Wednesday, August 2, 2017

Day in the Life with a 2 1/2 Year Old - Part 3

We are over the summer hump! Just a month til preschool starts and I think we'll survive :)

E is still on the move, but with new toys! He's finally tall enough to use the balance bike he got for Christmas, though he's definitely not a whiz at it yet. He also had fun using scooters at his friends' houses, so when a neighbor was giving one away, I jumped at it!

Our friends offered us a 90's era swingset that had never been used, or even assembled, so we happily took it off their hands and have been having fun swinging, sliding and hanging! Other outside favorites are playing catch (he can actually catch now - rock on!) and digging with his shovel in the now-empty flowerbeds.

We've had fun playdates with friends at pools, splash pads, baseball games, birthday parties, and of course, hikes. The baseball game was a bust since E didn't understand why they wouldn't stop playing so he could go play on the field - sigh. And then there was the home run that pegged me in the leg which left me with a wicked bruise for a couple weeks.

We had a wonderful visit from my friend Christine and her 21 month old daughter. They're from Houston but have been living in Tokyo for her husbands work, so we were thrilled to enjoy 4 days with them. Emmett LOVED her daughter and they played together REALLY well.

Luke had a long business trip at the end of the month, but we enjoyed a visit from his mom to help out, and then E and I headed to Houston to spend some time with my family. Luke met us there and we all headed to the beach for the weekend! E loved the beach so much, and the condo we always stay at has a fantastic pool, lazy river and water slide (which he stoutly refused to ride until the very end of the day). He and Ben had a slumber party every night with side-by-side toddler inflatable mattresses (ours is like this), and they slept wonderfully every night.

7:01 a.m. Up and at 'em with Emmett calling for Luke to come greet him in bed. My sister thought it was funny he waits for us. Every morning Ben would try to get him to get out of bed but Emmett refused until a grown up came to get him.

7:30 a.m. Breakfast time! I offered Emmett a choice between cereal or toast and eggs (a new development, he's enjoyed eggs like 5 times in the past week!) and he says he wants Life cereal. Easy peasy!

7:45 a.m. All done. He carries his bowl to the kitchen - his new after meal chore - and then asks to go out front. Luke takes him and I get dressed and tidy up the breakfast dishes. We trade off keeping an eye on E while getting ourselves ready for the day, then E and I bid Luke farewell for the morning.

8:45 a.m. We pile in the car and drive to the Hike It Baby hike we're hosting at Great Hills Park Trails. The "cool" forecast for the week has made this hike a popular one - 10 families show up! An impressive feat for an August in Texas hike, right?

9:30 a.m. After some playground time we set off on the moderately challenging toddler hike. It's a bit technical in a few spots, but the toddlers manage it well enough (although I end up carrying E in the Onya for the last 1/3 mile). My friend even braves it with her 17 month old twins! Unfortunately a plucky squirrel ate through the zipper of my backpack at a park last week to steal our snacks (UGH! I was SO MAD!), so I'm using the less nice backpack. Bonus is that with no back padding, my ice-cold camelbak keeps me cool on the hike :) E eats an applesauce pouch and some Goldfish along the way and then we share a GIANT peach when we get back - he eats most of it.

11:40 a.m. We bid farewell to our friends and head home. He has a few minutes left of his Daniel Tiger episode from the car, so I let him watch while I dash up for a quick shower. He declares he's hungry, so I call Luke home and warm up lunch.

12:15 p.m. Lunchtime! On the menu is leftover rosemary honey salmon, rice, green beans and some rotisserie chicken. E is hungry today despite the snacks and cleans his plate along with some blueberries. The boys enjoy a few minutes of playtime (puzzles are all the rage now!).

12:40 p.m. We say bye to Luke again and head to the backyard to play on the swing set. We eventually end up in the front yard to play catch and pretend cook (he picks leaves off an ugly bush and calls them different fruits or veggies). We head inside and snuggle on the couch to read a few books. He's looking tired, so I offer him some milk to go upstairs and get ready for a nap.

1:20 p.m. It's a little early, but we easily read a few books, then go potty, and snuggle up on the lamb rug with his new favorite stuffed animal, a penguin from my Whole Foods colleagues from when I was pregnant.

1:30 p.m. I head downstairs to start on this post and relax a bit.Then it's time to tackle a few adult chores (like making the final payment for my car - woohoo!).

3:08 p.m. Emmett wakes up earlier than usual from his nap. I'm a bit at a loss since he usually goes down a little bit later but sleeps until 4:15/30ish these days. I let him watch some Daniel snuggled up with his penguin and a bowl full of strawberries while I pull together dinner. I usually do that during nap, but I ran outta time today! I already made a sesame peanut sauce, so I boil some buckwheat noodles, slice some cucumbers, shred a carrot and marinade some mushrooms in soy sauce and sesame oil. Then I rinse the noodles in cool water and toss with the veggies, sauce and some rotisserie chicken I shredded yesterday. Put it in the fridge and we're good to go for dinner!

