Another addition to the series, sponsored by Navigating The Mothership! Good timing that it fell on Nathan’s 40th birthday, because I wanted to get lots of pics of this day anyway, and was tired of doing a day in the life of my same old “get up, take care of kids, go somewhere entertaining, come home, lunch, naps, errands/gym, bedtime” routine.
Our ages today:
Jane: 3 years, 2 months
Me: 31.5 years, 16 weeks pregnant
7:50: Jane wakes up very late (happy birthday to both of us!). In the past few weeks wake up time has been sliding back from 7:30 to 6:45… anything before 7:00 is unacceptable to my body clock, so we’d been trying to tell her the night before to stay in bed as long as possible.
8:00: We do a quick egg hunt and opening of Easter basket from us, since she’ll be staying at my mom’s tonight and all day tomorrow.
Presents: Jellybeans (which she’d been asking for for weeks), ceramic train paint set, yellow flower ears (modeled by me), and plastic sparkly eggs, all from the $1 store.
8:15: Nathan goes back to bed (his birthday, so his turn to sleep in, of course!), I get Jane’s breakfast started. The usual, oatmeal with almond butter, ground flax, blueberries, and molasses.
8:35: Somehow the lid comes off Jane’s juice and spills all over the floor. I quickly move the dishes off her tray to clean up and she is crying and says in the most mournful voice, “Mama, can I have my oatmeal and juice again? … Can I start over?”.
9:00: I set her up with painting her new train while I drink my tea and clean up the kitchen.
9:25: Jane watches an episode of Super Why while I continue drinking tea and read an issue of Vegetarian Times.
9:55: I take a shower while Jane makes Easter cards for family we’ll see later today, but not tomorrow.
10:30: Start making pancakes for Daddy’s birthday breakfast.
11:30: Birthday boy is finally up and we eat!
12:30: Nathan goes to run a couple errands (I believe to Menards for something and then to the $1 store to buy his own birthday balloons for the party later, sorry hon! It was on the way and easier with no kid.) Jane and I go to check out a couple open houses in the neighborhood. We’re not looking to buy, but I just like looking at them and so does she.
1:30: Get home and have lunch (leftover lentil sloppy joes, mixed with frozen corn and peas for Jane.)
2:00: Naptime for Jane, rest time/golf watching/newspaper reading for Nathan and I.
3:30: End naptime.
4:00: Just about to go for a walk when it starts raining. Nathan lets Jane play on his longboard inside instead.
Here’s where my notes stop. Nathan and Jane ran to Cub for something, then came home and we all got ready to go to the party. Jane did some crazy dancing around and Nathan called her “Mary Katherine Gallagher” and “a slow motion Elaine Benes”. (Haha, do those references date us? I hope Jane can appreciate those characters when she’s older!)
For Nathan’s birthday we rented the game room at Grumpy’s in Roseville so we could hold our own bean bag tournament and the kids would have lots of room to run around without disturbing anyone. We left about 6:00, party started at 6:30.
The night went really fast, having so many people to talk to, a great mix of friends & family. It’s pleasantly surprising how little going without alcohol bothers me this pregnancy compared to last. Another weird observation, from both pregnancies, is that it’s hard for me to tell if other people have been drinking unless they are like, falling down drunk (which didn’t happen at this party!). Actually everyone went home by 11:30 which used to be about our party starting time. No complaints though, I’m very happy with my more mellow old person lifestyle.
We got home and watched something on tv to wind down, going to bed quite late for us these days, but no matter because we were kid free until Easter dinner the next evening!