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.
7:27 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.
5:45 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!