Wednesday, April 27, 2016

Day in the Life - 16 Months

Houston, we have a runner! This little boy abounds with energy, and I'm doing my darndest to keep up. We're still outside all day every day, and that's ok by me (less to clean, right?!). Here's a day in the life with my 16 month old Emmett.

6:36 a.m. We hear Emmett awake. We lay there a good 10 minutes mustering the energy to grab him, mostly because he's kind of playing in his crib and not just fussing. Luke goes to grab him and brings him to bed. He snuggles for all of 1 minute and then demands to get down. He runs around grabbing shoes and bringing them to me in bed, and then finds Gaston and brings it to me to read. Luke gets ready for work.

7:00 a.m. The guys head downstairs and I check the weather, then get dressed for the day. I head down and discover Luke changed E's dirty diaper (he's the best) and made coffee. Emmett runs around playing while we make breakfast. I'm still loving my PB&J overnight oats, so I make myself a bowl and top it with strawberries and blackberries. Emmett has Chex "soldiers" (I dunk them in Greek yogurt and stand them up on his tray - the top is clean for his hands to grab). I also make him a sausage and cut up strawberries. He's mostly into the cereal this morning and eats like 3 times what we originally poured, but Luke and I get to eat most of his sausage and strawberries (each day is different though).

7:35 a.m. Breakfast over! Emmett plays in his play area. He wasn't digging the play yard so we disconnected it from being an octagon and just used it to rope off half the room for a fun spot and be able to close the gate so Benji doesn't get tempted. Luke and I clean up and take turns running up to finish getting ready. E takes a few turns down his slide (yes, it's in the living room, and yes, that's a new rug! You can ignore the mess :) )

8:10 a.m. We wave goodbye to Dada. I get E dressed and we head out on a toddler led walk in the neighborhood. He grabs my hand to go across the street and runs to point out the bird on our neighbor's address marker. We walk a ways to the Guinea house one street over - he notices they just touched up the sign and has fun playing peek-a-boo with me around it. Then he jumps on the stones lining their landscaping and practices his balance (we know them so it's slightly less awkward that we camp out in front of their house for like 15 minutes most days). He heads a little way longer then surprisingly asks me to pick him up and carry him home.

9:00 a.m. We're back home and I pack up the hiking carrier. I throw in some cuffins (mostly healthy cookies that are soft and fluffy like the top of a muffin - recipe to come!) and diced mango and a change of clothes. I give him a small bottle of milk since he didn't get one when he woke up and then we head towards the hike. He falls asleep RIGHT before we get there so I let him sleep in a car a few minutes.

10:00 a.m. Time for the hike we're leading at St. Edward's Trail. I love this trail! We do the summit side because I wanted some challenging elevation, and luckily the other moms were on board. We have a fun, small group for this Hike It Baby hike, and for the first time, Emmett is the oldest kid there - by one month ;) We have a blast hiking, see a waterfall and work up a serious sweat hiking. The kids are super content so we don't have to stop. We get back to a gentle picnic table and snack - E loves using the spork to feed himself mango. He drops like half of the pieces, but I happily eat them myself. Then most of the gals head home and another mom and her son let Emmett lead us to some water. It's a little muddy and I attempt to have him just hang out near it, but we both end up wading in and he loves it. Hey, raise a wild child right?? We eventually head back to the car on foot, but E gets into tantrum mode and gets super dirty sitting in the dirt while he's wet. I eventually get him back and towel him off/use baby wipes on him and put him in some fresh clothes. All set!

12:25 p.m. We give Dada a call and then drive home. I warm up lunch and Luke arrives home, right as I discover Emmett had a dirty diaper and was playing in Benji's water bowl - *face palm*

1:00 p.m. Lunch time! On the menu is whole wheat spaghetti with garlic herb chicken, roasted tomatoes, broccoli, arugula and parm. Emmett enjoys spaghetti, peas, broccoli and some local loquats. I high five myself for planning ahead and making this Sunday, since I knew Sunday and Monday night dinners wouldn't provide leftovers for lunch, which is what we usually do. E pounds his spaghetti and eats some peas and a little broccoli. He's not feeling the loquats, but Luke and I are happy to eat them :)

1:20 p.m. We say bye to Luke and head upstairs to have milk, then I read him 3 books and put him down for a nap. I take a much needed shower.

