Mornings

Can we talk about mornings? Getting two toddlers (ages 2.5+ and almost 1.5) all on my own is a feat. Some mornings go smoother than others. Some mornings they both wake up with smiles on their faces and pass out hugs and kisses with ease. Those mornings are the best.

Then there are our other mornings. They often start out with my oldest claiming that she wants to stay in her jammies “all day long” because they’re comfy. (I hear what she’s saying, I really really do.) No she doesn’t want a ponytail. Wait, never mind, yes she does. She doesn’t want to wear pants, she wants to wear a dress. Unfortunately all her dresses are in the laundry hamper waiting to be washed. Finally she’s dressed and we head next door to get her little sister up. Only she doesn’t want me to put her down. She begins screaming and peeling her coat, shoes, and socks off in protest.

While my oldest is undoing all that I’ve painstakingly done to get her ready, I’m doing my best to change my youngest child’s diaper, which I imagine, is similar to changing an angry baby crocodiles diaper. After much squirming and pinning down (and screaming) I get my youngest dressed and ready to go. She’s now all smiles. Until I have to put her down to get my oldest re-dressed.

Once everyone is dressed and ready to go, no one want to walk to the car. They both insist on being carried and we are officially running late, late, late. Knowing that we just need to get out the door and on our way right.this.minute, I hoist one into each arm, for a combined weight of 50 pounds, and struggle out to the car. You best believe that I’m now sweating and we can also both agree that I should be in better shape with this re-occurring morning cardio and weight training session.

Of course before they are buckled in, I have given them some sort of breakfast. Even though they will have a full breakfast in approximately one hour at school they will scream (literally scream) with hunger pains the entire drive to school. I now “get” why all my mom friends have dirty crumb infested vehicles. My oldest is wailing in despair because her PB and jelly toast is not staying perfectly folded as it should. My youngest is happy as a clam since she has something to eat.

As we back out of the garage, I hear the sweetest little voice, “Mom I pooped.”

Eventually we make it daycare. We must drop the baby off first before the oldest or the world will end as we know it. Hugs and kisses all around and I’m speeding off to work, which luckily is less than 5 minutes away. I springt into the office 10 minutes late where I’m met with disapproving silence and judgement from my darling co-worker. I’m focusing on saying only nice things if I can’t say anything at all. I put a lot of pressure on myself.

How are your mornings?

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So Long! Nope, I’m still here.

When I got the email that my blog domain was up for renewal I seriously considered not renewing.  For obvious reasons -hello,  it’s been two months since my last post.  My life is definitely smack dab in the middle of a busy season between work, marriage, and two kids under 2.5.  Then there’s the whole back and forth of what do I write about?

I suppose I have come to that place where openly sharing tons of photos and stories of my kids online doesn’t feel right anymore.  It’s a weird thing to say because it’s really a personal decision that I can’t quite articulate.  I so enjoy other peoples blogs and Instagram feeds that publicly share their kids’ lives so one would think that I would feel comfortable doing the same.  I can’t explain it…but I do know that ever since I decided to make a separate and private Instagram account that only family and a few friends can access photos of my little ladies, that nagging voice in the back of my head has quieted down.  I’m sure I’ll post some photos and stories of them here and there since they’re obviously a huge part of my life, but for now, keeping the amount down to a minimum gives me peace of mind.

Finally, I thought the cost to renew this blog domain was going to be closer to $100 and saying goodbye seemed like a sensible decision.  However, when I logged in and realized it was actually around a fourth of that I decided I’d stick it out at least for another year.  Maybe I’ll become inspired…

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Around Here

Most/all of my free time outside of my family and work is spent on trying to improve my health. Which means I’m either working out, preparing something healthy to eat, reading about fitness and or healthy meals, or trying to plan my next workout or my next meal. I want to point out that as a working mother to two, I don’t have a lot of extra time. I’m not trying to downplay my efforts either because I’ve definitely been trying to eat better and workout consistently.   I just don’t want it come across as though I’m spending hours upon hours every day working out and eating well.  (That’d be awesome – ha!  But I don’t have that luxury 😉  Living a healthier lifestyle is definitely a balance and something that’s currently really important to me.  I’m hoping that I will continue to make my health a priority!  Slowly but surely I can see that my hard work is making a difference. I still have a ways to go to reach my personal goals, but I’m trying to remember to be patient and kind to myself.

