Although the days sometimes blend together I spent the last week trying to piece together what an average day looks like for us.
Parker and Caity usually wake up between 7am – 8am. Days Parker goes to daycare (2 days a week) we sometimes have to wake him up so he and Rob can get out of the house on time. If it’s not a daycare day we spend the morning snuggled in bed watching Disney. It’s even more fun when Rob doesn’t have class and we can all snuggle together. I nurse Caity during this time, usually try to shower , and get the kids “dressed” which in the winter means sleepers and comfy clothes.
Parker also likes to get ready too.
Caity still isn’t on a set schedule but she usually goes down for a morning nap between 8 and 9. Iv’e been “putting” her down when she seems tired in the R&P in her room. Then Parker and I head downstairs for breakfast.
Some of Parker’s favorite breakfast foods are yogurt, fruit, Cheerios, and muffins.
From about 9-11:30 Parker heads to his playroom and gets busy making a mess. I try to knock out some laundry, clean up the kitchen, and on a good day work on a project or blog post. Caity isn’t sleeping long yet so after she wakes up we spend time playing together or on a rough day watching a movie.
Lunch is anywhere from 11:30 – 12:30. Some days I have to get creative and figure out how to nurse or wear Caity while making lunch. Other days she hangs out in her Fisher-Price Spacesaver High Chair, a favorite of ours, and watches while I make lunch.
Some of his favorite lunches are chicken nuggets, hot dogs or leftovers usually paired with a fruit and veggie. He loves to dip food so anytime I can add a dip in he is a satisfied customer.
Parker has always been an excellent sleeper. Even at 2.5 years he still takes a 2-3 hour nap. If he wakes up early and is in a good mood I let him play in his room until he calls for me. It’s fun to watch him on the video monitor totally destroy his room. When he is done, you can usually hear him say, “uh oh” or “I broke it Mommy”.
I am hoping once Caity gets into a routine she will also be a good sleeper. Hey, a girl can dream 🙂 For the moment, I get what I can done. Some days Caity will play in her Baby Einstein Musical Motion Activity Jumper or Fisher-Price Discover n’ Grow Kick & Play Piano Mat in my craft room. Around 1:30 she gets cranky and will try to help me do work or we head down to the nursery and watch Netflix in the recliner nursing and napping.
Since we only have one car we try to get out of the house after nap time when Rob gets home, usually between 4-6 pm. We run errands (which means I get the kids dressed in nice clothes), take a walk outside, or go play on the playground. Even in the cold weather they both love it and I am happy as long as they are bundled up. If Rob works late or we just want to stay in we usually curl up on the couch with a snack and good movie.
I LOVE watching Parker see a new movie or anticipate a funny scene in one of his favorite ones.
We tend to eat between 5:30 – 6 so if we are out for awhile we stop and get dinner. If not, Rob usually takes control of dinner and I nurse Caity while Parker plays. He likes helping Rob make pizzas or sitting at the breakfast bar and watching him cook. After dinner Rob spends some time with the kiddos while I clean up the kitchen. We also knock out the load of laundry or household chore for that day if I haven’t gotten to it yet.
Between 7-7:30 we all head up stairs for bath time. I am sharing a little more about this later in the week. I was really worried about how this would work with two but our system is working great, even when Rob is away and I have to do it solo. Rob takes charge of reading and putting Parker to bed while I nurse Caity again.
Evenings are the hardest for me. Before Caity I was able to head up to my craft room to work on the bills, a project, or blog. With Rob and school and Caity extremely colicy in the evenings, we spend most of the time in her nursery watching Netflix and nursing on and off. I know #firstworldproblems, but after 4 months it’s starting to wear on me. Not to mention how behind I am in just about everything. Up until about a week ago this was from 7-11:30. Despite being sick this last week, I have noticed her in better spirits in the evening and able to fall asleep, on me, around 10. She nurses about 2-3 times a night, usually at 1, sometime between 2-3, and then around 4. Right now I bring her into bed with me to nurse and she ends up falling asleep on my chest.
Then 7am rolls around and we do it all over again.
It’s certainly not a glamorous life. I don’t get time to shower everyday and despite my laid out cleaning schedule, I often have to play catch up during the week. I try to balance what needs to be done with spending time playing and engaging both kiddos. It isn’t easy and I don’t always succeed, but in the end the best I can do is try. When I find myself wearing thin and getting upset I stop and think about how short these years are in retrospect to my life, take a breathe, and go find a little boy to tickle or play cars with.