1:50 p.m. E falls asleep after playing in his crib for a good 15 minutes. I head downstairs and grab a handful of chocolate covered almonds and hop on the computer. I log miles for the Hike It Baby 30 Challenge (we hit 100 miles earlier this week - woohoo! I was a bit surprised by that since I was out of commission a few days with a stomach bug and a little lame after that, plus it rained a fair bit. But, Luke got in a good 3 miles both days I was sick and even went on a HIB hike - I was so proud of him!). I'm feeling a little distracted so I jump between working on this post and working on a blog post for Whole Foods about wine (yum!). Then I eat a chocolate chip pecan cookie, because I can :)

3:05 p.m. I work on my registration and training to become a branch lead for Hike It Baby. I was so honored with the three gals who lead the Austin chapter asked me to join their team (it's a volunteer position), and after thinking it over for a day, I agreed! I love this organization and have really enjoyed getting to know people, testing my limits, leading a recurring hike every week and pop up hikes when I'm in the mood! I can't wait to get even more involved in this leadership position, and I'm only a little bit nervous.

3:20 p.m. I finally get around to cleaning up the kitchen from lunch. Then, I start dinner prep. I chop up some sweet potatoes and steam then mash them with some fresh herbs and a little pat of butter. And, I cut up some cauliflower florets and toss with avocado oil and herbs de provence and roast them. And, I make a quick kale salad with a dressing of Dijon mustard, honey, olive oil and red wine vinegar. I already pulled the meat off of a rotisserie chicken yesterday and refrigerated it, so another high five to myself. I go out to the garden and throw some winter squash and watermelon seeds in the ground and give it a good watering. Back on the couch for more blog work! I don't take any pictures during all of nap time - oops!

4:53 p.m. I hear chirping, Emmett is awake! His naps have been all over the board in length lately, so I'm totally thrilled to get a full 3 hours to be productive and rest my legs on the couch. I go to his room and he's in a great mood and ready to party. After playing peek-a-boo with his blankie for a minute and tossing stuffed animals around, we read a few books then head downstairs. He starts racing around the house in circles - this boy has ENERGY! I manage to change his diaper and put on his socks and shoes. He grabs Benji's leash - time for a walk!

5:10 p.m. We head out for a toddler led walk. Luke texts me to let me know he's heading home - score! He's early! I let him know we're heading out at toddler pace and which direction so he can meet us up, which he does in about 15 minutes. We enjoy strolling along the greenbelt in our neighborhood and Emmett enjoys seeing lots of dogs, pointing at the flowing water in the creek, off-roading in the grass and walking along a fallen tree with Dad's help. He shows us he now knows how to walk backwards (?!??!) and runs in tight circles. We realize it's already 6 (dinner time - oops!) so we encourage him to turn around and eventually pick him up to make it back in a timely manner.

6:20 p.m. High fiving myself for having everything cooked. I quickly warm things up while the boys wash hands, then we sit down to eat. Emmett LOVES the cauliflower (who knew?!) so he eats like 4x what I gave him initially. He also loves his rice (duh) and playing with the spoon (but NOT the sweet potatoes). I enjoy a nice glass of rose with dinner ;)

6:50 p.m. Play time! There's a lot of crumbs/junk that found themselves into the play area, so Luke grabs the broom. Emmett immediately fixates on it and spends the last 10 minutes "sweeping" the room.

7:15 p.m. We head upstairs for bedtime. First up is the tubby. E enjoys playing with this bath letters and pouring water with cups, then he points to his soap - it's time to scrub! It ends up being a short back because we're done less than 10 minutes later. Time for jammies and a bottle. I sneak downstairs to respond to a few emails while the guys read books. He's super into Dr. Seuss this month. They brush teeth and then I pop up to join in the goodnight book fun.

