Inspired by Navigating The Mothership’s quarterly Day in the Life roundup, here’s the account of our day last Thurs. 2-16. This is a standard “rest” day I like to have at least once a week. I nanny for another baby about 2 days per week and on other days we get together with friends or visit one of the Grandma’s.
7:00 a.m.: Jane’s up. We bring her into our bed to nurse and play for awhile.
7:30: I move to the couch in the playroom and hope Jane plays by herself while I close my eyes and Nathan gets ready for work. But she keeps wandering off to find Daddy:
I hear silence which almost always means she’s found something fascinating to play with I wouldn’t want her playing with, so I drag myself off the couch to investigate:
8:00: Nathan leaves for work. We move to the kitchen where I start cleaning up last night’s mess (we always eat late at night… last night we decided to make pancakes and tropical drinks at 9 p.m…) Jane plays and I make her something to eat.
Usual state of my kitchen floor:
10:20: Awake again. We have almost 3 hours until next nap and in that time I shower, clean up the house, make lunch for both of us, and take care of “administrative life stuff” like making a doc appointment, returning some phone calls, checking e-mail, etc, and playing with baby girl in between all of it.
Sometimes she entertains herself, but half the time she’s pulling on my leg or throwing a tantrum because I tell her not to touch the knob on the stove:
My standard SAHM outfit – t-shirt and pajama pants:
My nice sunny corner on the couch:
2:15: She’s up. I definitely didn’t sit and relax for a full hour, maybe a half by the time I did other stuff around the house.
She’s super cranky (according to my notes) and I have no idea what exactly we do for the next hour, because I didn’t write that down. But, looking through my pics, we watched bugs for awhile (box elders always find their way into the house):
3:45: Get ready to go to the gym. I love driving and listening to The Current (our local public radio, but you can stream it if you’re not in MN!) Just hearing Mary Lucia’s voice puts me in a good mood, and just in time for the “no apologies” track! She talks about how saying the word “brewery” always feels awkward and I completely agree. I love this woman.
At the gym:
I get on the treadmill and try to focus on my music and people watching and ignore the captioned Real Housewives of Wherever on the screen right in front of my face. The show is so annoying it makes my blood pressure rise just typing about it, and it’s always playing when I’m at the gym. The other screens show news and sports, equally annoying/uninteresting.
5:45: Home. Jane loves to look at the clock right when we walk in the door:
I saw it on the wall of a kabob shop when I was in Spain in… 2002? Back when I ate meat and kabob is all we ate on that trip, so I talked them into letting me buy their clock off the wall.
6:00: Daddy’s home, we play on the bed for awhile. Jane loves to jump and fling herself all over on it, which requires constant supervision:
She LOVES it when I pretend to be “mama monkey” and jump on the bed and eat her legs:
The next two hours I have all to myself. I finish reading last Sunday’s newspaper, finding a couple more books to put in my library queue (Bringing up bebe – an American mother discovers the wisdom of French parenting, and Behind the Beautiful Forevers, a non-fiction about the slums of India)
I make dinner:
On the left: pot of instant brown rice. On the right: chopped veggie burger sauteed with black beans and spinach. This is why I hardly post recipes, I usually eat boring, simple stuff. Topped this combo with some salsa and nutritional yeast and it was delicious.
Cleaned up the house some more (always a work in progress) and put away this new sippy cup, glancing at the paper inside:
Also wrote this post reviewing a book I recently read.
9:00: Nathan gets home, showers, and makes something to eat before we watch an episode of the Sopranos from Netflix and go to bed about 11:00.
Just another day in the life, they are pretty good right now.