We celebrated Elaine’s first birthday with our immediate families a couple weeks ago and it was such a fun day.

I’ve always been a little unsure of how much is too much to share in regards to my kiddos online, in social media, and even here on my blog.  I’m not a huge Facebooker but I do love Instagram (I currently have three accounts!  Ridiculous, I know.)  I love having my main account open and not private, but I don’t like not knowing who’s looking at photos of my kiddos.  I was posting a lot of pictures of my girls on my Instagram account and it was starting to make me feel uneasy.  These feelings have been occurring off and on for quite some time so I decided it was time to make a change.  The solution that I’m loving was to create a private account that only family and few select friends that are interested can access.  This private account is all about Alice and Elaine.  It totally satisfies my Momma desire to share photo after photo of them on Instagram while easing my worries about sharing too much with the general public.  I’ll probably still share some photos of my kiddos on my main account, because they are obviously a HUGE part of my life, but the frequency will be drastically reduced.  The new set up is working out well.

I’m already thinking about my One Little Word for next year which makes me realize that I need to focus more on my current One Little Word for 2015.  We still have a good chunk of time to go.  Plus it’s a good one: gratitude.  I’m thinking about making a weekly list of things I’m grateful for.  Big things, little things – it all matters.  I have a lot to be grateful for and can’t help but think it’d be a good idea to give all those things special acknowledgement.

Around here, I’m also re-thinking the Mama/Daughter photo project I’ve been doing this year: M+AK+E.  I l-o-v-e the concept, but it takes a lot of time and effort for me to complete.  I can’t get it together on this one and I’m always late in completing each months’ spread.  (August’s will be late for sure.)  I do have every intention to finish the year out with this project, but next year I’m going to simplify for sure.

What have you been up to lately?  Fill me in 🙂

 

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Our Typical Weekday

I seem to be on the 4-5 month track for writing these “typical weekday” type posts. Although the basic outline of our weekdays have remained the same, the change in so many of the details amazes me. When I looked back on my last weekday recap, I immediately felt a huge sense of relief. Everyone is definitely getting a lot more rest these days and a full night of sleep makes allllllll the difference in the world!

Here’s what a typical weekday looks like for us right now: Alice age 2, Elaine  9 months, and Matt and Melissa married 4 years and 3 months

610 am: I wake up 10 minutes before my alarm. This is what happens when babies consistently sleep through the night!!! (!!!). I debate snoozing for another 10 or getting up. I decide to get up.

Quiet as a mouse, I head into the bathroom with the monitor after letting Penny Lane outside. Everyone is still asleep. Today is one of Matt’s work from home days so he and Alice will sleep in till 8am before he drops her off at daycare and returns home for a morning at his desk.

620 am: Still trying to be as quiet as possible, I exit the bathroom with makeup and brushed hair. I get dressed in semi darkness so as not to disturb Matt too much. Although Elaine has been sleeping through the night (CAN WE SAY, HOORAY!!!) she wakes very easily in the mornings and I would really like for her to remain asleep till 7am.

630 am- 7am: I head into the kitchen to make myself a cup of coffee. The bean grinder is super noisy, but a necessary evil. Elaine squawks. I check the monitor. She doesn’t appear fully awake and I watch her pop her paci into her mouth and lay her head down while she strokes her lovey. Sweet girl. I hold my breath. She’s quiet, so I continue with my routine and make myself breakfast. These days I’ve been having scrambled eggs and cheese on toast. A breakfast sandwich. Elaine makes more noise but luckily doesn’t become upset. I’m able to finish my breakfast. I make sure my pump bag is properly stocked with enough bottles to pump twice during my work day, I fill up my water bottle and pack it into my enormous work bag.

