I love this day so much. Well, I’m assuming I will as I loved it last year so much. Over the past couple of years, I’ve shared a few days of mine at random and commenters always say they’d like to record a day. Thus the Day in the Life blogger event was born. I meant to do a fall session last year, but time got away from me, so here we are a year later.
Thank you thank you thank you to everyone who tweeted or facebooked or blogged about this little event. I’m overwhelmed by the interest and hope that this year’s turn-out will be just as great as last year’s. And if you haven’t recorded a day yet but still want to participate, do it! Record today or tomorrow or the next day and link it up.
As I heard it last year, people keep mentioning how boring their days are. Maybe routine is a better word? But even if your day is boring to you, it’ll be different to the others. I love how this event recognizes our differences but also some of our similarities. I’m sure you can all relate to my trying desperately to squeeze in a few pages of reading here and there!
And because I said it best last year I’m cheating and copying what I said: Here’s to celebrating our differences and finding our similarities. Here’s to sharing a little piece of our own “behind the scenes” and connecting with someone else on a deeper level. Here’s to coming together as a community. Here’s to cheesy music in my head and group hugs.
What Does a Day in Your Life Look Like?
To submit your Day in the Life, enter the URL of your post, the name you want to appear on the link-up, and your email address. Have fun checking out other participants’ days!
Thank you so much for sharing your day with us! I hope you’ll take the time to pop around some of the other participants’ links. And if you don’t have a blog but want to participate, tell us what a typical day for you looks like down in the comments below.
First things first…tomorrow (Wednesday March 23rd) is the Day in the Life Blogger Event. I’ll have a link-up ready first thing in the morning for you to add your posts. Haven’t recorded a day yet but want to participate–record today!! Or record Wednesday and add your link Thursday, etc etc. I hope you’ll join in the fun. Ping me on twitter if you have any questions.
Friday March 11th 2016 Day in the Life
The girls are home from school today and Scott is at work. I didn’t hear him leave in the morning and he gave the girls an ipad to play with so that I could sleep in. Yes this makes me feel a little guilty…but sleep. So. Thankfully Cara has also slept in and the first time I look at my watch after waking it’s after 8. Glorious. Let’s back up a bit…
2:13 – Cara wakes and I nurse her.
5:19 – Second wakeup from Cara. A few weeks ago she was only waking once a night but we’re back to twice. Thankfully it’s usually a 15 minute turnaround time before I’m back in bed.
8:00ish – I wake up and debate whether or not to look at the clock. I lie in bed for a few minutes before I hear Cara stirring. I look at the clock and silently rejoice that it’s after 8.
8:15 – I can hear the girls upstairs so I get some milk for them and take it to them. They’re cuddling together in bed, so I head back downstairs to nurse Cara.
8:28 – Nurse Cara. And hear Elle screaming upstairs. I head up there and Evie has bitten her twice. The reason isn’t clear and I’m not sure if Elle has provoked her. I get Evie changed and urge the girls downstairs for breakfast.
9:00 – Elle requests French Toast for breakfast. She helps me cook while Evie is being incredibly clingy. Cara just hangs out in her swing or bouncer chair. I sit the girls down to eat and pour my coffee.
9:30 – Cara starts to fuss so I take her to bedroom and she dozes. I put her down and she wakes up–this doesn’t surprise me as it’s early for her to go down for a nap but it’s a continual guessing game. We go play in playroom with the girls. Elle decides that she’d like to do a Kiwi Crate today so we take it to the kitchen to get it all ready.
10:15 – Cara starts fussing again so I try to put her down again. Elle starts screaming at Evie and wakes Cara. I come out and holler that I can’t help them with the Kiwi Crate if she’s yelling and screaming because her sister won’t sleep. Take some deep breaths.
10:25 – Cara is down again. Trying out the bassinet attachment in the pack n play rather than the rock n play where she normally sleeps. The girls and I put together the Kiwi Crate–a fun little claw mechanism that grabs things. It’s complicated but the girls are having fun with it. Meanwhile I finish my cold coffee. :)
11:04 – Cara wakes up from her nap. I bring her to the kitchen while we finish up the last of the Kiwi Crate claw.
11:25 – nurse Cara. Girls are upstairs doing who knows what!!?? Evie is really into clothes today so she’s probably putting on her second or third or fourth outfit of the day. I wouldn’t mind except all the clothes get tossed on the floor and I can’t tell what’s dirty and clean by the end of the day.
