them in the blog. Anyway…2) I tend to get a bit long-winded because I rabbit-trail way too much, and I like to explain things. I’m already doing it here by explaining how I like to explain. Just know this post will be a bit long…sorry for those of you who don’t like to read a lot.
Here we go…
6:00am – Like I said this was not a running day, so T was my alarm clock. He wasn’t crying, so I let him jabber on in his room and I tried to finish the dream I was having.
7:00am – I finally crawl out of bed and get T up. I change his diaper (which he protests because he wants to eat first) and then nurse him while I read some blogs on the iPad. Around 7:30 he’s done eating, so I let him crawl around his room while I finish reading. He rediscovers his excersaucer, so I put him in there to play while I work on breakfast.
At some point before he leaves for work, Paul changes T’s diaper. Usually we use pre-folds in the morning because T needs to be changed A LOT and we’ve had issues with our Fuzzibunz leaking in the morning. Today, though, we didn’t have a clean diaper cover, so I had put him in a cheap chinese diaper we bought on Ebay. Paul switched him to a Fuzzibun(z?) at this point.
8:00am(ish) – Paul has left for work and T and I eat our breakfast. My breakfast is the same every day: Over-easy egg “McMuffin” with cheddar cheese, yogurt with fruit (the fruit varies with the season), and homemade granola, and coffee (lots of coffee). Today T has nectarines, yogurt, and cinnamon oatmeal. We are slow eaters so breakfast take a while.
8:45am – I decide to rearrange and clean the sunroom so T won’t be tempted to pull on the computer cables. Then I set him in the pack’n'play while I try to clean up the kitchen. I get all the dishes washed but I have to leave his high chair and the floor for later because T is starting to get fussy.
9:00am(ish) – I take T to his room, change him, and nurse him. He is a long nurser, so I catch up on some blog reading (or Harry Potter) while he eats.
9:40am – I finally put a, now very sweaty, baby in his crib to nap. Then I putter around trying to decide if I should take a shower or do some housework. I decide that a shower is pointless because if I leave the house I will most likely be sweating or get rained on (there’s an 80% chance, but at the moment it looks cloudless and hot). I try to do something with my hair and ultimately decide that anyone who judges me based on my appearance can shove it. So I attempt to pull it back in a tiny ponytail, which takes more Bobby pins and effort than it’s probably worth, but at least it out of my face for once. Then I mess around on the blog a bit.
10:20am – I decide I should do some housework because T could wake up at any point, so I quickly change the litter box, switch the laundry from the washer to the drier, do my knee stretches, and finish cleaning up the kitchen. As I’m sweeping the kitchen floor I find 2 beads (bees?) and I have no idea where they came from. And yes, I am totally mentioning it so I can share that Arrested Development video.
Anyway…by the time all of this is done I realize there is no way we will make it to the library by 11:00 for the baby program. So I try to scramble our lunches (me: hummus & veggie sandwich, pickle, cherry tomatoes, port wine cheese spread, and crackers, T: brussel sprouts, variety of beans, carrots, squash, and turnips) together and call my friend to let her know we won’t be at the library, but will be able to eat lunch at the park or her house or whatever.
11:00am – I kill yet another black bug and swear up and down to myself how much I hate living in Iowa (I guess I should at least be happy we don’t have silverfish – I hate silverfish). The humidity is already starting to get to me at this point today too. I mess around with the blog while I wait for T to wake up.
11:45am – T wakes up. I quickly get him dressed and the stroller packed up. Then we head over to our friend’s house hoping to avoid the rain (it is cloudy at this point). Before we leave I have to stuff two diapers and throw his dirty ones in the wash. Unfortunately, we’re not out the door until 12:10pm.
12:20pm – My friend calls and has to cancel our plans, so T and I continue on towards the consignment store. I buy two dresses there.
12:50pm – The headband I am wearing gives me a huge headache, so I stop at a coffee shop for some caffeine. T makes friends with some old ladies while I wait for my iced chai.
1:00pm – We stop at the grocery store for a bell pepper and mushrooms. On the way home I listen to Twilight (my adult self is disappointed in my choice of literature, but my 16 year-old self is way into it). T blows raspberries while we walk.
1:30pm – We’re home, so I get T changed (he has leaked, so his clothes go in the laundry and I question whether we have the diapers on the correct setting). I change my clothes as the walk has made me sweat profusely (did I mention the humidity?).
