Friday, June 3, 2016

Day in the Life - 17 Months

I'm reminded every day that Emmett is in a period of rapid growth - both physically and mentally. He's building up his words (bye bye, up and reese aka rice are current favorites) and getting a little too good at running and climbing ;)  Today is a good example of what happens we have go off-script. Luckily it doesn't happen often, but it really challenges me as a parent to remain flexible in a different way. I have no problem letting him "lead" me on toddler hikes or find his own way to play inside - I encourage it! - but I usually have a pretty good idea of how the day will go, and today is an example of outside forces that sometimes don't let me have my way.

6:15 a.m. - I hear Emmett, along with a massive thunderstorm! It's all up to me to grab him because Luke is sick, womp womp, and because Luke got up with him at 5:20 yesterday (luckily with the help of his mom who was in town to babysit Tuesday night) so it's definitely my turn. He's in a great mood so we go downstairs to play. I make coffee and get breakfast prepped. Emmett loves standing on his stool (my improvised learning tower) and watching me scramble eggs while munching on strawberries.

7:00 a.m. - We wake up dad then I turn on bread to toast and scramble eggs. We all sit down to eat at 7:15. I bought a different kind of yogurt - Strauss European style yogurt, and it's a little runnier than the Greek yogurt we usually get. Emmett doesn't seem to mind though and loves dunking his Chex in it and eating it with a spoon. He's not interested in toast or eggs though - glad he ate 4 strawberries during breakfast prep! Luke and I enjoy cranberry walnut toast, scrambled eggs, fruit, coffee and an Emergen-C cocktail (Emercen-C, OJ and water).

7:35 a.m. - We're done with breakfast. I clear the table while Emmett plays and Luke mouthbreathes while watching him, but that doesn't last long. E is anxious to go outside. It has stopped storming and is just lightly raining, so while Luke heads upstairs to shower/rest, E and I don rainboots and jackets. I was crossing my fingers that a Hike It Baby hike my friend Donna posted was going to happen, but she had to cancel due to the storms. We were going to the Woodland Faerie trails at the Zilker Botanical Gardens, and I was pumped to see Emmett toddling around. Hoping we can try again for next week!

8:00 a.m. - Time for a toddler walk. Emmett loves his Oakiwear rainboots and has fun looking for puddles. I end up having to pick him up several times since when we get on a busier road in our neighborhood, he keeps depending to get into the puddles in the street. A little stressful, but he loves when I hold him and pop open our big, colorful umbrella with border collies on it. I ordered it a few years ago after seeing it in Real Simple magazine and always love an excuse to use it!

8:48 a.m. - Back home! E enjoys dragging the watering can around noisily in the driveway for a few minutes, then we come to check on dad. It's my turn to shower and neti pot (my allergies are out of control since the mold count is high. I sound like a man and feel super run down, not great on a rainy day with a sick dada at home). Luke lets me have 20 minutes to rest in peace in bed while Emmett plays with his toys downstairs and visits his sand table in the back yard.

9:50 a.m. - Emmett and I head to Gymboree. We froze our membership this spring due to all the hiking, but since it's hot and steamy, we're back in full force. We've been hitting open gym almost every afternoon after his nap, and I'm thrilled that they're making the classes unlimited for the summer (it's usually 1/week). It's a BIG class due to the rain/open enrollment week, but that's fine by us. We have fun singing songs, climbing ramps, playing peek-a-boo, catching bubbles and doing parachute time. I can tell he's getting tired because he starts laying down on a map, and when class is over he's trying to push the door open and go outside, so no staying afterwards for a few minutes of play.

11:05 a.m. - We head home, and unfortunately he falls asleep for the last 3 minutes - a super weird nap time. I contemplate making him a quick bottle and putting him down for a super early nap (he usually naps around 1/1:30 due to a 15-20 minute catnap in the stroller, but he didn't catnap today due to no stroller nap). However, I show him watermelon and he perks up, so we sit down to a early lunch instead.

