One thing I love about blogging/journaling is that in a year (or five years or twenty years), I can go back and read about our life and what it was like in the moment. I love capturing a day for what it is. I love that writing it down keeps it from getting lost among the thousands of days we live. With two kids instead of one, my days are so much busier and are over in the blink of an eye. I want to be able to look back and really remember what our days are like.
Here is one: a typical, good day for us around here.
At least one kid is awake, usually Penelope. Jonah is not far behind. Some days I think they must have walkie-talkies and plan waking up just minutes apart. No break for mommy in the morning. I’ve already been up at 4 or 5am with Penny, so when I hear cries again at 6am, I am already tired. Once Jonah is awake, I hear the typical “HEY MOMMY!” coming from his room. He won’t get out of bed on his own (thank you Lord), so I go in and get him up. We head straight to the couch for “T.B.” and Jonah gets to watch a couple of shows while he drinks his milk and eats a banana (yes, every day). I feed Penny and/or lay on the couch half asleep.
On a good day, the TV is turned off and we start playtime. If mommy is really slow-moving that morning, then Jonah gets a bonus show. Penny has been playing on her mat, talking to her toys and to me. She is ready for her morning nap. Once she is quiet, I join Jonah in the play room. I’m usually sipping on coffee at this point but still in pj’s. This time of the day is what we call “mommy-Jonah time”. He gets so excited about it. I always try to do a special art project or play with something messy (like play doh or rice). I can give him my full attention, which he absolutely loves, and he gets to do something that he chooses. It’s a great way to start our day off and makes sure he knows he is important.
Penny is up again from her nap. I get her dressed as well as Jonah and myself. (This is on a good day, remember? Not good days involve jammies til naptime.) If I have any errands to run, this is when we do them. I don’t like running errands in the afternoon. I am not a fan of traffic. This is also the happiest time of day for Penny, so she will do well getting in and out of her carseat. Some days, instead of errands, we will visit my grandparents. Jonah calls them Grandma and Grandpa. They really look forward to our visit and love helping me out by holding the baby and entertaining Jonah.
I like to be back at home by now. Penny will be ready for her nap. Jonah will start getting hungry and fussy. If we aren’t home by now, then I expect meltdowns. I get Penny to sleep, fix lunch for Jonah (and sometimes even myself), and get him prepped for “rest time.” I don’t get to call it nap time anymore but “rest time” seems to be just fine. We get a cup of milk, a stack of books, and (hopefully) one on one time together before his rest. He is usually asleep by 12:30 or 1:00 pm and will sleep until 2ish. Remember, this is a good day.
As any stay at home mom will tell you, rest/nap time is sacred. It is my one chance during my 14 hour work day to breathe, be alone, have quiet, and, oh yeah, get things done. I try my hardest to relax, nap, catch up on my blogs, or work on a project. I do NOT clean the house at this time or do other “chores”. I try to focus on keeping myself sane and happy, so the rest of the day goes well. I may prep dinner at this time, but that is rare.
Both kids are definitely up by now. Jonah may watch another show when he wakes up, or he will choose to have more art time. We play inside for a bit, and I try to figure out a plan for dinner. Lately that has been planning where we will go out to eat. On a good day, it will mean checking the status of whatever is in the crock pot. I like to head outside by 3:30 pm, and we try to stay out for at least an hour. Both kids LOVE being outside. We may play with the neighbors or with Jonah’s sensory table (sand, corn, etc). Other days, we may head to my mom’s for playtime over there, especially on long days when I am really tired.
We are back inside and putting the final touches on dinner. Penny is taking her third and final nap of the day. It is usually pretty short but ensures that I get to eat dinner and feed Jonah. After dinner we read Bible stories and then have more play time.
I’m usually getting pretty desperate around this time and start running out of fun things to do. BATH TIME! I hope for long, playful baths: first for Penny while Jonah plays at the sink and then for Jonah. This is all I can do to keep everybody happy and has really been working for me lately. Both kids get their last bit of energy out and it signals that bed time is near. We NEVER have issues about going to sleep. They are both tired and eager to wind down.
Quiet time. Penny is probably in bed and asleep. Jonah is in jammies and ready to read books. He is so tired by now. We read 3-4 books, say prayers, sing a song, and say goodnight. He talks/sings himself to sleep and is OUT by 7:30pm at the latest.
Now, the kids are asleep, but mommy is not quite done yet. This is when I clean up, do dishes, finish laundry, prep meals, shower, etc. I work until about 8:30 pm and then CRASH on the couch to catch up on shows, Facebook, or a regular book. I try to be in bed by 10:30 pm because Penny will be up around midnight to eat again. And then again at 4ish. Sleep is precious and well-deserved. It’s been a long but awesome day. I LOVE this job and wouldn’t trade it for the world!
So, that’s it! And just a side note. I am happily married and my husband is a wonderful father. I didn’t mention him in our routine because his work schedule is pretty crazy. Some days he is with us in the morning/afternoon. Some days he gets home for dinner. Some days he gets home super late. Some days he has to sleep in and work a night shift. He is always around at some point, and the kids love every second of it. Jonah especially loves his daddy time, and I love seeing them play together. I also love the extra set of hands!
Another quick note: I breastfeed exclusively, so Penny eats every few hours throughout the day. Just didn’t want anyone thinking I never feed my child.