11:45 – Elle and Evie come downstairs and play. They’re fighting over the baby carriage and I make a mental note that maybe we need another one. I try to convince Evie that the shopping cart can be used as the baby carriage, but she’s not impressed with my suggestion. Cara is gassy and fussy so I try to work out some of her gassiness. I knew that latte from Starbucks was a bad idea! (I’m trying to be dairy free to help with some of her gas/fussiness). Evie comes to show me that she found a pen. It’s all over her face. Guess better there than the couch?
12:15 – I prep lunch and we eat upstairs in the playroom. I did this with Elle a few times when Evie was a baby and she’s been wanting to do it ever since. They make a mess, but the room needs to be vacuumed anyway. There’s nothing in the house for me to make a respectable lunch (we used the last of the bread for French toast), so I munch on some crackers. Yes the girls are eating lunchables. Stop judging me. Don’t you see that container of carrots by Evie’s knee??
12:40 – Try to nurse Cara again. It hasn’t been too long since her last session but I’m hoping to “top her off” in hopes that she’ll take a long nap. Bahahahaha. I put her down at 12:50.
1:11 – Evie is down. I’m surprised at how easily she goes down. On the weekends she normally fights and fights nap, especially since we moved her into Elle’s room. She wants Elle to take a nap with her, but Elle doesn’t nap and I don’t want them playing. She must be tired because she gives me hugs and lies right down. Elle is taking quiet time in her hideout underneath the stairs. She can play or watch SuperWhy or read–just as long as everyone gets a little downtime (yes, I *need* it as much as they do).
1:25 – I make some tea, check monitor, and Cara is awake. Because of course. But she’s quiet so crossing fingers. I lie down on the couch with Mort. 1:47 – Nope. Crying Cara. I head to the bedroom to get her. She immediately falls asleep in my arms. 2:15 – Think about tea in other room. Holding sleeping Cara in bed. Don’t think she’ll let me put her down. 2:30 – I remember that my friend texted me the other day to tell me she had luck getting her non-napping baby to sleep on his tummy. I pull back the covers and gently roll her onto her tummy. She stirs but I pat her bottom and she falls back asleep. 3:00 I settle on couch and text with Scott. Cara stirs so I pop the paci in her mouth. I know this is a quick fix but I’m desperate.
3:30 – By now Elle and Cara are up. I cut up some apples to eat with peanut butter (my lunch) and Elle pulls out the Color Wonder books and markers. We color princesses while Cara hangs out in the bouncer on the kitchen table.
4:15 – Evie is starting to stir so I send Elle up there to gently wake her up. Ha! Is there such a thing? We turn on Snow White in the playroom and work on puzzles. Cara just hangs out.
5:00 – Cara is fussy and the girls are literally bouncing off walls. I had casually hinted to Scott earlier in the week that it would be awesome if he came home a bit early today. I check my stalker app and see that he’s still at the office. And when I say that the girls are bouncing off the walls…they really are. It’s been a good day but I’m starving and haven’t showered yet. It’s too gross outside to let the girls run loose in the backyard or take a walk.
5:30 – Scott home. There is much rejoicing.
5:45 – SHOWER! ALONE!! I admit that I take my time, even though I know that I need to get dinner started. It’s amazing how restorative a shower can be. Especially a shower alone (during the week Cara hangs out in the bathroom while I shower and on the weekends it’s not uncommon for a child to share the shower with me…usually Evie).
6:15 – I start dinner. A lot of times on Friday we’ll get take-out but we ate at my mom’s twice this week and Scott doesn’t feel like going out again (I totally want to get out of the house), so we have tacos. The amazingly quick and crowd-pleasing dinner.
6:30 – Scott comes down to take over dinner prep and I nurse Cara. He gets the girls going on their food. 6:50 I sit down and eat as well–after fetching drinks and napkins and and and. Why does everyone wait until mommy sits down to make a request?
7:50 – get upstairs!!!! How did it get so late?? On Friday nights we let the girls watch TV while eating dinner. Blah blah blah bad habit, I don’t care. We eat at the dinner table with the TV off every other night, so whatever. While they do this, Scott browses on his computer and I either play on the computer or read magazines or mess with my bullet journal. Cara’s just hanging out in her swing–dozing here and there as she often does in the early evening.
8:05 – Everyone is cleaned up and in jammies so we crawl into bed to read a book. I’m currently reading the girls Where the Sidewalk Ends. Evie definitely doesn’t get it but Elle thinks the pictures are funny and will sometimes get the poems. I’m really enjoying it and they love picking up where we left off the night before. It’s one of the few times where I’m the one saying “just one more poem…just one more poem.” Evie picks out her letter (E) on every page and Elle is looking for her sightword of the week (you).
