I’ve done a few “A Day in the Life” rounds on Instagram over the years but it always felt a bit self-indulgent to record an entire day and then blog it. The more I thought about it, though, I realized that this is the perfect place to record a day in my life as one day I’ll be able to look back and see how our days were (as will my girls). Below is a snapshot of a Day in the Life as a Stay at Home Mom. I plan to do another post with A Day in the Life as a Working Mom since in a week or two I’ll be back in the swing of things…at least part time.
These days I feel like we’re a bit in limbo. Over the summer Elle was home with me 2-3 days a week and the other 2-3 days I dropped both girls off at school and worked for a few hours before picking up Evie for the afternoon at home. You know that I’m a big fan of routine, and below is fairly typical of our days at home. This was last Monday and on Wednesday we went to the mall to play instead of running errands and on Friday we went to my mom’s to swim during lunch. But otherwise the majority of the day is pretty similar. Except the 2 am wakeups that bookended this day…
2:15 – Evie is fussing so I go rock her for a few minutes. She’s really congested and can’t suck her thumb, but she goes back to sleep. I don’t fall back asleep quite as quickly.
7:30 – Elle comes down and crawls into bed with me. Thankfully she slept in a little later than normal as my sleep was broken up. We cuddle for a few minutes and then I give her my phone so she can listen to Let It Go (I’m not even kidding) on YouTube while I take a shower. Afterwards I turn on a show for her while I head upstairs to wake up Evie.
8:15 – I get Evie up and nurse her. This is a few minutes later than I would like, but I knew if I didn’t shower before she woke up then it might not happen at all.
8:30 - After nursing Evie I start singing and Elle can hear me on the baby monitor in the master bedroom. She comes upstairs and climbs into Evie’s crib. I resort to mild bribery (going on a walk later) to get her to go to the bathroom so we can head downstairs for breakfast.
8:54 – Finally sit down to breakfast (cereal). Had to change Evie’s diaper again. Elle wants my cereal (Vanilla Special K with Almonds) except she doesn’t really. Evie likes cheerios soaked in a bit of milk. I start My Fitness Pal today. Groan.
9:17 – While the girls finish eating, I got the double stroller out of the garage. This was a workout itself. We go for a walk through the neighborhood. It’s 78 degrees. Humid. Gross. Picture of me below courtesy of Elle. This was the only one of a dozen she took where I’m actually in the shot.
9:45 – I let Elle navigate our walk and she holds my phone as we listen to Toddler Radio on Pandora. Then it’s Home!
10:05 – Put Evie down. I’m trying not to nurse her before naps anymore since I’m trying to be in the process of weaning, but I figure it’ll just be quicker this way. Elle is downstairs watching a Dora movie. Evie is awake when I put her down but she rolls onto her tummy and knees and acts like she’ll sleep. Go downstairs and make my bed, tidy up the kitchen.
10:25 – Elle throws a fit because she wants my yogurt instead of her own. On the ground crying over it. Evie is still up.
10:30 - I remember I haven’t brushed my teeth yet and by the time I’m done brushing I can tell Evie is fast asleep. I tidy the kitchen, start the dishwasher, and pour myself my first cup of coffee. Elle and I work on puzzles. She loves jigsaw puzzles and I enjoy working on them with her.
11:15 – Evie up. 45 minutes is short for her naps lately. I’m afraid that she’s growing out of two naps a day (but she still needs a morning refresher), but on the bright side an early wake-up means they are more likely to nap at the same time in the afternoon. Which I neeeeeeed. Elle wants to help get Evie dressed. Evie is mostly very patient with Elle’s attempts.
11:40 - Errand time! Bed Bath and Beyond first. By 12 we are at Sam’s Club to pick up berries for Scott’s jam. We don’t buy very much, for the first time in forever, but we we roam the aisles for almost an hour. And of course since it’s lunch-time we are sample-bugs.
1:10 – Home. I nurse Evie really quickly, put away the groceries, and then feed the girls–Elle gets a peanut butter and jelly sandwich and Evie gets turkey and cheese. Actually I can’t remember what they had that day. Probably also some fruit. Evie loves her fruit more than Elle does.
1:35 – finally sit down to eat my lunch–I had leftover lamb chops from dinner out the night before.
1:45 – finish lunch and make sure Elle is finishing hers. She’s not. I rally and cheerlead Elle to eat and clean Evie up and let her loose. Evie and I head to the playroom while I pay some bills on the computer. Elle joins us after she’s done with her lunch. Notice how in most of these pictures Evie is a blur? Girl doesn’t stay still!
2:25 – naptime! I always put Elle down first so that I can nurse Evie without interruption. Evie won’t nurse if Elle is around (which is why I put on the movie for Elle earlier in the day).
