Thursday, May 24, 2018

Day in the Life with a 3.5 year old and a newborn

Greetings as a mom of two! I intended to do another post during my pregnancy, but holy 3rd trimester! The end was no picnic and I had little energy, so needless to say a blog post didn't happen. Emmett was a good sport, and thank goodness for school days and play dates! I had a tough time being on my feet for more than 5 or 10 minutes at a time (I even resorted to doing my chopping, etc. for cooking sitting down at the table!). And part of the reason this time may have been harder is that I had a BIG baby! Meet my 10 pound, 2 ounce baby girl -- Adelaide!

My birthday buddy came into the world on April 17th. This girl is all rolls and cheeks and is sweet as can be. She loves to sleep and is already super into Emmett - and he loves her! He's been such a tender big brother, just as I had hoped.

So not only is this a day in the life, but it was my first day solo parenting these two all day while Luke headed back to work after 5 weeks of paternity leave. I got lucky, REALLY lucky, and know every day won't go this well.

7:45 a.m. I hear Luke in the shower. Emmett snuck into our room to wake him up at 7 and they had been downstairs chilling before Luke came up to shower. Adelaide is still snoozing, so I throw on clothes, grab clothes for the kiddos and head downstairs to have a cup of coffee and some breakfast. We don't have any oatmeal made and I don't feel like making a mess, so I have a mix of cereals, strawberries, blueberries and walnuts. Luke brings A down and I nurse her while he finishes getting ready for work.

8:50 a.m. We head outside to wave bye to Luke. E wants to play in the front yard and A is awake, so I put her in the baby carrier and we play for a bit.

9:15 a.m. I suggest a walk and E is all about it (which is NOT a given these days). I keep A in the carrier, and E grabs his balance bike. He takes me on one of the routes he and Luke have frequented these past few months on their bikes that I'd never been on with them. It was so fun having him lead the way! He is speedy on his bike, but did a good job of waiting for me or going back and forth. It was cooler than it has been out, but still muggy, so by the end of the 1.5 mile walk I am SWEATY!

10 a.m. I put A down and slice up some watermelon for us. Emmett LOVES watermelon and scarfs down 4 slices. I then take the world's fastest shower while A starts getting fussy.

10:20 a.m. I nurse A while E watches Llama Llama on Netflix - his new favorite show (along with Planet Earth II!). It's SO nice to finally have a break from Daniel Tiger after 2 YEARS :)

11 a.m. A nursed for a long time and is ready for a solid nap. We go meet his best friend Max at Jump Party USA and have a fun play date. The boys are well behaved (not a given) and I have fun catching up with Max's mom Anne and her baby Leo (A's future bf?!). While we're there, E has snacks and lunch so I don't have to worry about that later. I snack on apple slices and peanut butter balls. A sleeps through the whole thing!

1:25 p.m. We're home again and I manage to get E to head straight upstairs for nap time (yes, A is STILL asleep). After potty/brush teeth/book time, he says he's not tired, but proceeds to get in bed and fall asleep almost immediately. His naps have been ALL over the place, especially having Luke home the last few weeks, so this was super lucky.

1:45 p.m. I sprint downstairs to make myself a proper lunch (a girl can't live on peanut butter balls!). My friends brought use dinner the other night and included some of their AWESOME homemade sourdough bread, so I cut myself a thick slice, spread some butter and cooked it on the griddle. Then I topped it with apricot jam, arugula and a fried egg. I think of waking up A since I know she should eat, but do myself a solid and lay on the couch for 15 minutes with my eyes closed - not asleep, but a little restored at least!

2:20 p.m. A wakes up and we have a good nurse. I know if I try to put her down she'll be fussy, so we snuggle while she naps on me and I watch some TV (I'm guilt-binging Grey's Anatomy, which I stopped watch 10 years ago).

4 p.m. E is STILL asleep (NOT normal these days), so I go to wake him up. He sits down for some milk, strawberries and graham crackers while he watches more Llama Llama, and I nurse A. Then we play with her on the activity mat and build with magnet blocks. Benji will not be ignored :)

5 p.m. I throw baby A in a ring sling and we head to the backyard with big brother for some fun on the swing set. We eventually head to the front where we find an adorable baby gift from my cousin's family, and a big brother present for Emmett! He's been glued to the red truck they sent!
5:50 p.m. Hooray! Luke is home! We play in the front yard while dinner warms up. Since I was flying solo today, I dug into my stash of meals that I'd frozen and pulled out chili for dinner.

