Ignore the title–you all know that I also have an almost 5 year old and 2.5 year old in addition to the 2.5 month old. Just needed a way to distinguish this post from some of my other Days in the Life posts…including one I have planned for next week with all three girlies at home. I recorded below from Thursday March 10th.
I recorded the below in part in preparation for the Day in the Life Blogger Event on March 23rd. You still have plenty of time to record a day of your own to link up! Last year we had almost 75 participants and I’m hoping as many people join this time around!!
March 10th Day in the Life
3:26 – Cara wakes. This is two hours earlier than the day before but later than most of the days last week, so I’ll take it. Except she only wants one side which means I probably haven’t seen the last of her this morning.
3:35 – Cara is back in her rock n play and I crawl back into bed. I think I fall asleep quickly?
5:16 – Cara wakes again. Grrrrr. I nurse her on the other side for about 7 minutes. She has no interest in more so I put her back to sleep.
5:25 – I get back in bed and remember that I want to record today’s events. So I mentally record what’s happened so far. Including mentally recording the recording of my mentally thinking about it. Sometimes I have to work really hard to shut my brain back down to get back to sleep.
5:35 – I’m hungry and clearly not going to fall asleep until I grab a snack. Eventually I drift to sleep.
7:20 – Scott wakes me, Cara wakes at almost the same time. I quickly nurse her (again she only takes one side and I’m a bit annoyed) and put her back down. I grab some milk for Elle and Evie and get them dressed. Elle has been really into matching outfits with Evie lately. <3
7:59 – Scott and the girls are out the door for the day. I unload the top rack of the dishwasher, pour a cup of coffee, and sit down with my bullet journal and to record the day so far in Evernote. Cara is still asleep but I hear her stirring so wouldn’t be surprised if she wakes soon.
8:31 – Cara wakes so I bring her into the kitchen. I finish unloading the dishwasher, eat breakfast (peanut butter toast with sliced banana), waste time on social media, and read a couple Surplus Lines (insurance) articles for a research project Scott has me doing.
9:00-9:45 I take a quick shower, dress Cara, make the bed, nurse Cara. We’re out the door to run errands. This is earlier than I’d normally get out of the house but it’s been raining all week and I’m going stir-crazy. She immediately falls asleep in the car so I put on an audiobook (Balm by Dolen Perkins-Valdez).
10:00-11:25 – I head to the UPS store first and then Starbucks drive-thru, even though I’m supposed to be dairy-free. Cara is out and I momentarily wonder if I’m sacrificing afternoon nap. My mom calls so I chat with her while I drive to Babies R Us for letters for Cara’s room. Cara wakes and dozes here and there and we head to Hobby Lobby for a few things for her bedroom (previously Evie’s so I’m trying to make it her own). Cara starts crying as soon as I get her in the car from Hobby Lobby so we head home and she *screams* the entire way. No audiobook and there’s not much I can do to comfort her.
11:30 – Nurse Cara and by 11:42 she’s fallen asleep in my arms. I have no idea what to do. Put her down? Try to get her to take other side? Just hold her and play two dots? I put her down at 11:49 in her bouncer on the kitchen table and she wakes. I make lunch (leftover chicken, veggies, and rice) and eat while reading a magazine.
12:26 – Cara starts to fall asleep in her bouncer so I put her down. With paci. I finish lunch and eat so quickly I get the hiccups. 12:32 Cara’s fussing. 12:33 not fussing. Maybe she’ll take a good nap? 12:43 I settle down with Mort by Terry Pratchett. Kim, my little sister, texts to tell me she’s on her way to my house.
12:59 – she’s stirring. I don’t dare go look at the monitor after she quiets back down. (At 1:10 she’s awake but falling back asleep. Whew!). 1:15 – Or maybe she’s sleeping with her eyes open. I should ditch the monitor. 1:24 crying. 1:31 put her back down. With paci. Holding my breath. No really. Yup. That didn’t work. Little pill! She falls asleep in my arms. 1:36 nurse and she falls asleep again. Put her down. Seems fine. Get to kitchen and she’s stirring. About to give up and relegate her to the swing. Have to pee so badly but afraid the sound will wake her. 1:54 she’s crying but when I go check she’s sleeping.
1:55 – Kim is here. She’s in town visiting and has come to spend the afternoon with me. 1:59 Cara cries. I give her the paci and she falls asleep. Annnnd Cara goes to the swing at 2:01. Kim and I visit while she eats some lunch and then we paint the letters for Cara’s nursery wall. Chat and such. For the rest of the afternoon Kim and I hang out. Cara sleeps some of the time, but mostly just hangs out.
5:15 – Cara and I go to pick up the girls from school. Scott takes them to school everyday and I pick them up. Cara usually cries the entire way to the school but then falls asleep once we get there.
5:39 – We’re eating dinner at my mom’s tonight since Kim and her husband Ryan are in town. We’re having Pei Wei and I run home to get the girls’ chopsticks. Hey–whatever will get them to eat their dinner! Plus my mom only lives a mile from me, so it’s not out of the way to quickly stop rather than going straight to her house.
6:00 – I nurse Cara quickly and then we all sit down to eat dinner. At 6:30, she starts fussing so I nurse her again (this is what I hate about the fact that she’ll only take one side each session). Thankfully she’s quick about it. The rest of the night we hang out, eat cake, and the girls run amok. Kim and Ryan are younger and fun Aunt and Uncle–the girls love them. We head home at 8:00, which is past bedtime.
8:15 – I nurse Cara while Scott gets the girls ready for bed. Normally this is a joint effort (getting the girls ready, not the nursing), but we’re running really late tonight. Usually there is a book and songs, but we skip the routine tonight. Thankfully the girls don’t fight as they got to play and eat cake tonight. I put the babe into her jammies and try to put her down.
8:40-51 Evie is crying because she can’t find her blankie, so I head upstairs to find the blankie (which she’s lying on) and give the girls kisses. I holler at them to go to bed since it’s so late and get an “otayyyyyyy” from both of them. I head back downstairs and plop down on the couch (Scott has Cara).
9:21 – Cara is still up-ish. I’m playing two dots while Scott watches truck show. I try to read for a bit but it’s too distracting with the TV. At 9:35 I successfully put Cara down.
9:57 – in bed! I read a few pages of Just One Day before falling asleep while reading.
2:13 – Cara wakes.
I’ll be the first to admit that life with three kids is chaotic and exhausting!! It’s a good thing that they have their sweet moments. Ha! People ask whether it’s much more difficult than two kids and my answer is usually an automatic No. It’s busier with three but Evie and Elle also keep each other entertained when I’m tending to the baby. It’s a joy to watch (or at least hear) them playing with one another, though I do have to do my share of hollering for fighting. Sisters. I had plenty of them growing up–I know the joys and the pains. :)
I also recorded the day following this day–a day in which I was home with all three girls. The days were too long to share in one post, so look for that next week. And I do hope that you’ll record a day and share it with us! The number one comment is that people feel their days are too boring–I assure you your day is NOT boring to others! What I love most about this event is how we can see just how unique everyone is.
XOXO or Zzzzzz. I can’t decide…