7:50 p.m. Lights out for E! Luke does a few things on his computer and then joins me downstairs. We visit a bit more and then turn on the latest episode of Castle and each enjoy a little dish of the latest seasonal flavor from Lick - lavender crisp ice cream!

9:10 p.m. It's early, but we head upstairs to get ready for bed and read. I'm so tired, I pass out by 9:30. Good thing since E is up by 6:30 the next day.

Never a dull moment! :)

Wednesday, March 30, 2016

Day in the Life- 15 Months

We're in a good spot with sweet toddler Emmett right now. He's now fully walking on his own and even doing some running! Sleep is going really well for us (right now at least), so no complaints! Of course, I realize that's always subject to change...We had a wonderful Easter in San Antonio with some of Luke's family. A few snapshots:

Here's a day in our lives right now:

6:42 a.m. - Emmett is up! I hear him babbling/fussing in his crib so I roll out of bed to go grab him. I intend to bring him back to bed and nurse him like I do every morning, but he dives out of my arm and starts flipping through books. He's ready to read and play! Tricky since I don't have my glasses on, but I manage to read him a book and then sneak off to grab my glasses. Luke and I both quickly get ready for the day and I grab Emmett's outfit.

7:10 a.m. - We head downstairs. Emmett has a dirty diaper so Luke changes it while I juggle making coffee, starting breakfast and putting away clean dishes from the drying rack. Emmett alternates between playing with toys and checking on our progress in the kitchen.

7:27 a.m. - Time to eat! Luke and I enjoy some 9 grain Easy Tiger toast with fried eggs (farm fresh from one of his coworkers who has chickens!) and fruit. And of course coffee :) Emmett has toast, an Applegate Farms breakfast sausage, strawberries and grapes.


He finishes the sausage and grapes and eats half of the strawberries (not as good as the last batch that he pounded 8 of in one sitting) and the toast. He also sucks down about half a homemade pouch of Greek yogurt mixed with pureed sweet potatoes.

7:47 a.m. - Done! We offer him a sippy cup (!!!! instead of a bottle!) of milk and he enjoys walking around drinking it. Maybe 2 ounces, nice! We clear the table and clean up while he plays.

8:15 a.m. - Luke heads off to work and we head out front to walk. Emmett enjoys doing the rounds in the mornings which means going up and down our neighbors' driveways - the steep ones! - and looking for the guineas. And carrying a stick while he walks - like All. The. Time. He does about 3/4 of a blocks worth and I end up carrying him home about 1/2 blocks worth after he gets a little too excited throwing a neighbor's landscaping gravel around...

9:07 a.m. - I load up the car and we head out to a hike! I posted a last minute hike for Hike It Baby yesterday morning when I realized we'd have some nice weather. We meet up with 5 hiking friends at Balcones District Park. E enjoys playing on the playground while people show up. He eventually walks over to his hiking carrier and starts pointing at it and signing "more" - he's ready to hike!

I do the "Welcome Circle" including a plug for the upcoming Hike It Baby 30 Challenge for April (people are challenged to hike 30 miles in 30 days OR get outside 3 times a week for 30 minutes). This is our fourth challenge and we LOVE LOVE LOVE them. In January we did 113 miles which I don't think we'll hit this time, but I look forward to seeing how much ground E covers on his 2 feet, and seeing how many hikes I can lead to encourage even more families to get out and hike. I love that HIB is a free organization and you don't have to be a member - just show up and hike! These challenges are a way to fundraise and help keep it free, so I'm all over it.

9:40 a.m. - We're off! We cover 2 miles on the lovely trail, and E falls asleep for the last 10 minutes. As we get back to the playground there's a pretty patch of bluebonnets so we plop the kiddos down to take some pictures.

10:40 a.m. - Play time on the playground! Emmett and I share a Gold Nugget tangerine. I ate a zillion of these when I was pregnant with him - we both love them.

11:33 a.m. - We say goodbye to our friends and head home. We make a stop at Walgreens to grab some dishwashing gel and a prescription and call Luke to tell him to come home soon for lunch.