6:30 p.m We sit down to eat. Emmett loves chili (especially the Fritos that go with it ;) ) and we have a nice dinner. Then it's time for the boys to head outside to play. I nurse Adelaide inside and then rinse a few dishes while juggling a baby.

7:45 p.m. We head upstairs for tubby time a little late (oops!). E has a pair of mini kitchen tongs that are his favorite bathtub toy these days - he calls them his fish ;) It's been a few days since A's last bath, so we give her a bath in her whale tub on the counter. Then we all head to his room for jammies, brush teeth and book time. I read a few books, then Adelaide gets fussy, so she and I head off to get her jammies on and nurse while Luke finishes up bedtime with Emmett.

8:30 p.m. I think Adelaide is asleep after just 10 minutes of nursing, so I put her down and pump a bit. Well, turned out to be a fake out so I continue nursing and watching Grey's Anatomy. Luke and I were going to watch West World, but E's bedtime took a while and he needed to finish cleaning downstairs. Plus, we don't think A will stay up long, so we watch an episode of Brooklyn 9-9 while Luke finishes A off with a small bottle of pumped milk.

10:30 p.m. We finally get the lights out and go to sleep. It was a long night of nursing and I'm wiped! I luck out that she doesn't wake up until 3:30 which is a squirmy fake out and she doesn't actually need to nurse until 4:30 -- woot!

Thursday, January 11, 2018

A Day in the Life with a 3 Year Old (and 25 weeks pregnant)

Wow, we've had a busy winter so far! Emmett's birthday is December 11, so prep for having family come visit for that and hosting a 70 person park party was consuming (followed, of course, by Christmas). He LOVED his birthday this year (the cake, playing with his friends, and of course, presents).

My mom came for Christmas this year which was nice and gentle (except for a horrible cough E had been building up to that peaked Christmas eve. Gammy to the rescue with Vics vapor rub and a new humidifier. Did the trick - phew!) Later we spent a few days in San Antonio with Luke's family. It was super relaxing, and E always has a ball playing on their property.

E has been so fun to hang out with lately. Definitely some threenager tendancies people warn you about (so much why, no and major push back/control issues). But, he's so hilarious, and he's been REALLY lovey dovey lately (which might be due to the upcoming baby sister). Speaking of, one of his favorite Christmas gifts was a baby doll and stroller. We've been having fun taking her on walks to show her the hood, and E takes her everywhere (along with his longtime bestie, Monkey).

Finally, he's now in a big boy room with his new big boy bed! We found a cute trundle bed on Facebook Marketplace that needed a little love, so we painted in bright yellow. Emmett loves his sheets with cars, trucks, airplanes and helicopters.

7:30 a.m. Luke and I wake up and, shock of all shocks, we realize Emmett is still sleeping. Weird! He's usually up by 6:45/7. Luke capitalizes and jumps in the shower. A few minutes later we hear the garbage truck down the street and Luke sprints outside to take the cans out. Benji barks like mad which wakes Emmett up who runs down to say hi to our garbage man Sir Derek (and Benji gets out and runs around like mad for a minute.) I miss the insanity with a rare first-thing-in-the-morning shower.

7:50 a.m. I shuffle downstairs the the boys are making coffee, rinsing berries and picking out cereal. I had been craving pancakes, but due to the major sleep in we have an array of cereals, berries and nuts. I forgot to take a pic, but took one yesterday of Emmett scrambling eggs (one of his favorites!) and our bean/egg/avocado/cheese tacos. Yum!

8:15 a.m. We spent the next hour or so playing, getting dressed, cleaning up from breakfast, reading, coloring. Luke leaves for work around 8:30.

9:30 a.m. We hop in the car, snack cup of Goldfish in hand, and head to the YMCA for Emmett's first gymnastics class! We typically hike on Wednesdays, but cedar season has been particularly rough this year, and since I can't take the fun medicine due to pregnancy, I thought avoiding cedar-filled woods in January would be best.

