I love these type of posts that give a peek into what people’s typical days looks like. I thought it’d be fun to write up how a typical week day goes for us since our days are totally about to change with the addition of a new family member. If anything, it’ll be fun to look back on how things went at this time in our lives.
A “Typical Day” In Our Family – Alice 14 months, Melissa 9 months pregnant:
650 am – My alarm goes off, but usually I’m already awake. Alice has been waking up between 630 and 7 am these days, but we try to keep her in bed as close to 7am as possible. If she’s okay in her crib, or even better still asleep, I check the weather on my phone and usually quickly scroll through Instagram. I get out of bed and head to bathroom to brush my teeth, wash my face, and brush my hair. If Alice isn’t needing me right at that moment I’ll put on makeup. (I shower at night to buy myself extra time in the mornings.)
7/705 am – I head into Alice’s room. She’s usually standing in her crib and reaching for me while simultaneously signing for milk. I scoop her up and give her all the hugs and kisses. We open the curtains in her room, turn off her sound machine, and then I tell her it’s time to change her diaper. She usually protests. Afterwards we head to the kitchen where I fix her a sippy cup of warm milk. She’s been drinking whole milk since she turned one. She drinks her milk while sitting in her PBK chair (awesome birthday gift from her grandparents) in the living room and has a snack cup of Kashi “cheerios”.
710-730 am – I make myself breakfast (usually scrambled eggs, toast, and coffee) and eat it standing in the kitchen while Alice drinks her milk and eats her cereal.
730 am – Matt gets up and gets in the shower. Alice hangs out with me in our room while I finish getting dressed for work.
745 am – Matt gets out of the shower and I fill my travel mug with coffee, pack last minute things for work and kiss both of them goodbye before heading out the door.
750 am – Drive to work and arrive by 8am. I love living super close to work!
745-815 – Matt gets himself and Alice dressed for their days. He takes her to daycare before heading to work himself. Alice has breakfast once she gets there and goes down for a morning nap around 930 am. She wakes up and has lunch, snacks, playtime, and another nap (which is hit or miss for her these days) in the afternoon. After her afternoon nap it’s another snack and more playtime until it’s time to pick her up.
She’s in a very small daycare that has 5 or less babies at any given time. The daycare provider only cares for babies up until the age of 1, Alice has been able to stay several months after her first birthday until a spot becomes available at her new daycare. She loves her daycare provider and I so wish she could stay there…but such is life. She starts her new daycare at the beginning of August and it’s a wonderful facility, but change and the unknown is always a bit stressful, no? Lots of changes for our little family coming up.
8am-12 pm – Work. Summer is slower and my work day is pretty low key compared to the rest of the year – something I’m super grateful for while pregnant. During the rest of the year my schedule varies week to week since we are open till 6pm, but since it’s the summer I work 8-5 every day. Lunch is at noon or 1pm. For simplicity sake I’ll say it’s at noon.
12-1pm – Lunch time. I usually drive home for lunch. Occasionally I’ll run an errand or Matt will pick me for a lunch date. Most of our dates these days are “lunch dates.” :)
1-5pm – Work!
5pm – Leave work and pick up my girl. Her daycare is less than 5 minutes away from my work. She’s always happy to see me which I of course, love. Our daycare provider is CHATTY. I usually try to keep it short because honestly at the end of the day I just want to get home.
5ish – 515 – I talk to Alice on our drive home. I sing songs and she attempts to sing along. The afternoon car ride is not her favorite.
515 pm – We get home. Usually Matt is already there or arrives shortly afterwards. When he’s home he helps unload the car and carries Alice inside. Alice has a snack (goldfish or Kashi “cheerios”) and we discuss what’s for dinner.
530 pm – One of us starts dinner. Okay. 99.9% of the time Matt makes dinner. Alice and I play, read books, and talk to Matt while he cooks. I’m in the third trimester of my pregnancy and I’m pretty worn out by this time of the day. Thankful for that husband of mine.
6 pm – We eat dinner together as a family.
620-7pm – Family time and kitchen clean up. We play with Alice, read her books, and sometimes sit on the front porch.
710-720 pm – Bath time. Usually I give Alice a bath but sometimes Matt does depending on what’s going on (depending on how tired I am, or if my back is hurting, or just because).
720-730 pm – Dress Alice in her pj’s and nighttime diaper. We shut her curtains, turn off the lights, and turn on her sound machine. We’ve been doing this bedtime routine for a long time now and I think it helps her wind down. We sit with her while she drinks her sippy cup of milk. In her nursery we sat together in the rocker, but now that’s she’s in her new toddler room we (whoever is putting her down) lays down with her on the daybed that’s in her new room. I sing “Twinkle Twinkle Little Star” and say a short bedtime prayer with her. Hugs and kisses and she’s down in her crib for the night. Most of the time she goes down easily and we don’t hear from her again until morning. Occasionally she’ll fuss and need us to come in and give her another hug and kiss.
730-930pm – Matt and I try to wind down for the night. We hang out in the living room and catch up on our days. During this time I’ll turn on my computer to blog or sort through photos. Matt plays solitaire on his iPad and watches TV. I’m not a big TV watcher so usually I’m reading or on the computer. Occasionally we’ll watch a show together that we both like – there are a handful of those. I try to get in the shower before 930pm.
930 pm – I give Matt a hug and kiss goodnight and head to bed. Usually I’ll take 30 minutes to read and/or scroll through social media. I try to have everything turned off by 10 o’clock, that doesn’t always happen. Matt’s a bit of a night owl, he usually comes to bed before midnight.
Obviously each day will vary slightly depending on different circumstances, but I think the above is a pretty good basis for how most of our week days go. Weekends we get in a lot more family time and some free/fun time as well.
What are your days like? I love these types of posts so if you decide to do one please let me know. I was inspired by this post.