7am: Elaine is officially up and wants everyone in the house to know it. I head into her room and scoop her up into my arms. I sniff and kiss her sweet little head. She is happy, giggly, and bouncy! I immediately settle into the glider in her room and nurse her. She acts like she hasn’t had any nourishment in days. This is a sweet time, just the two of us. While she nurses, she grabs my hair, my shirt, anything she can get a hold of. I stroke her hair and marvel as I do everyday over her golden highlights and bright blue eyes. She gets both these traits from her grandfathers. Matt, Alice, and I all have brown eyes. Alice’s hair is reddish but Matt and I both have dark hair. (Although Matt had blonde hair when he was boy and so did my dad.) Genes are a funny thing.

710-730 am: Once E is through nursing she has a diaper change and is dressed for the day. She panics, as she does everyday, when I slip her onesie over her head. I assure her that it’s just a shirt and she’ll be okay. She believes me and calms down. Fully dressed I set her on the floor of her bedroom with a few toy options. They entertain her for a few moments before she pokes her little head out of her bedroom door to see what I’m doing in the kitchen. I’m busy making myself one more cup of coffee and blending up a smoothie for my mid-morning snack. I finish packing my work bag, grab E’s bottle bag that I packed the night before as well as my pump bag. I load all three things into the car along with my coffee. I scoop Elaine up, she’s made it to the living room and is being chaperoned by Penny. I buckle her into her car seat and we’re backing out of the garage by 730 am.

730 am: Summer traffic means that 5 minutes is shaved off our commute to daycare. It takes us 10 minutes to get there today instead of the usual 15. I decide to take a break from podcasts (I’ve been listening to lots of Joy the Baker lately) and we listen to music on our drive.

753 am: I pull into the parking lot at work.  I’m early!  I scroll through social media feeds and listen to more music before heading into the office for the day.

8am – 1 pm. Work.

750ish – Matt gets up, dressed, and makes coffee. He gets Alice up and dressed. They’re out the door somewhere between 8-815. Breakfast is served at 830 am at Alice’s school. On days that Matt has to commute into the office, he and Alice get up much earlier. On commuter days, he wakes up sometime between 630-640 am. Then he and Alice are out the door between 7am and 715am. Basically an hour difference.

Alices’ daycare day consists of three hot meals and a snack. Her daycare emails us a menu every week and I’m pleased with the hot and healthy meals they serve.  She has art and music time. Indoor and outdoor playground time. Spiritual time (she’s attends a Christian daycare) that includes either scripture reading or music. Of course there is also nap time. Just recently she graduated from her one year old class to the two year old class.  Several weeks before the official move, she was spending several hours a day with her new class so that the transition wasn’t a shock in at all.  In fact she was consistently asking to play with the two year old class.  I’ve been so pleased with Alice’s “school”.

Elaine’s daycare day consists of three bottles that I send and meals that they provide and feed her. She also has a light afternoon snack. They read stories, play, listen to music, and occasionally make little art projects. Elaine takes at least two naps while at daycare, she seems to have dropped her third nap. There are around 8 babies in Elaine’s daycare, all under the age of 15 months. The caregivers are a mother-daughter team and do a great job caring for our baby girl.

10am (and 3pm): I’m still pumping for about 20 minutes twice a day. I cut out the lunch time pumping session when Elaine was around 6.5 months for my mental health. I send her to daycare with both breast milk and formula. I nurse her when we are together. When we are apart, she takes formula for Daddy and for grandparents. I’ve adopted a no guilt policy and it’s working out well for all involved. 🙂

1pm: Lunch time. Normally I would head home for lunch and eat something we have on hand. During that hour at home, I also try to do a chore like unload the dishwasher or start a load of laundry.  However today was a treat because Matt picked me up for a lunch date. One of the perks of his work-from-home days. With two small ones, dates are pretty infrequent. So any kind of date is a treat. We go to our favorite lunch date spot for authentic Mexican food.  So good.

