I think I have officially decided that “day in the life” posts are the hardest posts for me to do! I swear I plan it out a million times in advance and then always forget. Example A: this post was originally scheduled for *drum roll please* May of 2015. I thought that it would be good to get one last “day in the life” post in before Mabel arrived so I could always remember what things were like with just me and Abigail. And then Mabel showed up two weeks early and this is the first time I’ve done a day in the life post since.
Better late than never, I say.
Okay, I don’t really say that, because I’m actually more of an “early is on time” sort of person, but the platitude works here.
Day: January 25th, 2016
Abigail is 5 years old, Mabel is 8 months, Courtney is 27, Jim is 30.
My day actually started around 11:30 the night before for Miss Mabel’s first middle of the night feeding. Then I was up again around 3:00 to feed her again….and then we finally started our day around 7. Jim brought Mabel to me in bed and I nursed her, changed her diaper, and we snuggled and played for a little bit. Abigail’s clock is set to turn green at 7:30, so once she bursts onto the scene we’d better be ready to hit the ground running.
I go ahead and start getting ready for the day with children under foot and once Abigail comes out of her room I have her go to the bathroom and brush her teeth before we head downstairs for breakfast.
I make my daily vanilla latte with my littlest assistant barista while Abigail eats a bowl of raisin bran in the dining room next to us.
By the time all of this is said and done, Miss Mabel is ready for her first nap of the day. Around 9 or so.
I lay her down and then Abigail and I get started on Spena School!
I told her to pretend to write something, so she very convincingly left the cap on. She also wore her coat inside the house all morning.
Mabel was still asleep after we finished school so we headed outside to enjoy an unusually warm January day!
Mabel finally woke up around 10:30, so we went and got her, I nursed and changed her, and then off we went to run errands.
We did our weekly grocery shopping trip at our now super close Walmart Neighborhood Market and then came right back home. After unloading the groceries and putting everything away, it was time to start lunch!
The girls had Annie’s Mac & Cheese and face timed their Grandma Jenny.
Immediately following lunch we do nap time for Mabel and quiet time for Abigail. She’s only in her room for about an hour, but sometimes she will still fall asleep. Not today though!
Mabel woke up first so Abigail was excited to be reunited once her light turned green 🙂
We heard the mail being delivered so we went downstairs to see what we’d gotten- surprise! A package!
It turned out to be some Christmas presents that were the wrong size originally, so Mom reordered them and they finally arrived today.
This week in school we’re working on the letter C for cow, so we made butter for our afternoon snack! We took turns churning the cream for about 20 minutes until it turned to butter we could put on our bread. So super fun- I can’t believe it actually turned out.
Annnnnd then we entered into that rough twoish hour time vortex that we just try to survive until Daddy gets home. Mabel played with her farm until she just couldn’t hang anymore and ended up taking a short third nap of the day around 4. If we have a busy day she typically only naps twice, but if we’re home most of the day, she usually needs three.
Abigail drew pictures, built with blocks, and then we went back outside for more swinging, hide and go seek, and soccer.
Once Mabel woke up it was time to start on dinner!
With children underfoot again, of course. Salmon, broccoli cheese quinoa, and sliced apples were on the menu tonight!
Finally! Around 5:30 Daddy is home! (Sometimes I consider going back to work just so I can have greetings like this)
Mabel and I both got our greetings as well and then it was time to eat dinner! By the time we were done and had cleared off the table, it was time to get Mabesy ready for bed.
Seriously, girl can’t hang. Even with three naps, by 6:30 she is tapped. So we head upstairs to change her diaper, nurse, sleep sack, sing Jesus Loves Me, and then off to dream land she goes…for a few hours.
While I was putting Mabel to bed, Jim took Abigail out to go run a few errands. So once I left Mabel’s room I got back to priming the guest room that we had started the night before.
I was just finishing when Jim and A got home and it was time to get her ready for bed!
Bathroom, teeth brushing, books, prayers, snuggles, stalling, and then lights out for Abigail!
Once we finally get the girls to bed it’s time for Jim and I to take our victory lap. We have a drink, some popcorn, watch an episode of How I Met Your Mother, and then head to bed. I should be up in a few hours with the Mabes and will be ready to do it all again bright and early!