4:20 p.m. My friend Aubrie and her son and newborn daughter come over for an impromptu playdate. The baby sleeps the time away while the little boys play bubbles and lawnmower in the backyard. Aubrie and I have fun chatting (albeit disjointedly - life with toddlers!).

5:30 p.m. Luke is home! He's got another work trip this week, so he's been coming home a little early this week for more family time. We all chat for a minute, then Aubrie heads home. We play ball in the front yard and chat about the day.

6:00 p.m. Dinner time! Luckily E agrees to wash hands without a fight (which has not always been the case lately...) and we sit down to eat. He says the spaghetti tastes funny (he's been obsessed with spaghetti and meat sauce lately so this was probably a little too different), but he eats plenty of chicken and does have a few bites of the noodles and cucumber.

6:20 p.m. We horse around a bit more, and E asks to see airplane photos on Luke's phone (a thing ever since Luke's last trip, it can get out of control sometimes, ugh...).

6:40 p.m. I wave goodbye to the guys and head to Body Jam. We just finished 3 weeks of the same routine (which we do for every launch), so I was excited to mix things up and do some old favorites! Nicole has an awesome mix and we have a blast as usual. One of the jammers made some fun shirts for us, so a few of us had to model them selfie style ;)

8:20 p.m. I say hello to Luke and hop in the shower for the second time today. Then I surprise both of us by asking him to make me an Old Fashioned. I've never been a dark liquor person, but Luke and Christine made some the other week and I was intrigued. We watered mine down just a bit and I loved it! Feel like I put on my big girl pants haha. We turn on the latest Game of Thrones episode and totally dig it.

10:00 p.m. Oops, kind of a late evening downstairs. We head upstairs to get ready for bed and turn the lights out without reading (a rarity these days).

Thursday, July 6, 2017

Day in the Life - 2 1/2 Year Old Part 2

Posting this one a little late because we had a BUSY June (we were out of town 4 weekends)! July looks to be almost as hectic, but at least we'll be home more.

We enjoyed a trip to Frisco (north Dallas) for my youngest cousin's high school graduation. My aunt has a lovely large home and was able to squeeze in our family, my sister's family and my uncle in addition to her own family, so we had a fun, family-packed weekend! It was surprisingly cold due to some storms, but the toddlers still insisted on swimming in her pool (we made the dads join them while the moms stayed nice and dry inside haha).

We enjoyed TWO family reunions - one at Lake LBJ for my father-in-law's extended family that we've done the past two years. It's always super chill, and E LOVED looking at the lake and swimming in the pool (I think we spent 4 hours in the pool spread out over 3 visits in one day!).

And we enjoyed spending time with my mother-in-law's extended family in downtown San Antonio for another weekend. We stayed at the historic Menger hotel (built in 1859!) right next to the Alamo. We loved the historic grace of the hotel, not to mention the pool :D And Emmett LOVED the Riverwalk. We tried bribing him to stay at the table with the tablet (for the first time ever) but not even Daniel Tiger could hold his interest.

And this past weekend, we dropped him back off in San Antonio for a fun-filled long weekend with grandma and papa while Luke and I headed south to Corpus Christi for a weekend with his best friend Mike and his wife Aubrey. We had a ball at the beach, in their backyard pool, at the movies and just chilling. It was Luke's birthday and I can safely say he lived it to the max :)

Somewhere in the middle of all that was a lovely chill Father's Day weekend at home that involved hiking and swimming and grilling! We also had a sitter one night so we could go to dinner and see the Pirates of Penzance at a theater in our neighborhood.

If you haven't noticed, the common thread here is SWIMMING. E took 2 weeks of lessons in early June through the city at a cool pool with his two besties from preschool. He LOVED it and had no problem jumping in, completely submerged, over and over and over. Fear of the water isn't a problem here, it's making sure he doesn't try to jump in when I'm not watching! Luckily I've convinced him to wear a puddle jumper for some extra support, and I don't take my eyes off him either :)

Another big change is that Luke finally convinced me to let him take the crib rail off Emmett's bed and make it a big boy bed! It's been an... OK transition. He's been drawing out bedtimes later and been a bit more challenging. THis month's sayings are "I can do it, I can," "No thanks, maybe later," "You want to ______ with me?" and "wait here, I'll be right back."

And now... a day in the life!

6:17 a.m. We hear Emmett calling for us earlier than usual. Ugh! Luckily Luke is amazing and goes to grab him and they head downstairs to play. Luke comes back up at 7 with a cup of coffee to wake me up - amaaaazing. He jumps in the shower and I go to greet Emmett for some early hugs then get started on breakfast. We haven't been to the store yet since we just got back in town yesterday evening, so I rummage to pull together something tasty. Toasted whole wheat English muffins with Confituras peach preserves, sharp cheddar and fried eggs - not bad! The muffins are kind of dry, but the toppings make up for it! We also share a plum Luke's mom sent us home with yesterday - SO sweet and juicy. E has a muffin with jam and a couple small strawberries from the garden.