After lunch I had a bit of extra time before I was due back to the office so I decided to go for a quick walk.  I wear a fitbit and my short walk afforded me some extra steps. #NerdAlert

2-5 Work.

5pm: I leave to go pick up Alice. Normally I take and pick up Elaine because it makes sense for Matt to take and pick up Alice in relation to his office. But twice a week, when Matt works from home, he picks up Elaine and I pick up Alice. I like to be familiar with both of my girls’ care providers and set my eyes on where they spend so much time. I feel like this makes me sound controlling… but it’s just something that’s important to me.

510 pm: I spot Alice playing with the other kids in her class at the same time she sees me. She runs into my arms. The. Best. I chat with her teachers about her day. We grab her sweater from the morning, her daily report sheet, and the artwork she’s made.  Once she’s buckled into her car seat we make the drive home singing and chatting the whole way.

525-600pm: Pulling into our driveway, I spot Matt and Elaine rocking on the front porch awaiting our arrival. Hugs and kisses all around. Matt has picked up my favorite BBQ! I change out of my work clothes, Matt helps Alice wash her hands, and then we all settle around the dining table for dinner. Elaine is in the highchair and Alice is in a booster seat. Probably doesn’t need to be said, but dinner with a baby and a toddler is busy. In between my own bites of food I feed Elaine. Alice pretty much eats whatever we have for dinner and is mostly self sufficient. Elaine has cheerios, half a banana, and I spoon feed her a partial organic baby food pouch. Today it’s creamy chicken and veggies.

6-ish pm: We’re finishing up dinner and as a treat we’ve let Alice have a little bowl of icecream leftover from her birthday party. It’s nice outside and I suggest we go for a walk. Afternoon walks with my family is my favorite. Getting out the door takes a few minutes and meltdowns (the kids and the dog’s). Shoes are pulled on, the leash is taken out, the stroller is set up, grab a pacifier for Elaine, it’s slightly chilly so the girls are wrapped with lightweight blankets. 10-15 minutes later and we’re finally out the door.

6:15ish: We walk around our neighborhood for about 30 minutes. Matt likes to push the stroller and hold Penny’s leash. (Super Dad 😉 We listen to music through a jambox. 
Elaine’s pretty quiet with the exception of a couple times when she has dropped her pacifier. Alice sings and repeatedly says “Hi Mama! Hi Daddy” while holding her hand up to be squeezed by each of us respectively. Matt and I chat about what we like in the houses and yards we pass, making mental notes of what we’d like to do in our home and/or future home. Ultimately we’d both love to live on a cul-de-sac. Did I mention that family walks are my favorite?

650-730pm: Back home we unload the girls. I immediately roll into Elaine’s bedtime routine.  It’s a bath night. We’ve been giving the girls a bath every other night lately. The daily bath was just too harsh on their sensitive skin. While I bathe Elaine, Matt and Alice hang out in the living room. Tonight they are looking at her new set of markers and coloring pad that she got for her birthday. Post bath, I lotion and put E in her pj’s. She’s quite mobile and doesn’t make it easy because she keeps trying to roll over and crawl off the edge of her changing table. Once she’s dressed in her pj’s and sleep sack I switch off her bedroom light, shut the door, and turn on her sound machine. She yawns in anticipation, she’s got this bedtime routine down. I nurse her for the last time of the day. Once she’s full she’s looking for her paci before plopping her head down on my shoulder. Baby cuddles are the sweetest. I hold her close and we rock for a few minutes. At that moment, Alice pushes the door open and yells out “Mama!” Ooops! I forgot to close the door all the way. Matt grabs Alice, shuts the door and I rock Elaine a little longer to settle her back down. It doesn’t take long and I lay her in her crib with her lovey. We don’t hear from her till the morning.

