I’ve never done a “day in the life” before, but I always love reading other blogger’s day in the life posts! I think it really gives a chance to show a peek into ‘real life’ – and it’s not all glamorous like one might assume based on perfectly curated Instagram posts. 🙂 This day in the life is actually from this past Friday – so without further ado, here we go!
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I’ve made it my mission to start waking up before the girls do to have a little quiet time. Some days it doesn’t work out if Blakely wakes up early for some reason, but most of the time, it allows me time to enjoy a cup of coffee, watch the Today Show and mentally prep for the day’s plans. I need this time and it really makes all the difference in getting my day started on the right foot!
Both of the girls wake up like clockwork. Well, Blair was probably already awake, but her OK to Wake! clock goes off at this time every morning. We make a quick trip to the potty and then she demands breakfast (always an applesauce pouch and a yogurt). After I get her breakfast, I get Blakely out of her crib and change her diaper and dress her. Then, I make her a yogurt (using this refillable pouch – love these!). By this time, Blair is done with her breakfast and she starts getting dressed. Her newest thing is picking out her own outfits, but I have to redirect her a few times since she tried to wear a short-sleeve shirt and it’s only 40 degrees outside!
Once the girls are ready, I rush around to eat a quick breakfast, put makeup on and get dressed. I pretty much always get myself ready last because once they’re awake, it’s just easier to give in to their needs first (aka demands!) so I can focus on getting ready uninterrupted. I quickly brew another cup of coffee and fill their water cups before we head out the door.
We got ready and in the car in record time to head to a playdate with a few of our friends! We almost always have food (brunch, lunch or snacks), so I grabbed a bag of plantain chips and hummus on my way out the door to share with everyone. Since we shop on Saturday morning, the fridge was a little bare, so I was glad we had something worth bringing along!
We arrive at our friend’s house and the girls spend time playing while the mamas catch up! Everyone in our playgroup has at least two kids now (I was actually the second out of six ladies to have 2+ kids), so I’m sure you can imagine things get crazy with multiple kids playing! At some point, we start eating lunch and Blakely eats almost all of my chili, while Blair won’t touch it. My sweet friend made Blair a plate of eggs and she ate all of them along with some strawberries. Such a picky eater – it’s always so funny to see how different Blair and Blakely’s personalities are! It starts to get close to nap time, so we begin heading out the door.
We drive home and I see Blakely start to fall asleep – which means she won’t nap when we get home since she doesn’t transfer well. Blair was wide awake most of the drive, but when we’re 10 minutes from home, her eyes shut. Too bad I just passed Starbucks…
I pull into the driveway and neither of them wake up, so I decide to sit there and let them sleep in the car – we desperately needed naptime and mama needed some peace and quiet! I really wish I had some coffee, but I’ll take the quiet time anyways. I catch up on some emails – I usually use their naptime to respond to any freelance email communication and also to actually complete projects – but since I didn’t have my laptop with me, I only replied to a few emails.
Michael arrives home – Blakely has her 18-month doctor appointment this afternoon, and we usually make it a family affair (let’s be real, mainly for my sanity). We both eat a little something (I’m still hungry since Blakely had eaten almost all of my lunch earlier) and the girls are hungry, too, so we heat up some bean and cheese quesadillas for them. We chat a bit and then get ready to head out the door again.
We’re in the car heading to Blakely’s appointment. Traffic was exceptionally bad on the highway this afternoon, but luckily we left early so we still got to the doctor’s office on time.
We’re sitting in the doctor’s office and forcing both girls to sit still and not touch anything – easier said than done, right?! I’m a self-professed germaphobe and with all the flu cases going around, I refuse to let Blair touch the elevator button, much less the toys at the doctor’s office (side note: I never understood why they have TOYS for sick kids to touch and sneeze on and pass germs to other kids at the DOCTOR’S office? Anyone else?). While we’re sitting there, we scrub down with hand sanitizer a few times just to be safe. #noshameinmygame
We struggle to entertain both girls during Blakely’s appointment while trying to get Blair to sit still and not touch anything. Ha! Blakely has hated the doctor from Day 1, so she screams when the nurse does her vitals and then the doctor comes in to do her checkup – we’ve gotten pretty used to it, but it’s still not fun! Then she has to get three shots – the worst part, always. But afterward, we get to go to Muddy’s for a treat – so there’s light at the end of the tunnel. 🙂
A little Muddy’s date – it’s our standing tradition…after every well visit, we always stop in to get the girls a cupcake or cookie for braving the doctor’s office. It happened to be insanely crowded (after all, it was the weekend before Valentine’s Day!), but the weather was nice, so we sat on a bench outside to enjoy our treats. I didn’t get anything this time, but my go-to is their Vegan Chocolate Peanut Butter Bar – so good!
Target run! Our favorite Target is near Muddy’s, so we went ahead and stopped by to grab a few essentials – Silk Almond Creamer, Blair’s yogurt, La Croix, and some Valentine candy for Blair’s friends at school. Next, we stop by Costco for a monthly trip to quickly grab coffee, frozen veggies, meat and applesauce for Blair. I also finally bite the bullet and buy almond flour for the first time. We usually use coconut flour, but a lot of Paleo recipes call for almond flour and I wanted to give it a try!
We head home. I have a bit more freelance work to do and we need to prep dinner and give baths so we can keep bedtime on track. We’ve been sticking hard to the girls’ bedtime routine – one of our goals this year – and we’ve done a decent job so far!
We’re home and I wrap up some work while Michael makes a homemade pizza for dinner. This week, for the first time, we’re actually making a Paleo pizza crust using the almond flour we got, so it takes a bit longer to prep. In the past, Friday night pizza was the meal I’d go ‘off track’ for – and not strictly follow my Whole30/Paleo diet preference (I’ve always used vegan cheese but we made a regular flour pizza crust). I really started to notice that eating flour made me feel lethargic and just not good, if that makes sense – which is why we tried this new recipe!
We sit down to eat dinner – everyone seems to approve of the new pizza crust, which is a win! Most nights are a battle trying to get Blair to eat what we cooked for dinner, but she happens to love pizza, so I was timid with introducing a ‘different’ type of pizza. So glad she didn’t notice the difference. We have some leftover Valentine heart cookies from the batch we sent to grandparents, so the girls each have one after dinner.
Bedtime routine! We do bathtime really quickly (as quickly as it can be with two uncooperative kids…ha), jammies, storytime and then take 103959438 requests from Blair (water, tissues, songs, etc.) before she finally decides to go to sleep. Blakely still nurses at night (I had to stop with Blair at 16 months because I was so sick and pregnant with Blakely, but I secretly love that Blakely isn’t done yet!) so we sit on the sofa and she ends up falling asleep in my arms, since she barely napped earlier in the day.
I can’t stand waking up to a messy kitchen, so I unload/load the dishwasher and wash pots and pans from dinner before I get too cozy on the sofa!
It’s been a super long day, so I go ahead and wash my face and change into PJs since the odds are good I’ll fall asleep watching the Olympics. #truth
Finally, we sit down to watch some of the Olympics opening ceremony and catch up on each other’s days. This was a particularly busy day for both of us – most days are a lot less eventful 🙂 At some point, I’m pretty sure I doze off – I often fall asleep in the corner of our sofa because it’s SO comfortable! And then at some point, after Michael plays video games for a little bit (he waits until I’m asleep because he’s a gentleman like that…ha), he wakes me up and I fall back asleep in bed.
Do you like day in the life posts? Let me know 🙂 I always love reading about other ladies’ days, even the most typical #momlife days!