10:00 a.m. We've checked in, removed shoes and wait for the teacher to arrive. Then, E gets nervous. Really nervous. He definitely has some anxiety in new situations where he won't know the other kids or teachers. The class is kind of a bust for him, he doesn't want to participate or engage with anyone. But, he does love playing on the equipment and I tried to keep an open dialogue with the teacher and have him watch what others were doing. He didn't want to leave at the end because he loved the equipment. So we will try again next week and I hope he'll get more comfortable. Sigh...

10:55 a.m. I let him tuck into some apple slices and we head towards the library to return books and pick out new ones. He's gotten way better at the library (no more ripping random books off the shelves). He goes to the table with magnetic puzzles and does some coloring while I pick a stack of books then flip through them to make sure they'll be Emmett-friendly.

11:30 a.m. I feel bad making him leave because he's enjoying himself, but I placed a to-go order from our new favorite Thai place so we could take lunch to Luke at work! To my delight, they let you pack a to-go salad bar box as part of the lunch special and have some epic looking dumplings and spring rolls on the bar - score!!

11:55 a.m. We arrive for lunch with dad! I'm starving and excited to eat. Unfortunately, my pad thai is a little spicy (normally Emmett likes to share with me), but he loves the dumplings and also has some banana and half a fig bar. Not exactly the lunch of champions but you win some, you lose some. Luke and I both polish off our food and some salad bar noms.

12:30 p.m. After a potty break, we hop in the car and go meet his bestie Max at the trampoline place. We wouldn't typically have a playdate this late, but since he slept in so late and we didn't go walk, I knew I'd need to burn some excess energy if he was going to take his normal nap. The jump dates are the best because the boys always have the place to themselves, run around like CRAZY, and we moms get to sit and chat.

1:50 p.m. We finally tear the boys away from the jumping place and head home. Luckily E accepts his cup of milk and we head upstairs to read books for nap time. After a tooth brushing and potty break, he goes down.

2:11 p.m. I head downstairs, grab a bag of peanut m&m's (current weakness along with blueberries) and start on this post. I respond to an email assignment from the Whole Foods blog team, and turn on an episode of Grace and Frankie (they're about to release a 4th season. I ignored it when the show came out, but my friend Meg recommended it and it's a hoot!). I also hop on Amazon to grab some gifts for some of my friends who have babies coming - fun shopping! :) I start feeling really tired so spend a few minutes with my eyes closed on the couch.

4:20 p.m. I don't want E's nap to cannibalize his sleep tonight, so I head upstairs to wake him up. He's all smiles and happy to see me. He asks to go downstairs to watch Daniel Tiger (duh) and I fix him a bowl of strawberries for a snack. He asks for seconds, then thirds (which I don't give into - need to make sure he'll eat dinner!). I lay with my eyes closed and also message a bit with my friend Christine in Tokyo.

5:15 p.m. I turn off the TV and convince him to potty and get dressed to go outside. We head to the garden to pick some greens, cilantro and radishes for dinner (it miraculously survived the multi day hard freeze without getting covered!). We play around in the backyard in the sand box, on the swing set and on the roller coaster ride my sister got him for his birthday.

5:55 p.m. I call Luke to see if he's coming home soon (he's usually home by 6 but he's busy this week) and he promises he's leaving soon. I run inside to season some salmon and get it started cooking, and I prep some veggies for the salad. Emmett wants to help with the salad so he whisks the dressing and tosses it together while I add ingredients. Spoiler alert, it was so good:

1 T honey
1 tsp red wine vinegar
Salt and pepper to taste
4 oz greens (we did a mix of spinach and some sort of lettuce green from the garden)
1/2 large avocado, chopped
1 radish, sliced
1/4 cucumber, sliced
1/2 shallot, sliced

6:15 p.m. Luke is home! We sit down to salmon with rosemary and honey, rice and broccoli for E, salad for the grownups. The boys add fancy furikake Christine brought back for us from Tokyo to their rice. Emmett asks for seconds on salmon (the smaller piece on my plate) and eats most of his broccoli too. Nice! He usually has two servings of veggies in a day so I'm feeling guilty he really only had one today.