725 pm: While I’m finishing up with Elaine, Matt starts Alice’s bedtime routine. Bathtime, pj’s, and lotion. I give her a hug and a kiss before Matt puts her down for the night. It’s not unusual for her to sing and talk to her lovey and Suzette for about half an hour. During this time I make Elaine’s bottles for the next day and put them in the fridge.

8 pm: I check the baby monitor. Elaine is fast asleep. Alice is still chatting away. I open the door to her room and am greeted by her small voice “Hi Mama.” It’s like she’s expecting me.  She stretches her arms to me and requests “Rock a bye baby.” I give in, of course. I rock her back and forth and sing rock-a-bye baby. She requests it three times and each time I say “Okay, but this is the last time.” She’s satisfied and I lay her back down in her crib and tuck her in. She holds up Suzzette and her Lovey “kisses!!” I give them both kisses and have them kiss her – three times. I tell her “goodnight” and shut the door. Just before the door completely closes I see her roll onto her side with her thumb in her mouth. She’s quiet for the rest of the night.

8-9pm: Matt and I sit in the living room, chatting, watching TV, and playing on our ipads. I get in the shower around 9. I still like my evening shower because helps me wind down for the night.

945 pm: I’m tired. I kiss Matt goodnight and go into each girl’s room to check on them one last time. They’re both asleep. Elaine is still wearing a sleep sack and Alice has once again kicked her blankets off. I cover her back up before climbing into bed. On my phone I check the weather and scroll through social media. This is probably not the best habit because before I know it, 1020. I make sure my alarm is set and I turn off the lights. Matt usually makes his way to bed sometime between 11 and midnight. With both kids now sleeping through the night I find it to be … awesome!

I’ve written two other “Typical Weekday” Posts and although the basic outline of each day is fairly similar, the details are so different! I love having these logs of how our days rolled out at these different stages in our lives. If you’re curious I’ve linked them below:

Typical Weekday # 1: I was 9 months pregnant with Elaine and Alice was 14 months old

Typical Weekday #2, Alice was 19 months and Elaine was 4 months (Whew! This makes me tired to just read!)

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One Little Word for 2015. Gratitude.

Happy 2015! We’re three days in and I hope you’re off to a good start. Do you get into New Years resolutions? Matt feels like it’s just another day, but I totally get into it. I love the idea of a new year and a fresh start. I love buying a new planner (I bought this one) and filling in the crisp blank pages.  I already have a list of things I’d love to accomplish in 2015 penned on one of the blank pages in the back of the planner.  In addition to my overall yearly list of goals, I’m also listing out small goals to help me reach those big goals and  things I would just like to get done each month.

Most of my goals are creative in nature.  I want to sew more (well…actually learn to sew), draw, paint, make a weaving, and put together more photo books.  I also want to get in really good shape.  I have essentially been pregnant for the past two years and it feels so good to have my body back (besides breastfeeding) and I’d love to run, yoga, lift weights, get my heart rate up, and just sweat more!  I’m really excited about all these things.

As for this space I would love a new look.  Inevitably, I always want a completely new blog name and start thinking the one I’ve chosen is lame.  If you read my blog for any amount of time you know that I’ve gone through several blog names and even url addresses.  But, darn it,  I’m committing to this one and I’m going to stay put for now.  Yours Truly, Melissa is fitting… this space is basically an online journal written by me.  Corny and trite, but true.  But a new look is definitely on the brain and I’m thinking simple black and white.

Lastly I have decide to participate in One Little Word.  A concept developed by Ali Edwards where you choose a word every year and it becomes sort of like your mantra for the year.  I initially read about One Little Word on Elise’s blog 2-3 years ago and didn’t really think much of it until the end of 2014.   I was intrigued and the word gratitude kept coming back to me.