1:45pm – I nurse T and email Paul to let him know he does not have to pick up the pepper or mushrooms. I catch up on some more reading while T finishes eating. I decide to take my hair down, as my headache has returned, and therefore look disheveled the rest of the day.
2:00pm – We (I) unpack our lunch and eat. Tobias glares at us during this because he’s trying to take a nap on a pile of bibs. T tries a pickle for the first time. Halfway through lunch I remember I needed to grab some enchiladas from the freezer, so I run to the garage to grab them.
2:20pm – T is done eating, so I hand him a spoon to play with while I finish eating (I am a really slow eater). Then he goes into the sunroom to play while I clean up the kitchen. I put on some music (Tom Petty Pandora). T likes it when I sing (badly) along to him.
2:45pm – I try to get some work done (organizing our budget, cleaning up my desk, etc) while T plays. This lasts about a minute before he has fallen over and needs to be comforted. Then 5 minutes after that he needs to be changed and is starting to get fussy, so I get him ready for a nap.
3:10pm – I am still nursing T when my mom calls. As soon as he finishes and is napping I call her back. Our conversation has me distracted, so the only thing I’m able to accomplish during it is switching the diapers from the washer to the drier.
4:00pm – After I get off the phone with my mom I finish up the things I wasn’t able to finish before T went down for his nap.
4:20pm – T starts to wake up, so I finish tidying up a bit, get him up, and change his diaper. Then he’s back to the sunroom while I work on putting a few things on Craigslist and respond to a few emails.
5:00pm – Craigslist screws up my internet connection, but I’m not sure what the problem is, so I have to shut down the computer. For a few minutes I feel like my left arm has been cut off.
5:15pm – Paul comes home from work and we play with T and talk about our day.
5:40pm – Paul left his keys at work, so he heads back there to pick them up. I continue working on emails while T plays.
6:00pm – Paul comes back and I start working on dinner. Paul changes T. Then I nurse T.
6:25pm – I dropped the ball on getting dinner going on time, so it was taking longer than I planned. We decide we should do T’s bath before we eat dinner (if we want to eat together). Tonight Paul does his bath. I run downstairs to take care of the diapers in the drier, then check on dinner. Of course, the enchilada sauce was starting to stick to the pan.
6:35pm – Paul and T are done with the bath, so we give T a bit of naked time and I take a shower while Paul works on the sauce.
6:45pm – At this point I decide I’ve screwed up eating together as a family, so we decide to feed T his dinner (everything he didn’t finish for lunch plus green beans, avocado, cottage cheese, and a few bananas) and we would just eat our dinner after he’s in bed. I clean up the kitchen while he eats and Paul has a bit of work to do, so he works in the sunroom.
7:15pm – We had a bottle left over from the night before (Tuesday nights are Paul’s nights on baby duty, so we always have a bottle ready to go), so Paul changed his diaper (no pj’s, because, OMG the humidity), said “goodnight”, and put him to bed. I finished cleaning up the kitchen.
7:35pm – T isn’t totally asleep, but sleepy enough that he could fall asleep on his own, so Paul and I eat. Unfortunately, the enchiladas are a bit too spicy for Paul and he gets the hiccups (eventually I find a spicy spot and agree with him).
8:00pm – T is still not asleep and is now crying, so Paul heads back to his room to comfort/change/feed him. I clean up our dishes and have a piece of chocolate.
8:05pm – T is asleep and we cross our fingers that he stays that way until 6:00am.
8:15pm – Paul and I have been reading through the Harry Potter series (because, you know, we’re like 12) and watching the movies as I finish the books (Paul has already finished them). Side note: We’ve been watching the movies with Rifftracks and if you’ve never watched a movie this way, you should – it’s incredibly funny (made the first two Harry Potters much more bearable). We decided to start watching Order of the Phoenix (it will probably take 2-3 days for us to finish it). I sort the laundry and stuff diapers while we watch the move. Also, I started taking an online writing class that starts today, so I check into the class and figure out what the first assignment was.
8:30pm – That 80% chance of rain finally happened.
9:15pm – We head to bed. I have to get up early to run, so I’m not much good after 9:00pm.
So, there you have it – our entire day. Sorry the pictures aren’t the greatest – an iPhone and a wiggly baby aren’t the best combination for good pictures. :)