A day-in-the-life with an 8-month-old and a 4-year-old. 🙂
Hi friends! I’m off to LA this morning and will be Snapping, IG-ing and sharing lots of adventures on the blog in next week’s posts. In the meantime, here is a glimpse into a semi-normal whole day. 🙂 While I don’t think these are my most thrilling blog posts, I enjoy reading them on other sites. They remind me of the blog days of yore, and are also fun to look back on later. Have a wonderful morning and I’ll be back tomorrow with Friday Faves. xoxo
7:32 YES. We slept in! Yes, yes, yes, yes. I was afraid the crew would be awake early since we didn’t get them to bed until late the previous night. (Isn’t it a cruel joke that when kids go to bed later they wake up earlier? Not cool.) The Pilot and I were up until 12:30 between cleaning the kitchen, washing bottles, and a late-night Target essentials run. I hop out of bed to wash my face and put in my contacts,
and check my phone for about 30 seconds until Liv comes in. She tells me about her dream, and we hear P singing to herself on the baby monitor.
I let Liv go in to say “Hi” to her sister, while I race to the kitchen to start breakfast. Liv likes to be the first person to see Penelope in the morning, and she’ll talk to her, hand her a toy, and sing songs while I start her breakfast and heat up a bottle. The bottle is in the warmer, Liv’s oatmeal and yogurt are on the table, so I go into P’s room to see this.
It makes my heart explode every morning. (PS how awesome is that bedhead?)
Liv has her oatmeal and yogurt while I feed P her bottle, and when P is finished, I put her in the high chair to enjoy some puffs and avocado pieces. I scramble an egg for Liv, make her lunch,
and make my morning drink: hot water with apple cider vinegar, lemon, turmeric, honey, and cayenne.
We get dressed, I cover Liv in sunscreen and pack up her water bottle, and we drive to camp drop-off. Liv is doing a couple of fun camps this summer since school is out (a mix of half day and full day camps, depending on where it is), and she’s really excited for this one because we coordinated dates with one of her best friends.
9:20 We’re back from dropping off Liv and the weather is perfect, so I put P in the Ergo and leash the dogs for a walk before the sun starts to beat down.
9:45 We come back home, P and I read a couple of books and take turns making sounds and blowing raspberries at each other, and then I set her in her Pack n’ Play to briefly check emails. I answer the few that will catch fire if they’re not answered in a timely manner, and then it’s time for P’s nap. I have no idea what will happen because we had to put the AC unit in her room, which terrifies her (but only sometimes), and she’s teething in a major way. Fingers crossed.
10:05 VICTORY. She’s crashed! I take 10 minutes to make a quick breakfast,
wipe down the counters, wash breakfast dishes, and chug the rest of my morning drink, and run around the house picking up. I make the beds, put a load of laundry into the washer, write checks for bills to put into the mailbox, and feed the dogs.
10:40 Work blitz begins! I like to dedicate her first nap to pure content creation. This way, if she doesn’t take a great afternoon nap, the content is there and I’ll have a few posts in the queue ready to go at all times. I start writing two posts and a newsletter before P starts to stir. Usually I get the most done if I mono-task, but because I was hopping between content, I don’t feel like I accomplished much.
11:35 I change Miss P, snuggle with her while she drinks a bottle, and we pack up for the gym.
12:25 I get in a quick 30-minute upper body workout, testing out the PBB advanced plan. It kills my upper body in the best way possible.
1:00 We’re leaving the gym and on the way to Trader Joe’s for some essentials.
1:45 Back home, P is crashed in the car and I play the great naptime gamble: will she transfer to the crib without waking up?
SHE DOES. Yassssss.
2:00 Work blitz #2. During her afternoon nap, I try to do most of the behind-the-scenes and business-related blog tasks. I schedule conference calls and Skypes during this time and will invoice, work on my editorial calendar, email, schedule pins and shout outs (I’ve been using Coschedule which changed my world), and brainstorm ideas for PBB. I’ve been working on revamping the current version (which will be live in the fall) and designing the advanced plan, which all current plan-holders will receive automatically.
I make a salad using this combo, but forget to snap a pic (aka it isn’t nearly this attractive):
I remember I still need to design graphics for Summer Shape Up, so I start working on those.
I finish one of the posts I had started that morning, so it’s ready to go, and start to create a few invoices when P starts to stir.
3:15 Time to pick up Liv from camp! She tells us all about the art projects she did, shares a bite of her cooking project with me, and sings a new song. We drive back home to feed P a bottle, and Liv eats her afternoon snack. I also give P some spinach-pea-pear pouch. She’s a fan. 🙂
I make a quick smoothie with frozen berries, almond milk, vegan chocolate Shakeology and goat whey:
and also chug another cup of coffee.
We hang out and play in Liv’s room for a while until Tom is home. We high five to switch over; I leave to teach Spin and he takes over with the kiddos.
5:30 I teach a super sweaty Spin class 🙂
This is my current favorite sprint song:
6:45 Back at home! I start a super fast dinner while the Pilot puts P to bed and Liv plays dolls in her room. This is one of our favorite on-the-fly recipes, especially since Liv will actually eat it, and it takes about 15 minutes to put together. She’s on a huge shrimp kick right now, so we’ve had it a couple of times in the recent rotation.
I Snapchatted the recipe when I made it, but it’s basically a sautéed onion with a pack of frozen stir fry veggies, tossed with shrimp, gluten-free noodles, and a peanut sauce (tamari, peanut butter, garlic, ginger, honey, olive oil, pepper, a pinch of cayenne).
7:10 We eat dinner as a family and catch up on the day, and then it’s time for Liv’s bath and bedtime routine. (Bath, hair dry, jammies, brush/floss, stories.) While the Pilot gives Liv a bath, I take a quick shower, and camp out in our room to finish the second post I was working on to send to the brand for review, and finish and send out invoices. I’m done just in time to read Liv her bedtime stories.
9:00 Liv is crashed, so we pour some wine and start cleaning up the kitchen and washing bottles. After the kitchen is done, I pack Liv’s lunch for the next day, and head into our room to write back to emails, schedule my post and shout outs for the following day, and answer blog comments.
10:30 Laundry mountain is staring at me, so I start a podcast (Amy Porterfield) and listen to it while I fold and put laundry away.
11:00 The Pilot makes a bottle and I head into P’s room for her dream feed. Even though I’m tired, I really love dream feeds. They’re so sweet and snuggly. After she’s finished eating and has a fresh diaper, I crawl into bed, and read until my eyes start to droop and call it a night.
11:45 Lights out, and ready to do it all over again. 🙂