I debated on taking the workshop, but truth of the matter is, I’m not at all interested in scrap booking.   Not even a little bit.   I do love all the things that go with scrap booking: pretty papers, photos, journaling…so it’s sort of puzzling to me why I’m not really into it, but I’m just not. I think things like Project Life are awesome and I admire when other people post their spreads and think what a great memento to have of your days.  I can’t put my finger on exactly why it’s not for me, except that I personally love the more streamlined look of photos in hardbound albums.  Different memory keeping method right?   Although, I guess it’s more of digital scrapbooking, especially if you arrange the photos and words in the album yourself.  Yes?

So One Little Word.  Having an intention for your year and this year I intend to focus on gratitude.   I actually have a couple other words that I really liked as well, but this is the word that really stands out.  I have my word painted in watercolor and pinned  to my cork board so that I’ll see it everyday.  I don’t think I’m especially ungrateful, but I could definitely be more grateful, more thankful, more appreciative… I have two very small children (a 4.5 month old and a 19.5 month old), I work 32 hours a week, I have the day to day grind of laundry, shopping, and general housekeeping.  It can all become wearisome and very easy to focus on the have nots.

But I know I have it pretty good.  More than good.  It’s a beautiful life I live and I want to focus on those things.  Of course there is always room for growth and improvement, but there is So. Much. to be grateful for.  I’m still contemplating on exactly how I will have more gratitude in 2015.   I want to be grateful for the things I already have but also for the new opportunities and blessing that will come my familys’ way.   One thing is certain,  I want to regularly identify and list out things I am grateful for.  I also want to read this bookto give me a kickstart.  I am a firm believer that grateful people are happier overall.  Positive yields positive.

Cheers to positivity and happiness!

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Anyone else participating in One Little Word?  Are you intrigued?  Read more about it here, or listen to this podcast.  If you decide to join in please leave a comment and let me know what word will speak to you this year! You can start anytime!  I’d love to hear all about it.

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Our Typical Weekday

The last time I laid out our typical weekday it was July. Alice was 15 months old and I was miserably and, might I add, hugely pregnant.  A lot has changed in these past five months. The biggest change being that Elaine is now here. We’ve grown from being a family of three to four, I’m no longer pregnant (thank goodness!), and both the girls continue to thrive and grow. So here goes:

A “Typical Weekday” in Our Family – Alice 19 months, Elaine 4 months, Matt & Melissa married for 3 years and 10 months (4 years this February!)

Note: This timeline is based on the days I work 8-5. It varies slightly when I have to work until 530 or 6 o’clock in the evening, but for the most part this is how a typical week day looks for us right now. Right now being the week of December 15th, 2014.

630 am // The sound of my alarm drags me out of what feels like the deepest of deep sleeps. “Noooooo…. I’m so tired!!!” these are my thoughts every morning. 630 am comes very quickly after being up at 5am (and 2am before that) to nurse Elaine. I hit snooze. More than once.

650 – 710ish am // I force myself to throw the covers back and drag myself out of bed. I’m going to be late if I don’t hurry. Everyone, except Penny our dog, is asleep. She wants to go outside. After letting her out, I carry the baby video monitor into the bathroom along with my phone. I check to make sure that both girls are still asleep. They are. Once again I tell myself that I should have gotten up earlier because I now have approximately 8 minutes to get ready. I head into the bathroom and quickly brush my teeth, wash my face, and apply some makeup. I still prefer to take my showers at night because 1) it helps me unwind and 2.) I hit snooze too many times to allow for a morning shower.

712 ish – 725 ish am // I am officially rushing around. I put on the coffee and whip up a very quick breakfast (these days it’s fast cooking oatmeal). I pack my car with Elaine’s bottle bag, my breast pump bag, my purse, and a bag of snacks. I have so many bags and think for the millionth time that I should consolidate. I shovel breakfast down and head to our bedroom to get dressed. I turn the hall light on because Matt is still asleep and dress in semi darkness, which is okay because I wear a uniform everyday and my outfits fortunately don’t require any planning or forethought.