8:24 – Cara is screaming her head off downstairs so I hurry and give kisses and skip the song tonight. Normally they want Hallelujah, a song I made up about Mickey Mouse, and Let it Go–I’ve made kind of a medaly of the three so that I’m not singing for hours. Then they want kisses–the same routine my mom did for me when I was little where I kiss each part of their face saying “I love your forehead, I love this eye and this eye, etc). It’s really frustrating to me to want to give all of the girls the attention at bedtime when the babe is screaming. To me this is the hardest part of having more than one child–making sure that each child feels loved. And I know in my heart that they do feel that but it’s still a struggle for me.
8:29 I nurse Cara. The girls are not in bed. We just moved them into the same room about three weeks ago and it’s usually Evie that is the one up and talking while Elle is telling her to be quiet. Evie has always been the nightowl! Scott goes upstairs to tell them to go to bed.
8:40 – I put Cara down knowing that she won’t stay down.
8:42 – I go up and yell at the girls. By bedtime I’m done. I don’t want to parent anymore for the day. I just want to adult. I’m really regretting not picking up a bottle of wine at the store the other day. Go to sleep!!!!!
8:48 – Cara is crying. I get her and nurse her again. This is typical every night. Usually Scott ends up taking her and holding her until she’s asleep. I may have just held her tonight or maybe we passed her back and forth. I don’t remember. Often on Friday nights we watch a movie but we’re having trouble loading a movie on itunes so we don’t. Plus it’s late. And I’m tired.
9:48 – Cara is down for the count.
10:05 – I’m in bed. I read a few clicks of Just One Day and pass out.
2:11 – Cara up.
And we start all over again! While it’s not usual for me to be home alone with all three girls for an entire day, the day went fairly well. Very little frustrations–other than the biting and while Cara didn’t take one big nap, she napped better than she has been lately (her average is about 30 minutes a nap and it’s driving me insane as this is just enough time for me to grab something to eat and settle down to do something and then…!). Today is more typical of a weekend day–except we usually run errands in the morning and I’m not yet brave enough to venture out with all three girls. I’ll take Elle and Cara out together but Evie is the wildcard these days.
I named my blog before I had kids, but every day that insanity part feels a little more real! Here’s to hoping that we all survive and I look back at this post in several years and just laugh.
I hope you’ll share what a day looks like for you! Be sure to come back tomorrow for the link-up.
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.
Hi everyone! Can you believe that a year has already passed since the first A Day in the Life Blogger Event? I had so much fun last year and was overwhelmed by the participation. I meant to do another round in the fall, but time got away from me. Several people have already expressed interest in a second Day in the Life link-up, so I hope that you’ll all join again (or for the first time).
A Day in the Life Blogger Event – March 23, 2016
What is A Day in the Life?
I’ve shared a few of my days with you–logging every activity as a stay at home mom and as a working mom. Click around on the links submitted by the other participants to get a feel. Some log every activity, some log the big activities, some chose to get creative and share the things they can’t live without in a day. Get creative! Share as many or as few details as you’d like–with pictures or without.
Tips for Recording the Day?
When recording my day, I use the notes feature on my smartphone. I tend to use the microphone to say a quick sentence and then write up the record later that night. I also use my phone to snap picture throughout the day. If pen and paper works for you, that’s great, too. When I record my days, I record the events of that specific day (which means that all of my days look different). If you’d rather do what a typical day looks like for you, that works as well.
Why Record a Day?
My life changes so rapidly with little kids. Both of my previous days will look completely different from the day that I record this time and I love having that record to look back at in the future. My blog serves as a kind of journal and I’m constantly looking back at old posts and remembering the days since gone.
Why Share Your Day?
The biggest comment I heard last year was that people didn’t want to share their day because they were afraid it was boring. While your life might be routine to you, it is certainly very different from everyone else’s day. I love this event because it shows us that we’re all human and doing our best to get through the day. We’re able to see how we’re similar and how we’re different and mostly how we’re all individuals. Do not miss out on the event simply because you’re afraid you have nothing to share. I assure you–you do!
Please help me spread the word! I hope that this year’s event will be just as fun as it was last year. I loved loved loved it. Come back on Wednesday March 23rd to share your day via link-up. If you already have posting plans that day, feel free to post any time and link up that day. And feel free to record any day between now and the 23rd. Hopefully this gives you plenty of time…and don’t worry, I’ll be sure to send out lots of reminders!
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