11:20 a.m. - Lunch is served! E chows down on 4 pieces of watermelon, some quinoa and grilled corn. Luke and I have salads with leftover grilled chile citrus chicken, corn, quinoa, mango, arugula and feta with a squeeze of lime and drizzle of olive oil.

11:35 a.m. - Emmett plays for a few minutes while I clean up from lunch (and breakfast too), then I change his diaper and we head upstairs for a bottle and nap.

12:15 p.m. - E is asleep. Even though I left him happily sitting up and playing in his crib, within 5 minutes he's snoozing. I climb in bed, set my alarm, and take a 1 hour nap myself. I wake up feeling rejuvinated, though still have allergy throat/voice. But an improvement! I warm up a second cup of coffee for the day and enjoy a leftover piece of homemade chocolate almond biscotti from the weekend (My sis and her family came to stay for Memorial Day. Her son Ben is a year older than Emmett, and they had a BALL playing together). I prep dinner, fold laundry, empty the dishwasher and work on this post.

2:58 p.m. - Emmett is awake. Since he's been going down later, I'm not used to him waking up at 3, but the weather is fine so I'm ready to deal. He's in a great mood (yay!) and we read a couple books upstairs, then we head downstairs and he hands Luke a couple books he wants him to read. We play inside and with the sand table again. He helps me pick our first bell pepper from the garden and tries to eat it ;)

3:40 p.m. - Time to hop in the stroller and head to the playground. It's BEAUTIFUL outside (mocking me with my allergies, I always get tempted to stay outside too long when I know I shouldn't...). I texted my neighborhood mom pals and Aubrie and her 11 month old son William meet us at the playground! E enjoys a graham cracker on the ride over and eats most of a pluot at the park. He has fun on the swing and playscape, but mostly running around the grounds.

5:08 p.m. - Oops, time got away from me! We head home and E and I share a few mini pretzels. I'm rocking my Garmin vivoactive on my shoe, since it doesn't count my steps accurately when I'm pushing the stroller. Works well!

6:10 p.m. - After I get home and warm up the food (thanks to Luke for chopping some kale and shredding the spaghetti!), it's time to eat. I'm bummed since I was supposed to go out for a girls dinner to celebrate my friend Karen's birthday, but Luke was feeling so crummy he didn't think he could handle dinner/evening shenanigans/bedtime by himself (which to his credit, this is the first time in E's life he's asked me to cancel plans). Oh well, my gal pals and I already got a makeup dinner on the calendar for a few weeks from now!
Emmett started on a watermelon appetizer. He's cutting some molars and was really hurting, so the cold fruit helped a bit. We enjoy spaghetti squash and vermicelli noodles tossed in a homemade coconut peanut sauce with carrots, kale and peanuts on top. E mostly enjoyed eating his sauce with a spoon, despite the bell pepper dippers I provided, and the vermicelli. Oh well...

6:30 p.m. - He's asking to go outside so we head out on a family walk so Benji can stretch his legs too. E has a blast running a lot of it.

7:05 p.m. - We get home and head up for tubby time. Then he rocks his evening bottle and we read some books. Then it's time to brush teeth (he actually does pretty well tonight and lets me brush them, and he actually drinks/spits some water). I read him his goodnight book and leave a happy boy in his crib!

7:45 p.m. - I finish cleaning up the kitchen from dinner and make some Throat Coat tea for me and Luke. Then, I finally pull the trigger on buying a Deuter Kid Comfort III hiking carrier. We've been sporting our current one for a year now, which we got used at a Fairytale Threads consignment sale. I've put tons of miles on it now and it's time for an upgrade. I can't wait for it to get here!! Then I work on this post.

8:45 p.m. - We watch the Mindy Project together. Man that show is so funny. I can definitely tell it's different now that it's a Hulu show, but I don't care. She's so funny :)

9:30 p.m. - We head upstairs to get ready for bed. It's been a long day of toddler entertaining when I wasn't 100% and I'm ready for bed.

10:00 p.m. - Lights out!

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! :)