Oof. Blog posts are few and far between these days, aren’t they? Honestly, lack of time is a huge factor, as is a general ambivalence about sharing my life on the internet (especially now that there are little people involved). I do love me a good “Day in the Life” post, however – they’re such a fun way to capture a moment in time! So here I go, linking up with Julia for Day in the Life Roundup Spring 2016.
Tuesday, April 5, 2016
M is 32
G is 31
S is 2 days shy of 26 months old
Lil G is 1 day shy of 11 weeks old
Stinson pup is 6 years old
We live in Natomas, a suburb of Sacramento.
2:45 am – Wake up to nurse Lil G. Back to sleep 15 minutes later.
6:35 am – Wake up to the sound of Lil G crying. Go to his nursery and nurse him, leaving S sleeping in our bed. (She has been sleeping in a toddler bed for months now, but still comes to our bedroom almost every night to finish out the night with us.) Spend a peaceful hour scrolling my phone while the baby sleeps on me. G has been long gone to work at this point; he usually leaves before 6.
7:30 am – Head back to our bedroom and find that S is actually awake and watching the “movie” on the monitor. She says, “I watching the giraffe fassipier (Wubbanub pacifier) movie!” So cute. I tell her our plans for the day, which include seeing her best friend C and she gets excited. I check her diaper and am relieved there are no leaks – this is our first time in cloth diapers overnight in about a year, and it makes me happy that they still work (and simultaneously sad that we haven’t used them in so long…could have saved a lot of money, but I was pregnant and lazy). I change S into clothes, and she puts up a battle per usual. I then change Lil G into clothes, and finally, myself. No shower or makeup for me this morning – good thing I showered last night!
8:30ish am – We head downstairs for breakfast. S eats Earth’s Best frozen waffles with cream cheese (cream cheese on waffles is one of the quirky things she likes) with strawberries. I scarf down a Larabar since we are kind of in a rush and I am not very hungry. I pop the kids in double jogging stroller (we just caved and bought a side-by-side Baby Jogger Summit x3 Double and I am in love with it) and take Stinson on quick walk so he can do his business.
9:15 am – I get the kids in the car and send Kellie a Glympse of my location. (Have you heard of this app? It’s amazing. You can share your GPS location with people so they know when to expect you. And it’s free!)
9:35 am – We get to Kellie’s house, where Kellie & C are waiting for us. I take the stroller out of the car, snap G’s carseat into it & S gets on the piggyback skateboard. We walk 1/2 mile to gated park where S and C play while Kellie and I chat. We haven’t seen each other in a couple weeks so there is lots to catch up on, and it’s nice that the park is gated so we can relax for the most part. The girls push each other, go down the slide, and hurt themselves and cry at various intervals. At one point S is devastated because she dropped her container of nuts on the ground. Typical toddler stuff! Around 10:45, we start walking back to Kellie’s house.
11 am – I leave Kellie’s house but pull over because I think my car is making a strange sound. Turns out it’s nothing so I get back on the road. Since we’re driving past Midtown Sacramento, I decide to stop at Tres Hermanas for lunch – it’s my favorite Mexican restaurant and we used to live down the street…I still miss it pretty much every day. On the walk from the car to the restaurant, S exclaims that “we are in a jungle.” The poor kid is now used to suburbs where there are no trees. :(
We get a table outside and snack on chips while we wait for our food. I order my favorite salad, the Ensalada Nortena. The waitress brings S a styrofoam cup with water and the following conversation ensues:
S: I have my coffee. Milk!
Me: It’s actually water.
S: It’s actually water.
Ah, age 2, you are so fun. S and I share my salad (though she eats more chips than anything else), and then I nurse Lil G. The sun in shining and S is in an incredibly good mood. I chalk up my first solo restaurant outing with both kids is a success!
12:20 pm – We head home. S falls asleep in the car, which bums me out a bit because she’s been taking later naps lately so I thought we’d make it for sure. Car naps are the worst! Oh well. Lil G starts crying right when the car stops so I take him out and we head in house. I prop door to garage open so I can hear S. I do some stuff around the kitchen, change and feed Lil G, then quickly run up to his nursery to finish hanging some wall art I’ve been meaning to hang. Meanwhile, I listen to a new podcast and tell myself that I really should listen to podcasts more often because I really enjoy them.
