It flew by, of course. I wanted to get down at least one day in the life to capture it. I recorded this more than a month ago:
Thursday, August 13th
Me: Almost 33. Jane: Almost 4.5 Aiden: 10.5 months
6:00 a.m.: Aiden’s up. Our current sleeping arrangement is his crib right next to my bed, so this means I’m up too. Way too early for me, I’ve been hoping to somehow get his wakeup time closer to 7:00 but for now… I’ve had a lot more 9:30 p.m. bedtimes than I ever thought I would. He also still wakes once during the night but goes back to sleep right away if I nurse him.
6:45: Move into the kitchen after nursing in bed awhile then playing in the living room. (Well, me snoozing on the couch while hoping Aiden entertains himself for as long as possible.)
6:55: Jane gets up and still wearing this watch some grandma gave her the day before, talking immediately about how it says a different time than the kitchen clock. She’s really into telling time and is pretty good at it!
7:00: Trying to wash my face, but everyone is in the bathroom with me and Aiden is currently obsessed with putting his hands on the toilet. At least he hasn’t started to pull up on things yet.
7:15: Feed AD breakfast – oatmeal with pureed fruit. Still no teeth!
7:30: Jane gets her morning show (something 25 minutes off pbs kids) with starter breakfast of cheerios and milk, I clean the kitchen and cut up a cantaloupe for the park later. AD starts getting fussy and I put him in the jumper.
8:00: Jane and Aiden play together (she is still such an amazing big sister, always helpful and makes the baby laugh like no one else), I make a pot of quinoa for later, and browse this Simply Natural Baby Food book because Aiden is SO into solids lately and I’ve forgotten what I used to feed Jane at this age.
8:20: Tell Jane we need to make a card and pick a birthday present for one of our best friend’s parties tomorrow. I love this group of friends so much, it’s standard practice for us to tell the kids to pick one of their own toys to give away for someone’s birthday present. It’s frugal, a nice lesson for the kids, and saves us a trip to the store!
8:30: Jane gets her real breakfast of oatmeal, pb, flax, molasses, and fruit.
8:40: Aiden is very ready for his morning nap. My supply seems to have gone down with starting solids, but he’s still so hungry we’re supplementing with formula, just like with Jane. I make his bottle and Jane says “Mama, I can carry that bottle, since you’re carrying a baby.” Soooo sweet! She always needs to give him a kiss goodnight before his nap too.
9:00: Get in the shower. Jane comes in to say “Mom know what?” for like the 50th time this morning. I’m really ready for school to start.
9:20: Out of shower, drink coffee, chat with a friend about swapping child care on FB.
9:35: Talk on the phone to another friend.
9:45: Jane gets picked up for a 4 day summer school session, which she’s going to with the 5 yr. old we’re watching about 4 days/wk. this summer. The other girl’s parents bring them to the class and then I pick them up and watch their daughter for the rest of the day.
10:00: Aiden wakes up.
11:30: A friend through my child care swap group drops off her daughter, same age as Jane, then we leave shortly after to pick up the other two girls and go to the park. (My life is so full of kids!)
The Park is the same one we always go to, our home away from home for the past three summers. We probably spend at least 2-3 hours here about three times per week. It’s the kind of place where you don’t really have to make plans to meet people, but you know at least a couple of your friends will be there. I can’t describe how much I love our neighborhood and the community of parents here.
^Don’t let babies push babies in strollers ;-)
2:30: Home from the park.
Notes get spotty here. I probably let the girls watch a show to have a rest. Their parents come to pick them up about 4:00 and 4:30.
5:00: Nathan comes over after work. I suppose this is where I mention he no longer lives with us. It’s not something I feel comfortable going into detail about on the blog, but basically he announced suddenly at the beginning of Feb. that he didn’t want to be married anymore. Nothing I did could change his mind. He moved out at the beginning of the summer. It’s been rough, of course, but we’ve settled into a routine where he comes over to help with bedtime a few nights a week and lately things have been mostly amicable.
5:30: Nathan takes the kids to his gym.
5:45: I leave on my bike to go to yoga.
7:30: Yoga done and bike to the co-op for some groceries. It’s Thursday and our regular girls’ night at the neighborhood bar, but I’m resisting their texts because I have a bunch of plans over the next 3 days for my birthday weekend and don’t want to be tired.
8:40: Home, put groceries away, shower, eat (quinoa/kale/hummus/nooch/sauerkraut bowl), play on the internet, go to bed.