7:30 a.m. We're finish with breakfast and E wants to head to the backyard. We play for a while, water the grass, pick some tomatoes and have a good time.

8:15 a.m. We wave goodbye to Luke and hang out in the front yard with Benji. It's trash day, so E brings his garbage truck to the front to play. We see TWO garbage trucks on our street and he's SO excited. Then, to make it better, one of the drivers stops and gives E a quick tour of the truck! He offers to let him honk the horn, but E doesn't love loud sounds so he declines. It was such a fun treat though :) Then the donut gang walks by (some of our retired neighbors who walk to the donut shop .75 miles away every Wednesday for a donut) and we chat with them for a bit. E loves them!

9:00 a.m. We hop in the car and head to Whole Foods Market for the week's provisions. E bee-lines to the Kids Club wagon for his complementary piece of fruit. He selects a clementine and hops in the cart while I peel it and he eats it. He's super excited to pick out this week's fruit and we get peaches (his current favorite!), plums, cherries, apples, strawberries AND blueberries. Oh man, we are keeping WFM in business ;) We hurry through the rest of our shopping since he's getting restless, then head back home. We share a plum, then E munches on a few pretzels and then snags an apple.

10:20 a.m. After putting away groceries and packing a picnic, I gather our summer outdoor gear and we hop back in the car. We're headed to Bailey Park Splash Pad to meet his preschool pal Max for some fun in the sun. He's so excited to see Max and the boys run to the splash pad and have it to themselves for a while. Unfortunately, it stops working after 15 minutes and won't turn back on. So, we head back to our cars and drive to Pease Park 5 minutes down the road to enjoy that splash pad! The boys love the splash pad and the playground. We enjoy our picnic (PB&J and carrots for me, cheese stick, peach and goldfish for him).

12:30 p.m. We finally hop in the car to head home, then play with cars and on the trampoline when we get back.

1:45 p.m. After some (strong) protestation, I carry E upstairs for his nap. I read him some books while he drinks milk, then he goes potty and we read one more book.

2:00 p.m. He's out! I head downstairs to troubleshoot some issues with my phone, which takes a little while. I pop some popcorn and enjoy it along with an old episode of Revenge. Then I plug away at a freelance project I'm working on for Whole Foods, and I get a head start on this post. Next it's time to tidy up a bit and prep dinner. I'm making the Momofuku Ginger Scallion Noodles and am soooo excited to try them. I marinade some bone-in chicken breasts with ginger, garlic, lime, soy sauce and sesame oil to go with it and prep some cauliflower florets in a foil packet to grill alongside it. Finally I fold some laundry and then head upstairs because...

4:40 p.m. Time to wake up Emmett! His sleep has been ALL over the board since our hotel stay in San Antonio - late nights, flip flopping between long naps and no nap. Sigh. Today was a good day! He pops right up and asks to watch Daniel Tiger together on the couch, and I happily oblige. We snuggle and watch it while he snacks on a bowl of frozen peas, and towards the end I go fire up the grill. Luke texted that he's coming home early (hooray!) so I can start cooking a little early.

5:15 p.m. Luke is home! I just put the chicken and cauliflower on the grill and the boys play inside and out while I do the cooking.

5:50 p.m. Dinner time! We all give this meal 2 thumbs up and clean our plates. Yum!

6:10 p.m. E wants to go upstairs and play beach (still a favorite, but not nightly, recurrence). I package up leftovers and head up after the boys and they are in full-on silly sprints carrying fake sand from the nightstand to the pile of pillows Emmett stacked up. We have lots of fun goofing around.

6:55 p.m. I change for Sh'bam and wave goodbye to the guys and head to the gym. I missed Body Jam Monday AND Tuesday due to being out of town and Independence Day, so I'm eager to get some exercise in.

7:15 p.m. The class is well-attended tonight and Katie picked some sweet jams. I have a total blast! Some of the Body Jam instructors arrived and planned to rehearse the new routine that launches next week, so some of us stay to dance with them. I really like it and am excited for launch, but holy 2 hours of cardio! I'm WIPED. But there's time for a super unflattering, sweaty post workout pic, because I forgot to include myself in any other photos from the day! Thanks Katie for teaching a great class :)

9:15 p.m. I leave the gym and head home. I download with Luke about bedtime (it went well! Luke turned out the light at 8:10 and E passed out by 8:40). I head to take a much needed shower and then climb in bed to read.

10:40 p.m. Oops, I can't put my book down! Lights out, but unfortunately my mind is still buzzing and I don't fall asleep until after 11...