Since the kids have officially hit 2.5 years and 6 months, I figured it was time for another “day in the life” post. I’ve been trying to do these roughly every 3 months since Squish was born. Here are links to my previous posts:
Day in the Life – 26 Months + 2 Months
Day in the Life – 21 Months
Day in the Life – 18 Months
Day in the Life – 15 Months
Day in the Life – 12 Months
Day in the Life – 9 Months
Day in the Life – 6 Months
Day in the Life – 3 Months
It’s taken a while but we’re finally in somewhat of a routine with the two kiddos. No day is the same, but most days follow the same general pattern. I sucked at taking pictures yesterday so I threw in a few pictures from various days lately to help get the point across.
Here’s what most days look like:
As I’ve mentioned, Little Miss is not the best sleeper. She typically wakes up 3 times per night to nurse. I think part of this is because she’s easily distracted while nursing during the day so she tends to get more of her calories nursing at night when it’s dark and quiet. Luckily her wakeups have gotten a bit better lately in that she’ll just wake up, eat fairly quickly and then go right back to sleep.
She typically wakes up around 1:30, then again around 3:30 and 5:30. Some days I get up after that wakeup and try to get some work done. Other days I try to grab a bit more sleep. She’s typically up for the day by 6:30 at the latest but is usually in good spirits so I can get some stuff done.
Squish wakes up around 7:45 or 8. I get breakfast ready for everyone while hubby gets Squish up. Little Miss either hangs in her carseat, her doorway jumper or as of this past week, her high chair. I’ve started giving her some solids but she doesn’t have much interest in them yet so that typically only lasts a few minutes.
From 8-9 we finish up breakfast, hubby leaves for work, drink coffee, play and sometimes watch tv. Nature Cat and Curious George are on PBS during that hour. Some mornings I try to sneak in some work during this hour while feeding Little Miss and Squish entertains himself. I’m also usually running around trying to do laundry or clean the kitchen, get everyone dressed, feed the animals, etc.
Around 9am we usually head out. Tuesdays and Wednesdays I teach our 9:30 class at the gym, Thursdays Squish has Little Gym at 9:30. Mondays and Fridays we don’t have anything scheduled so sometimes we stay home, sometimes we head to the park, play outside, etc.
Unless we have errands to run, we’re usually home around 10:45. Now that it’s warmer, we usually play outside for a while before lunch. Little Miss rarely naps, but occasionally she falls asleep on the way home and gets a quick snooze while Squish and I play. Lunch is sometime between 11:30 and noon. Hubby comes home for lunch and he typically puts Squish down for a nap while I cleanup/try to get organized. Once Squish is down for his nap around 12:45, I go into work mode.
Some days I nurse the baby while working on the computer, some days I make and shoot recipes. I also tend to schedule calls with clients around this time. I try to catch up on emails, social media, blog post writing, photo editing, etc. A lot depends on what kind of mood Little Miss was in. For the first few months after she was born I didn’t get a whole lot done because she never stopped screaming. Now she typically wants to eat and then is pretty well behaved while I try to get things done.
Some days I have deadlines and I just have to let her cry while I take photos or finish up computer work. Now that she’s a little bigger, I try to work in some play time with just her. We practice sitting up, tummy time, read a few books, stack blocks etc. The 2 – 2.5 hours fly by.
Squish typically wakes up around 3. We have about an hour to get him up, have a snack, do a little more playing and then I pack everyone up and we head to the gym again. On a good day, the baby will sit semi-quietly in her carseat, Squish runs around for a while and then watches his tablet and I get a workout in. Every so often there are days when my workout gets modified to involve holding a fussy baby. Occasionally she falls asleep, most days she doesn’t.
The kids and I head home from the gym around 6pm. Hubby comes home between 6:30 and 7:30 depending on his coaching schedule. When we get home we usually have to spend at least 30 minutes outside before I can convince Squish to come in the house. We make and eat dinner and then have more play and tv time. Squish goes to bed around 8 and 8:30pm.
Once he’s in bed, I grab my computer and nurse the baby to sleep while I work. She typically falls asleep by 9:30 and I take her upstairs to bed and come back down and work until 10-11pm. Most nights I’m in bed by 11.
So there you have it. It was interesting to go back and read Squish’s 6 month update. He definitely had a more defined schedule since he was bottle feeding and Little Miss sleeps a lot less but also gets dragged around to a lot more activities. We didn’t have the gym when Squish was 6 months old and obviously he was an only child at that point.
We’re excited that warm weather is here and I’m hoping to cram a lot of local adventures into the summer months!