6:45 p.m. We call dinner quits and all clean up. E has been into helping with the dishes, so the boys clean dishes while I put food away. I'm feeling tired again so sit on the couch. They come keep me company and Emmett plays driver and pretends to take us places like the zoo.

7:20 p.m. We head upstairs to start bedtime. After a few minutes of playtime, E picks some toys and hops in the tub. He and Luke hang out while I grab his jammies and a few books to read, then cruise Overdrive for a new ebook to borrow from the library. Emmett runs to snuggle with me in bed and we get him jammied up, then read. Then the guys go to brush teeth and potty and we meet in Emmett's room to read a last book and say goodnight.

8:15 p.m. Luke and I chill out on the couch and watch an episode of Madame Secretary and then The Good Place.

9:25 p.m. We head upstairs to get ready for bed. I start a new book but feel wiped out and pass out by 10.

Sunday, November 12, 2017

Day in the Life with an Almost 3 Year Old

It's been a few months - oops! Right after the last update, we learned we were expecting! First trimester tiredness made me more keen to nap during naptimes than blog, and we were pretty dull those months (both food-wise and activity wise). Luckily I'm now 16 weeks along and feeling much more like myself! Unfortunately I've been suffering some hip pain and am seeing a chiropractor, so have been trying to not walk TOO much and have been getting several lap swim sessions in each week at Gold's which is helping. My first trimester was filled with carbs, chicken, ceaser salad and apple juice. But the last few weeks, burgers have reigned king (I may or may not be on a first-name basis with the P. Terry's team by the chiropractor - yikes).

Other fun this fall included celebrating our 6th wedding anniversary. We also enjoyed a trip to Houston for our friend Shanna's wedding and fun with my family. Our friend Christine and her daughter Aurelia came to visit from Japan and stopped in Austin for a day - so great to catch up! And Luke's parents were kind enough to take Emmett to San Antonio for a day and took him to the zoo while Luke and I went to Wurstfest with our friends in New Braunfels and had lots of fun. We then headed to SA to stay the night and have some more family fun.

And of course, we enjoyed Halloween! Luke and I had a sitter one night to go to a party and had fun dressed up as a pregnant housewife and the milkman. For trick-or-treating, Emmett was Daniel Tiger (surprise surprise). He enjoyed trick-or-treating at our neighbors' houses and had no problem knocking on the door and saying trick-or-treat! We also went to a trunk-or-treat at his school's church but couldn't convince him to wear his costume. He and Luke already had flannel on, so we made a 5 minute family lumberjack costume - ha!

E's favorite phrases:
  • Ding Dong jokes (knock knock jokes actually - but he never has a punchline!)
  • I'm just being silly (usually as an excuse if he does something rude/naughty)
  • We can do thaaat! (when he's trying to be persuasive or plan our day for me)
  • Why? (all day, every day) 
  • Do I get to go to school today?
  • Do you have to go to work today? I'm sorry. (Said in a desolate voice. We always laugh about this since Luke likes his job and rarely complains).
He loves to sing and does it all the time. Mostly Daniel Tiger songs, songs he learns at school, or familiar song melodies with his own made-up words (which is something I always do and am kind of tickled pink that he does it too).

And here's a day in the life!

7:10 a.m. We hear footsteps and Emmett appears on Luke's side of the bed saying "my clock is green!" followed shortly by "I'm hungry." Ha! Luke pops out of bed, thankful to get to sleep past 7 and they head downstairs. I take a couple extra minutes to wake myself up and follow them. The OK to Wake clock has been awesome and I would say it works maybe 1/2 of the time (especially on mornings I can hear him fidgeting around in his bed waiting for the clock to turn green at 7.

7:30 a.m. We sit down to a breakfast of mixed cereals, pomegranate arils and pecans. I LOVE pomegranate season and enjoy it over Quaker Oat Squares - which is quite a change since I've not been feeling cereal this pregnancy. Emmett discovered he LOVES pomegranates and enjoys munching on them one-by-one and in his Greek yogurt and Cheerios. We easily polish off a whole pomegranate worth of arils.

8:00 a.m. Luke heads upstairs to shower and change for the day and Emmett goes to his play area for a bit while I tidy up from breakfast. I'm in the midst of getting him changed when Luke needs to leave for work, so for once we don't go to the front yard to wave goodbye to him. It's actually kind of nice because then I get a chance to tackle a few more morning routine chores instead of monitoring E in the front yard.