2:15 pm – S wakes up from her car nap. She is super sweaty so I change her, and she spots her old Halloween costume in her closet and tells me she wants to dress up like a monkey. Inspired by something I heard on the podcast I was listening to, I decide to let her. Then she wants to put on her princess dress, so who am I to say no? Princess dress on, we head downstairs.
3 pm – Once downstairs, S won’t let me put Lil G in the swing, insisting it’s her baby doll’s turn in the swing. I tell her that’s fine, but in that case we can’t go play outside because Lil G needs to be in swing if we go outside. She thinks this over and decides she can give G a turn after all. She then runs over to pantry and starts requesting things. I can tell she’s hungry so I decide to fix her a snack of sliced apples and peanut butter. I recently resigned myself to the fact that I love Skippy more than any other type of peanut butter despite the fact that it’s not the “good for you” peanut butter, and I am so much happier to have accepted that. I also make us a smoothie to share because I have fruit (banana, raspberries, blueberries & strawberries & fresh OJ) in fridge I don’t want to go bad. S sees me pouring OJ and declares “I want to drink a beer!”
Kids say darnedest things, where does she get this stuff?! We sit together at the table and eat our snacks. While we eat, S is chattering about her princess dress, and declares, “I want some ballet stints” (ballet slippers?) Not sure where she gets this stuff, but she is oh so fun right now. After our snack, S runs outside and plays in the back yard.
4:30 pm – Lil G won’t stop screaming, so I pop the kids in the double stroller and go for a 20 minute walk. It’s pretty hot outside. The walk seems to do the trick and G calms down.
4:50 pm – We are back home and I turn on Daniel Tiger for S. I clean out my car and the kitchen while she finishes Daniel Tiger and watches an episode of Clifford as well.
5:30 pm – I turn off the TV. S keeps asking for food so I give her a pouch while I prepare some dinner for her. She loves Aidells Chicken & Apple mini sausages so I heat some of them up in the oven and serve them with marinara sauce over pasta. S eats her dinner and I have a snack, then S heads back outside to play in the back yard. She saw her daddy washing my car over the weekend, so she grabs the kitchen towels and asks me to turn on the hose so she can “wash” her Little Tikes car. Sorry California drought, this is just too adorable.
6:25 pm – G gets home from work, which is on the earlier side for him. S exclaims, “I miss you so much! I love you so much!” which just melts both of our hearts. Those two have a special bond, for sure. We have carnitas bowls for dinner – a super easy meal I assembled while S was playing outside. G and I talk about our respective days and S starts yelling and interrupting to get our attention, which earns her a time out.
7:10 pm – After dinner, G and S head outside and “play soccer” in the backyard – basically kicking around a ball. S sees a mosquito and runs inside because she’s scared of the “squitos.” I can’t blame her, I had horrible reactions to the Sacramento mosquitoes last summer and am not looking forward to the mosquitoes this summer, especially with the Zika stuff going around.
7:20 pm – I nurse Lil G in his nursery while S & G finish up playing outside and then do bath time around 7:30 pm. G usually takes care of S’s bath and nightime routine, which is immensely helpful now that Lil G is here. Meanwhile, I change Lil G, put him to bed in his crib and face the immense mountain of laundry that needs to be folded and put away.
8:38 pm – I hop in the shower, blow dry my hair, and do my skincare routine. This is not a usual occurrence but a friend of mine recently sent me some Arbonne samples so I’m giving it a shot. There are many steps and it feels very adult-like of me, but I am pretty sure I’ll never be able to keep this up. It does feel kind of nice to take this time to pamper myself though. I head downstairs and turn on the electric kettle to boil water for tea, then promptly forget about it. I realize that G never came out of S’s room, so he must have fallen asleep while putting her to bed again (poor guy. This happens at least once a week it seems. He works too hard!). I wake him up (so he can go to bed, the irony) and kiss him goodnight, then head downstairs to watch Parks & Rec.
9:30 pm – Turn on Parks & Rec. It’s one of those shows that we never quite got into when it was on, but are loving now that we can binge watch it on Netflix. I think tonight’s episode might be my favorite episode so far – the Trial of Leslie Knope. So so good. Chris Traeger “literally” kills me. I am kind of half-watching knowing that I will likely re-watch the episode with G tomorrow. I am also simultaneously online shopping though I don’t end up buying anything. I type up my notes for this blog post and eat a mini Drumstick.
10:35 pm – Done typing up my notes, so I turn off the TV, take Stinson out one last time, turn on the alarm and head to bed.