2:45 – Walk out of Evie’s room. She’s not asleep. Check monitor and Elle is playing in her room. Sigh. Make coffee and fire up the laptop.
2:50 – Evie curled up, Elle still playing around.
2:53 – Evie starts fussing.
2:55 – Evie is lying down but awake; Elle is rolling around in her bed.
3:00 – Evie is asleep. Elle isn’t in bed. I decide I don’t care and pour a cup of coffee. I know I must prioritize naptime so I decide to spend 30 minutes reading blogs, then draft up my post for the next day, then read.
3:15 - Pretty sure Elle fell asleep under her pillow in the middle of her bed (see two pictures up).
3:25 – My mom calls to talk about dropping her dog off for me to watch the next day. We chitchat for a few minutes. I made it to about 12 blogs? Maybe less. Sigh.
3:30 – Start working on my post for the next day. I’d say it usually takes me at least an hour to write a post these days. More if it’s picture heavy like this one.
3:50 – Evie up and crying. 50 minutes after a 45 minute nap this morning is incredibly short (I learned a few days after that she is getting two teeth up top).
3:54 – Swig the remains of my coffee and head upstairs. It’s always a bit frustrating when Evie wakes up before Elle because I can’t control the volume level in the house. Elle can play quietly (mostly) but Evie not so much. We hang out in her bedroom a bit and then I remember the laundry in the dryer (from the day before).
4:30 – Fold laundry.
5:05 – Elle up. I didn’t want her sleeping too late so Evie and I went and encouraged her to wake up.
5:11 – I get the most dreaded “I’ll be home late” text from Scott. The hours between 4 and 6 are the longest part of the day for me. Everyone is restless and I’m eager to get dinner started. It’s hard to get dinner going with the two littles in the kitchen, especially the dish I have planned for today.
5:20 – Make cookies! While Evie destroys the pantry. She destroys the pantry at least once a day. It keeps her happy so I mostly don’t care. I rather this than her taking cups out of the cabinet that I’ll later have to wash.
5:50 – Scott’s home! He takes girls upstairs to play while I make dinner.
6:25 – Dinner is ready–Spinach Artichoke Tortellini from Rachael Ray. Elle isn’t a fan of dinner (the sausage in the tortellini has a bit of a bite) so I make her something else. I don’t usually do this but I took a gamble with dinner and didn’t feel like fighting with her. While everyone is finishing up I do some tidying in the kitchen. I don’t like getting up before everyone is done with dinner but I also hate having to come downstairs to a dirty kitchen after we’ve put the girls to bed. I keep hoping that one day we’ll get this part figured out.
7:00 – The girls are still finishing up dinner so I run upstairs and steal some quilting time. For all of you who ask how I find the time…usually 10 minutes of it here and there. Today I’m trying to figure out the pesky scant 1/4″ seam on my machine and then I piece together a little square for the quilt I’m starting.
7:30 - Scott starts the bath for the girls and I come in and finish up. Below, Evie loves climbing onto this horse in Elle’s room. As you can tell by her blurred face, she’s not having any fun at all.
8:00 – After getting both girls ready, Scott reads Elle a story in bed while I nurse Evie.
8:15 - I go into Elle’s room and she throws an EPIC FIT because she wants to watch Olaf on YouTube. Usually she wants to listen to Let it Go (yes, freaking again), and I’m not even sure what she means by Olaf but I can’t find the song he sings on YouTube and my patience is running thin. Obviously the picture below was taken before the fit. Scott saves me so I can bake the cookies from earlier.
8:30 – First batch of cookies is in the oven.
9:00 – The cookies are baked; Elle is still awake and Scott is still with her working through the fit. Sadly it isn’t uncommon for her to be up so late these days. She’s become very difficult to put down to bed. Some days are better than others, but this is a particularly hard one. I go up a few times to help but mostly stay downstairs and tidy up the kitchen and get ready for tomorrow (prep Elle’s lunch and get the naptime gear ready for both girls).
9:30 – I finally sit down with wine to finish my post for tomorrow.
9:50 – Email myself my notes on today so I can paste it into a draft post. I won’t publish this post until next week but I want to make sure I can remember the details! Edit half the post before signing off.
10:10 – Take off my nail polish and collapse into bed with The Time Machine.
10:25 – After wasting too much time on social media, I give up on reading and turn off the light. Chit chat with Scott for a few minutes.
2:55 – Elle up. Seriously?
Minus the really really terrible nighttime tantrum, it was a pretty good day. Of course it’s always nice when the girls nap for the same amount of time in the afternoon, but it’s a crapshoot. I’ve learned that naptime is for mommy to recharge, too. But even with the hard times, we still had lots of laughs throughout the day. And funnily enough, the rest of the week was a really great week–Elle went to bed easily on Tuesday and Wednesday nights and Evie napped longer once I knew to give her a bit of orajel on her gums.
But so it goes.