12:00 p.m. - Back home! I power chop some sweet potatoes and asparagus and throw them in the bamboo steamer and throw some Hot Dang burgers in a cast iron to warm up. Emmett wants to go outside, so once things are cooking we go play some more and wait for Luke.

12:30 p.m. - Dada's home! The three of us sit down to lunch which is good because E is getting tired and cranky. Luke and I enjoy a spinach arugula salad drizzled with honey, red wine vinegar and olive oil and topped with sweet potatoes, asparagus and feta cheese and a Hot Dang burger. Emmett has some leftover salmon (the first time we've ever had any. He usually scarfs ALL of it), brown rice, broccoli, edamame and grapes.

12:55 p.m. - After playing in the backyard with dada for a few minutes, we kiss him goodbye and we head upstairs. Emmett has 3 ounces of milk and then we read a few books, then I tell him "it's time for your nap! I'll see you when you wake up" and lay him down. He fusses for a minute but I'm able to leave while he's still awake. A new trend we've been working on the last week!

1:05 p.m. - Emmett's officially asleep. I jump in the shower, fold laundry and put fresh sheets on the guest room bed. My college friend Brittney is coming Friday night with her 6 month old Luke - fun! I head downstairs and finish tidying up the kitchen (Luke did a lot of quick cleaning before he left - he's the best) and then I sit down on the couch with the rest of the morning's coffee and a half a piece of biscotti. I work on a blog post about picnics for the Whole Foods blog, and then I work on this post.

3:02 p.m. - I hear him start to moan and assume he's up, but he pulled a fast one on me! I take it as a sign to hurry up and get dinner prepped, so I manage to prep and almost make the whole thing. Score!

3:42 p.m. - Ok he's up for real. I go up to grab him and he's in a great mood. He points at his puppy dog stuffed animal and I tell him it's a dog, and he replies "ruff!" We read Llama Llama Red Pajama (his latest obsession), put his shoes back on and head downstairs to say hi to Benji.

4:00 p.m. - We're off to the Toybrary to meet up with Rachel and Amity. Emmett loves it there even more now that he can walk and play with more toys. They happily play side by side. While there he gets a few peanut butter/oat/date balls for a snack and lots of water. After being there only 45 minutes, he loses his cool and I can't get him to calm down, so we say goodbye to our friends and head home.

5:20 p.m. - Back home and ready to play with toys! I get the water going to cook the udon noodles and warm up the stir fry while keeping an eye on Emmett and playing with him. He's having a blast playing with this toy he got for Easter from his Greats (great aunt and great grandma) that is a chicken that lays eggs while singing a silly song. But, he loves to throw the eggs around so then we have to go collect them and put them back before we can play again.

5:45 p.m. - Dada's home! Dinner is ready early so we sit down to eat. Luke and I love the chicken vegetable stir fry with udon noodles. Emmett is being picky (maybe his snack was too filling/late) so he enjoys slurping the udon noodles and eating some edamame, but that's about it.

6:02 p.m. - Dinner is finished. I send the boys out back to play and I quickly clear the dishes and clean the kitchen. I come out to see them playing in the garden. Emmett has a blast taking the little watering can over to the faucet and having Luke turn it on so he can fill it and go water things - all on his own!

6:20 p.m. - We put Emmett in the stroller and head out on a neighborhood walk. We run into our across the street neighbor Abby who snaps a family picture of us - fun! Note Luke's walking beer ;)

7:05 p.m. - We make it home and head straight upstairs to start E's bedtime routine. First up is a bath. He has a great time and it's kind of a long one, but that's ok. After jammies are put on, it's time for his bottle. I attempt to give him a much needed hair trim while Luke gives him the bottle, and it actually goes pretty well. He doesn't drink as much as he normally does, so I hope it wasn't because I was annoying him too much with the hair trim... Time for books, and then tooth brush. We read him his bedtime book and it's lights out. No tears!

7:55 p.m. - Kid is asleep! I come down to catch up on this post while Luke does a few things on his computer. Then we snuggle up and watch the first episode of season five of Mercy Street.

9:36 p.m. - Time to head upstairs to get ready for bed and do a little reading.

10:15 p.m. - Lights out!