Once again, encouraged by Navigating The Mothership‘s quarterly series. I made sure to participate this time mostly because of all the little things Jane says and does that constantly make me laugh but I never remember later… and knowing it’ll be completely different stuff just months from now…
7:05 a.m.: Jane wakes up and I go in her bedroom and tell her it’s still dark out (it isn’t, but mostly so in her room) and hold her hand until she goes back to sleep. We seem to be doing this a lot of mornings these days, because she wakes up so cranky, and of course because it allows us extra sleep!
7:25: But she only went back to sleep for 10 minutes so I go in and put her on the changing table to take off her nighttime diaper (new development within the last couple weeks, she is mostly potty trained!) I slightly brush her leg on the side of the table.
“Mama! You gotta be careful with me!” … “Don’t hit people!”.
“I didn’t hit you.”
Oh, cheerful morning…
7:40: She watches the rest of Wild Kratts (love that show) and I doze in bed.
8:00: We’re up, Jane runs to the window “I see a truck Mama!”
“A big garbage truck?”
“I sure do!” (She always says this with a certain mature tone that makes me smile…)
8:30: Baby V arrives.
8:36: “Look mama, I put my snakey on a castle!”
(Castle from bottom to top: can of beets, coconut milk, artichoke hearts, hemp protein powder, cornstarch, and canola oil spray, all which baby V threw out of the pantry a couple minutes earlier.)
In my notes here it says there was a screaming fight then over a toy. For every cute moment there’s some sort of whining, negotiation, or all out tantrum.
9:00: Baby V takes her nap.
Usually now Jane would have oatmeal for breakfast, but today I’d started making a pot of lentils to use in a dish later and she said “Mama, can I have some lentils please?” in the sweetest voice. Oh what a proud moment for a veg mama, ha. So she had lentils with peas, tahini, and nutritional yeast for breakfast and she told me the “sauce was very good, mama”.
9:15: I take a shower while Jane watches the rest of Super Why.
9:30: I set her up with all her PlayDoh and accessories, which actually keeps her occupied for like 45 minutes, except for whining every 3 minutes for me to look at something or help with something or because she dropped/broke/couldn’t open something…
“Look at all her blankets, mama!”
In the meantime I get myself ready, drink coffee, play on the computer, get our stuff ready to picnic at the park later.
10:30: Baby V is up, rush is on to get out the door.
11:00: Finally in the car, even with no major incidents it always feels hectic getting both of them out the door. I savor my 8 minutes of drive time not having to pay attention to what they’re doing.
At the park! They just finished fighting over that bag of crackers. I’m happy because it’s gorgeous out and I have an adult to talk to:
Lunch with our friends:
1:00: Rush to get home for Baby V to get picked up.
2:05: Jane is finally sleeping. Here is a list of how she delayed the nap today:
“I found some playdoh on the floor, I need to put it away mama”. “Put it on the counter we can put it away later”. “Nooooooo, NOWWWWW!”.
Wanted some more milk. (Unsweetened soymilk from a cup that is…. other big news, we’ve entirely stopped nursing in the past couple weeks, the new potty training routine helped a lot with that.)
Right when we’re about to lay down “I need to get my bear!”
Then again, “I need to get my baby!” “Put her shirt on, mama!” (tantrum when I tried to refuse)
Ok the baby and bear are in the bed, time to get in…. “No, I sleep right here on the rocking chair” (puts her head down on the chair and pretends to sleep.)
Finally get her in the crib and… “The bear won’t stay on my pillow, Oh Nooooooooooooo!” (most dramatic voice ever)
We throw the bear to the end of the crib and….
She starts babbling to be about what we’re gonna do after her nap, I try to ignore her, and “Nooooooo, you’re not talkin to meeeee!”
Uff da. When she finally quiets down I lay there holding her hand and try to breathe deep so I can relax and actually enjoy my time alone after she goes to sleep.
And I do have a nice couple hours. Wow that sounds like a long time, but it never feels like it. I finish my lentil dish for later, reply to some e-mails, make myself lunch, talk on the phone with one of my best friends who lives in Seattle now who’s due with her first baby… four days ago!!! , read a little, watch this awesome video:
Amanda Palmer responding to the piece Daily Mail wrote about her “wardrobe malfunction”.
Oh and while I’m sitting outside our neighborhood cat Bindi comes to visit. I love this cat. She even hangs out in our house a little today, and on my lap while I’m drinking more coffee:
4:00: Jane’s up. She sits on the potty to poop, I’m standing in the kitchen and here’s some of her constant talking:
“Oh, I farted mama! My butt says hi.” (Hahaha, Nathan taught her this.)
“Good job cleaning up mama” (I guess I’m not just standing in the kitchen, I’m always cleaning something….)
“Mama, you’re my best friend.” (Awww. She probably says this every day but it still makes me feel good.)
<snorting with her nose> “I’m a pig” (Totally random). Me: “You’re a pig?” Her: “No, you’re mine pig, mama.”
4:30: We leave for our friend’s house. Usually in the afternoons we go to the gym, take a walk, or run errands, but my friend just had her 2nd baby so we’re bringing them food and then I’m taking their older daughter (about 21 mos.) and Jane to this awesome bookstore and out to eat so they can have a break.
The bookstore is Wild Rumpus and they have a free roaming chicken, cats, birds, ferrets, chinchillas, and a lizard. And books! Of which we read none.
We were going to go to the super kid friendly Sovereign Grounds to eat, but it was closed, so we walked across the street to Turtle Bread. Very serious straw drinkers:
8:00: Finally home, and ready for some alone time. I get on my bike and ride for an hour while Nathan puts Jane to bed:
9:00: Get home and ready for bed, sit down at the computer and see a desk like this advertised for free out in someone’s alley on our neighborhood FB page. (I love our neighborhood!):
I don’t know where we’d put it, but would love it for Jane, so drive over there in my pj’s, but it is gone already, only an hour after it was posted!
10:00: Back home, make something to eat and a drink, start writing this post.
11:00: Time for bed…
Just another day in the life. But tomorrow things get interesting, we leave for a week long vacation with Nathan’s family – 8 adults, 5 kids, 1 cabin, just a short drive outside of the city. Really looking forward to Jane being able to play with her cousins, (and for me to not be her primary source of entertainment!)