730 am // Fully dressed, I head into Elaine’s room. She’s still asleep and I wish as I do every morning that I didn’t have to wake her. There’s just something not right about waking peacefully slumbering babes. I turn off her sound machine and gently rub on her belly. She awakens easily and after adjusting her gaze she always, always flashes me one of her huge gummy grins. She. Is. The. Sweetest. I scoop her up and kiss her soft and full cheeks. I like to give her a moment to adjust to being awake before I turn on the overhead light and get her dressed. We are out the door by 735/740ish and on the road to daycare.

730-745 am // Matt gets out of bed around this time and takes a shower. Sometimes Alice is awake and talks and plays quietly in her room. Sometimes she has to be woken up and other time she talks and plays loudly. As toddlers do. Matt dresses himself first before he goes into her room to get her dressed and ready for the day. He finds this is much easier than getting her out of bed before he’s dressed and ready. If you’re ever in a hurry, try adding a crazy toddler to the mix and you’ll quickly realize that you are now late.

Alice is at daycare by 830am so that she can eat breakfast with her class. She is in a class with 12 other one year olds. She has two main teachers and they are both fabulous, caring, and fun. We are so pleased that Alice really seems to enjoy daycare and her teachers. Her day consists of going outside for fresh air twice a day for a walk in the buggy, to play on the outdoor playground, or both. There is also a stellar indoor playground that the kids play on when the weather is bad. Other activities to fill the day include story time, music, learning and developmental activities, and art. Lunch is at 1130 and then it’s quiet/nap time from 12-330 followed by an afternoon snack. Matt picks her up shortly after 5 pm.

745ish to 750ish am // I drop Elaine off at daycare. She’s in a small in-home day care with 8 total babies ranging from 6 weeks to 15 months. The caregivers are a mother daughter team and Elaine seems to be doing really great there. We weren’t able to get her into the same in-home day care that Alice was in, but I’m so grateful to have been referred to this one and that they had an opening. Elaine’s day involves naps and milk 🙂 My understanding is that she gets her bottles around 9,12, and 3. I know they have play time, story time, and they listen to music. A sweet bonus is that her daycare providers occasionally text me photos of my sweet girl and they send home little art projects using E’s hand and foot prints!

8 am // I make it to the office and settle in for my morning of work.

9 am // I pump for about 20ish minutes. I have lots of thoughts on being a working mom/breast feeding/and pumping but that would take forever. So maybe another time I’ll share those thoughts…

930-12 // Work

12 -1 // Lunch. I go home everyday at this point. We live very close by, less than 10 minutes to drive. Once I get home I eat whatever I can scrounge up in the kitchen and pump for the second time of the day. Sometimes Matt meets me at home and with salads from the deli down the street. It’s pretty much the only time we are by ourselves these days. By the time I eat, pump, and wash my pump parts it’s time to head back to work. The hour truly flies by.

1-5 pm // Work

3 pm // Pump for the 3rd time of the day.

5-530 pm // As soon as I’m able to, I rush out the door to pick Elaine up at daycare. I usually arrive at to get her by 515 or a few minutes before. I get a brief update on how her day went and then I pack her in the car and head home. Elaine is pretty much quiet the entire ride home, which is opposite of Alice at that age. We pull into the garage around 530 and Matt and Alice are usually always there. Alice has a snack and is intently watching her dad put dinner together. I kiss them both hello and change out of my work clothes. Matt and I dive into the whirlwind that is night time parenting duty for the next couple hours.