8:30 a.m. I spot the neighborhood guineas in our backyard! Such a treat, since they haven't been there since right after we moved in (due to Benji no doubt). E and I get excited and try to head back there without Benji noticing, but no luck. He jets past us and scares them up on to the fence/trees, but we have fun playing in the back on the swing set and sand box. E is happy so I run inside to get dressed.

9:15 a.m. We head out on a balance bike walk in the neighborhood. We had a playdate scheduled for 10, but my friend let me know she was running late so instead of a one-block walk we go for about a mile. He is SO fast on his bike now - he usually gets about 4 houses ahead of me and then has to wait for me to catch up! We cover just over a mile which is great since we're doing the Hike It Baby 30 challenge and we could use a few more miles!

10:05 a.m. We get home and quickly throw snacks in a backpack and head to Catch Air. E snacks on some animal crackers in the car and I snag a few. It's SO GOOD to see my friend Rachel and her daughter Amity - they're just 3 weeks apart and have been pals since they were tiny babies. Rachel's family has been living in Utah this fall so it's been a while since we've seen them. The kids have fun playing and we get to catch up a bit. It turns out to be Catch Air's 2 year anniversary so they have a clown doing balloon animals and free donuts (yum! E and I split one). He doesn't know what to make of the balloon animals and kind of just wants a regular balloon. He won't tell her what he wants so she gives him a little doggie that he loves (Amity gets a huge octopus which is SO cool and all the kids are obsessed with it). They also each get a regular balloon that E won't let he hold or tie down, and of course it flies away within 2 minutes and he loses it. *sigh*

12:20 p.m. We head towards Phil's Icehouse to continue the playdate fun with burgers (a corndog for E!) and a great outdoor playground.

1:30 p.m. It's time to say goodbye and head home for naptime. I let E watch Daniel Tiger in the car to make sure he stays awake.

1:45 p.m. We do a quick naptime routine of milk and 3 (short) books, brush teeth and potty. Then he sprints to his room and jumps on his lamb rug, gets piled up with blankets and says bye.

2:10 p.m. I'm exhausted from our morning of fun but decide against a nap so as not to mess with my sleep tonight. I lay down on the couch and turn on Victoria season one and work on this post. Lucky I don't have any pressing chores to tackle today, because I don't get anything else done... oops!

3:45 p.m. He's up! Usually he's good for a good 2 - 2 1/2 hours, but not today. Not to worry. He comes downstairs and enjoys a bowl of strawberries and an episode of Daniel Tiger.

4:30 p.m. After getting packed up and ready, we hop in the car to head to In.gredients for a Hike It Baby happy hour! He munches on dried okra on the way.

5:00 p.m. It's fun to catch up with friends and play on the new play structure they have! Eventually I go inside to order and get us two stuffed pretzels - one margharita style and the other fig and chevre. He pretty much only eats the plain pretzel part, so I'm glad he at least had a healthy snack! Can't win 'em all.

7:00 p.m. We say goodbye and head home.

7:20 p.m. Back home and so happy to see daddy! We usually see him for lunch and/or dinner, so this was a rare day. We happily play upstairs (hide and seek is a favorite, as well as running around like crazy with Luke).

7:40 p.m. We finally get E in the bathtub a bit late. Luke and I are enjoying catching up on the day and let him play with his tub toys a bit long, and he's mad to have to stop playing to get scrubbed up.

7:55 p.m. I go lay in bed so Luke can carry him in all wrapped up in his hooded towel to snuggle with mommy - a new tradition born from my super tired first trimester days when I'd mouthbreathe while they did tubby time. We get him in jammies and read a couple books in bed, then it's off to brush teeth and go potty. One more book in his bed!

8:20 p.m. A late-ish bedtime for E, but that's alright. Luke and I hang out in the kitchen cleaning up dishes from breakfast (oops!) and making grilled cheese and apple slices for his dinner (and my second dinner - no judging!). We curl up on the couch to catch a couple episodes of season two of The Good Place (how good is that show?! We love it).

9:30 p.m. We head upstairs. I read for a few minutes and zonk out at 10.