I always enjoy reading these kinds of posts from other bloggers that I follow, so I thought I’d share a little peek at what a typical day in the life looks like right now. I’ve had this post drafted for a few weeks and thought I better publish it before my typical day changes too much!
I have two work days a week with childcare, and those are Tuesdays and Thursdays. Otherwise I squeeze in what I can during nap times and sometimes work after the boys go to bed. While I could certainly stand to have more work time, I’m choosing not to in order to spend the majority of my time during the week with my boys!
So this peek at my day is not on a work day, and instead on a “mom” day.
6:30-7:00a I usually set an alarm but I’m sometimes woken up by David yelling “MOMMY DOMMY”. I have no idea why he calls me that but he’s been yelling that from his room for almost a year now. At this point Justin is already up and getting ready for work. And somehow Luke can sense the lack of sleep happening from the rest of us and typically wakes up a bit before 7:00.
7:00-7:45a I set the kids up with a bowl of Cheerios and their morning beverages (chocolate milk for David, apple juice + water for Luke) and turn on a show. Lately they’ve been loving Daniel Tiger or Curious George. I spend my time in the kitchen making myself a cup of coffee and sitting down to have a little quiet time with the Bible and this journal. I’ll quickly eat a small bowl of yogurt with granola and then get the kids dressed to head to boot camp.
8:00a We are in the van, heading to boot camp. I’ll give them a squeeze pouch of yogurt on the way for breakfast. Usually we already have something planned for after my work out, and that can range from errands to playdates to visiting the children’s museum. We stay really busy, which we all love. David asks which friends we are seeing almost every day.
9:30a I’m finished with my work out and pick the kids up from the childcare center at my gym. And we’ll head out to the next activity. I usually offer them a granola bar or something to hold them over until lunch since breakfast is light on these days.
11:45a-12:00p We are typically back home and I’m getting ready to make lunch. The boys will usually play in the playroom while I’m doing this, or play outside on the porch. We eat lunch around 12:30 and then spend the next hour playing until nap time/rest time. This is when I’ll catch up on laundry or clean up the house a bit.
1:30p Luke goes down for a nap and David gets into his crib for some quiet time. Luke will usually sleep for about 1.5 hours and David lasts anywhere from 10 minutes to 30 minutes in his crib reading his books. I try to leave him in there for at least 15 minutes just to give him a little quiet, alone time. Then, when he’s finished, I’ll get him up and we’ll find a low energy activity for him to work on. Lately he’s been loving play doh, and I also bought him a painting book that he’s really enjoyed. He’ll also have the option to watch the iPad during his time for about 30-45 minutes or so. I always use this time to check e-mail, scroll through comments and quickly answer what I can, and possibly post on social media.
3:00p Luke is up and David is wrapping up his quiet play time. Luke usually needs a nice long snuggle and about 5-10 minutes before he’s back to himself post-nap so I’ll hold him or set up him on the couch with a little tv show and a small snack. It’s cute, he’ll ask to watch a “little show” since I call it that!
3:30p At this time we usually head outside. The boys are definitely easier to tote around to errands in the morning, so I avoid errands in the afternoon. We’ll play in the backyard or ride bikes in the cul-d-sac.
4:45p If I’m cooking, I’ll start prepping dinner. The boys usually have energy to burn at this point so we’ll take the cushions off the couch and I’ll let them jump around on it. They have a lot of fun doing this.
5:00-5:30p Justin will wrap up work and we’ll eat dinner around 5:30p! I’m always happy to have him back home and the boys are usually out of their minds excited. It’s hard to get a word in edgewise since David and Luke are commanding all of his attention!
6:00p We’re done with dinner and will either head out for a family walk or just play downstairs. Justin is great about being really active with the boys, so there is usually some rough housing happening while I clean up the dishes. (In this case, I’m happy to be alone in the kitchen cleaning up in quiet 😉 )
6:45p It’s bath time! We bathe the boys together in the tub, and then have about 20 minutes or so of jumping and dancing and hysterical playing in the playroom upstairs. They love to run up and down the hall and trigger the light sensor from our smoke detector.
7:15p Either Justin or I will read Luke a book or two and then put him to bed. And whoever is not with Luke will start reading a few books to David. David is usually in bed by about 7:30p.
7:45-9:30p This is the sacred quiet time at the end of the day. Justin and I really don’t watch much TV, so we’ll sit in the family room and chat. There’s usually a bit more cleaning up or laundry, or pool maintenance, so we’ll get some of that stuff done and then head to bed around 9:00p!
While my life is the busiest it’s ever been, I’m also happier and more fulfilled than ever before.