530-605ish pm // We usually try to eat dinner together as a family at the dinner table with Alice in her high chair and Elaine sitting in the bumbo on the dining room table. E isn’t eating food yet, but I think she still enjoys being included. Once dinner is over I try to spend time with Alice, read a couple books, or just play. E loves to play on her piano play mat or sit in her bouncy chair. Alice is very interested in her baby sister and wants to give her lots of hugs and pats. She’s still learning how to be gentle and that she’s 2-3 times her size! 🙂

610-640 isn pm // Elaine usually starts to get fussy which is an indicator that she is ready for bed. I get her in the bath and changed into her pi’s while Alice and Matt watch Elmo and/or read books. I nurse and rock her in her room. We try to keep things consistent so that she can get used to a routine. Bedtime with Elaine is hit or miss. Sometimes she falls right asleep, other times she cries and it take several attempts to get her down for the night. Granted she is only 4 months old and I think she’s growing through what they called the Four Month Sleep Regression.  I didn’t know this existed, but apparently maybe it does.

645 – 715ish pm // Matt gets Alice into the bath and changed into her pi’s. I give her a hug and kiss goodnight before he puts her down. While she’s in the bath I wash Elaine’s bottles and try to clean up the kitchen in general. I also prepare her bottles for the next day and pack them in the bottle bag before placing them in the fridge so that they are ready to go in the morning.

730 pm // Alice is down for the night, but Elaine has woken back up. Matt takes over clean up duty in the kitchen so that I can try to get her back down.

8 pm // Both kids are asleep. For now. I jump into the shower, which is kind of my escape for the day.  I try to relax under the hot water and white noise.

820 pm // I’m out of the shower and Matt is in Elaine’s room trying to get her back down again. She eventually falls asleep.

9-930 // Matt and I collapse in the living room, exhaustion hits us full force. Ha! We chat for a bit, watch TV, and/or zone out online. I try to get into bed by 945 pm and Matt is on baby monitor duty until he comes to bed.

11-1120 pm // Matt wakes me up. Elaine is awake and hungry. I nurse her and put her back down. She usually goes back down very easily late at night, thankfully!!! Matt usually comes to bed by 1130 or 12.

2 am // E is up again. I nurse her, rock her, and put her back down.

5 am // E wakes up and is hungry. More nursing, more rocking, and again she goes down easily. She was sleeping so much better a couple weeks ago. I really hope she goes back to waking up just once in the middle of the night like she was. But really I’m looking forward to when she starts sleeping the whole night through on a consistent basis.

630 am // My alarm goes off and we start a new day.

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So it’s obvious that we are in a super busy season of life. Sometimes it’s wearisome, but overall it’s awesome. I love my family and am super grateful for each one of them. Do I long for more free time? Of course I do!

Sometimes, after the girls are in bed Matt will stay with the girls while I go out and watch a movie or grab a bite to eat with girlfriends and vice versa for him. Honestly, this happens so infrequently because it takes effort and, lets face it, we’re pretty low on steam these days. Weekends we spend a lot of quality time together at home and occasionally hang out with the girls’ grandparents. Once Elaine is sleeping through the night I think our schedule will change again. In the future I’d love a little more time to work out on a regular basis and have some crafty time.

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A Christmasy Weekend

Every day this past weekend was packed with a Christmas activity.  We kicked Friday night off with just us adults and attended a “Naughty or Nice” Christmas party.  We stayed out till eleven, when we had to pick up E from Grandma and Grandpa’s (Alice stayed the night) and passed out.  #oldpeople #stillnursingseveraltimesinthenight #ireallylovesleep

Saturday Alice’s daycare put on a Christmas pageant and her class rang bells during “Frosty the Snowman.”  Insert a heart eyed emoticon here.

Sunday we attended a brunch with Santa as the guest of honor.  It was both the girls’ first time to meet Santa.  We attempted to plop Alice in Santa’s lap but she wasn’t stoked about sitting in a strange bearded man’s lap.  I can’t say I blame her.  Elaine could care less.  So it was an entire family photo op with Santa this year.

Every single one of these photos makes me smile.  It was a good, albeit busy, weekend.

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