Last Friday, I captured a day in the life with a 14 month old!
4:45am – Mazen wakes up crying. This isn’t typical since he usually sleeps 10-11 hours every night, but with daylight savings we’ve been thrown through a loop. I eventually go in to assess and find his PJs a bit wet from a leaking diaper (also not usual). I change him and put him back in his snuggly sleep sack and amazingly he goes back to sleep.
7:15am – I wake up in the middle of a vivid dream with my right hand completely asleep. I can’t believe it’s past 7 – Mazen usually wakes up at 5:45 to 6 these days. Wahoo for extra sleep!
7:17am – I swear we are still interconnected because M wakes up 2 minutes after I do. We nurse in bed and play under the covers for a bit before getting up and making the bed.
Mazen starts on breakfast right away – so fast I forget to take a picture. He had eggs, toast and banana.
My breakfast is two scrambled eggs, Apple Cobbler Bread and an orange. Plus decaf coffee!
We play around for a bit in the living room. I check up on emails and comments and M gets out his toys.
Mazen starts to chant “side” that he wants to go outside. It’s below freezing out there!
Costume changes for us both!
I tackle the breakfast dishes.
Meanwhile M gets fussy so I give him a few Chex to keep him busy until we are ready to get going.
Clean up crumbs from above Chex. I suck up all the crumbs at least twice a day!
I quickly put away the dishes and toys before we leave so the house is neat when we return.
We read a few books until it’s time to head outside.
9:00am We walk downtown to baby yoga at Bend! Mazen has fun singing songs and playing on the yoga balls. He here is rehydrating at the water fountain after his hard workout.
10:30am I decide to fit in a quick workout so we head to my gym. M gets a snack there in the kids kitchen, and I get my groove on with HGTV Magazine. 20 minutes on the Stairmaster is all I need to get in a good sweat since I am short on time.
We pass all the fun downtown restaurants on our walk home. I wish I had my wallet on me because picking up a hot lunch sounds delicious. But I only carry an emergency $5 for a cup of coffee in the stroller, so my pre-thought-out strategy not to splurge on lunch out works.
11:30am Lunch for M. He has frittata, sweet potato fries, and ravioli (all leftovers). Milk on the side.
Mom cries over spilled milk.
Five minute after beginning, he’s signing “all done.” He probably spoiled his appetite with a later-than-normal snack. Perfect mom I am not!
Off to play!
12p M signs he is hungry again and points to banana so he gets a few bites.
12:20p Naptime is looming. We read more books and I darken the room.
12:35p He dives into his crib and is fast asleep in less than 5 minutes.
1p Shower time for me! Followed by lunch. I have some Trader Joe’s pumpkin soup from a box (love it!) with yogurt on top, plus buttery toast, herby cheese and an apple. I eat with an episode of House Hunters, soaking up the relaxation.
1:30p Time to work. I am in the process of updating my media kit and format a guest post from an RD. I also clear out my inbox and work on getting the Great Harvest Thanksgiving menu up on the website.
2:45p Shocked that Mazen is still asleep….
3pm Awake! Snack time is cheese + whole wheat crackers. A few for me too.
3:15pm Our friends Sarah and Lucy come over to play. We spend our time in the backyard and the basement. It’s nice to chat adult talk while the kiddos play.
4:45pm Matt is home!!
5:30pm Karen comes over to say hi. Mazen has dinner – more of the same from lunch – followed by the eggplant parmesan that Karen and Matt share. He loves the eggplant! I am going out with a friend, so I just hang out while they eat and have a few tastes of Matt’s plate to tide me over.
6:30pm Bath! Matt usually does the bath while I clean the kitchen, but we reverse tonight. I give M a scrub down while Matt finishes eating and cleans up. Karen joins me for the bath and we try to get Mazen to say “KK.” He’s close – he can say “OK!”
7pm Now clean with jammies on, we take turns reading M some books before bed.
7:15pm We try to put M in his crib but he isn’t quite ready so we get him back up for another story.
7:20pm Naomi arrives and I give M and M each a kiss before I leave. Matt reports that Mazen went to bed 5 minutes after I left.
7:30pm Naomi and I have a great time at the Palette opening (from my weekend post!) and dinner at Pasture.
9:30pm I arrive back home, chat with Matt for a bit downstairs and clean up my inbox.
10pm I crawl right into bed. No reading tonight – I have no idea what time my day will start tomorrow!