Slice of life posts are my favorite! Obviously, because I wrote them for 5 yearsBut as the years went on, my posts omitted a lot of the mundane details of life. I especially love these posts written by moms – so I know what to look forward to or look back on with Mazen. [Note I’ve used some older photos so I didn’t have to re-take them all – hence the many outfit changes!]
6:22am – Mazen begins to stir. Matt has already left for work. I open the curtains in my room and then go to the nursery to get M. We go back to my bed to nurse and then snuggle a little. Lots of “Da Da Das” this morning. We make the bed together and then head back into the nursery for a diaper change. I can smell the coffeepot brewing in the kitchen, so we follow the aroma.
6:50am – I put M in his high chair with some toys and start working on breakfast. Yogurt with applesauce for him and eggs with toast and fruit for me – plus coffee! We eat together, alternating bites, and listen to Z-95’s Impossible Trivia on the radio.
7:30am – After cleaning up the breakfast dishes and washing out the coffeepot, we head downstairs for play time. Mazen plays in his jumpy seat and on the rug with his toys. Mama watches Call The Midwife. Since our TV is quite secluded, this is our only TV time all day. Cloth diapers go into the washing machine!
8:30am – M starts to get fussy, so we head back upstairs to wind down before morning nap. Diaper change, nurse, sometimes a book. I put him in his crib around 8:50 and he’s asleep by 8:55.
9:00am– Work time for me. I tidy up anything that needs it around the house (cloth diapers go into the dryer) and sit down at my computer. I try to remember to fill up my water bottle! I empty my inbox, approve a bunch of comments, edit some photos for my Saturday post, and proof read two posts for Real Health. I get 75% of the way through writing the Saturday post when I hear stirring.
10:00am – Diapers out of dryer; next load in.
10:15am – M is up on his arms and laughs when I come in. He is always so excited to see me after naps! I give him a milk snack and then get him dressed for the day. Another diaper change.
10:35am – We head out in the BOB to the gym. I’m already 15 minutes late for Pump, but I’ll take a longer nap any day. After running there and checking M into Kids Zone I make it to Pump 30 minutes late and slip into the back of the room. Luckily our class has a lot of moms so we’re used to people coming and going. I get a good workout for triceps, biceps, lunges, abs and shoulders. Squats, chest and back will have to wait another day.
11:15am – Just before class is over someone from Kids Zone calls me out of class. M was overwhelmed by the 1,000 kids in there and was crying hard. Sad face – he is usually so happy! He was calm again by the time I got there.
11:25am – I talk to my mom on our walk home. So happy it’s sunny and warm too! Diaper change upon arrival.
12:00pm – Lunchtime can’t come soon enough. Mazen plays on the porch while I assemble our lunches. Big salad for me with tofu, avocado, peppers, carrots, bleu cheese and Dakota bread on the side.
Avocado and Happy Puffs for M.
We play for a while on the porch after lunch
12:50pm – Naptime approaching. Another diaper change and nursing session. I close the curtains and he squeaks out a cry – he knows what’s happening. He cries for a minute when I put him down, but it’s short lived and he is asleep by 1.
1:00pm – Time for a shower! Finally. I make the water extra hot and have a hard time getting out. I get dressed, put on make-up and go clean up the dishes from lunch.
1:30pm – More work. I’m emailing a brand about a sponsored post and checking out a new website that came through my inbox. I also have to email FM about some wonky ads that are showing up and fix a few links on a page that are reportedly broken. Really want to start on my canned fish post (ha!) but never get the chance.
2:20pm – M is awake! 1:20 is an awesome afternoon nap. We sort through some laundry before heading out. M loves fabric and lying in a cloud of it is the highlight of his day : ) A diaper change is the lowlight.
3:00pm – Meet up at a friend’s house. The kiddos play games and the moms snack on banana bread. M has some milk while he’s there.
5:00pm – Back home and ready for nap #3. Diaper change, nurse, asleep after 5 minutes of rolling around in his crib. Some people advise against such a late nap, but I have no idea how we’d get him to bedtime without meltdowns otherwise. Luckily it’s working for us for now. I work on a few more things on the computer and schedule a BERF post for the morning.
5:30pm – Matt is home yay!!! We start to think about prepping dinner and talk on the porch.
5:40pm – M is awake. He and Matt play on the porch for a bit while I work on dinner. A chicken stir-fry.
6:00pm – Matt takes over the stir-fry because he wants to make a beer sauce reduction so I move on to get Mazen’s dinner ready.
M goes into his high chair with some puffs as an appetizer. He still can’t feed himself though, so I have to put them in for him every now and then.
M is having lentils + sweet potatoes from the freezer, which I thaw in the microwave. He gobbles them down.
6:15pm – Dinner is served.
Chicken stir-fry with noodles, sprouts, broccoli and a beer reduction sauce
6:45pm – Family playtime on the porch
7:15pm – Bathtime! Matt usually gives the bath while I clean up the kitchen.
After bath, we do jammies and then some books, if he’s in the mood. Nothin’ cuter than a baby in PJs!
The Bears look on and request some stories
7:30pm – Matt reads a few stories while I fold M’s cloth diapers and then go down to work on this post. Clip-Clop is a favorite of all of us!
7:45pm – Matt calls me that it’s bedtime (i.e. M has had enough of the books!). We nurse once more and snuggle together in the bed. I close the curtains and put M in his crib with a kiss.
8:10pm – M is almost asleep and faintly babbling on the monitor. Finally time for an episode of Mad Men!!! We settle into the couch with a little Noosa yogurt for dessert.
9:15pm – Upstairs I put away the last of the dishes drying from dinner and fill the coffee pot for breakfast.
9:30pm – In bed, I read some of my book club book while Matt reads a beer magazine, but we don’t make it very far. We’re still catching up on sleep from the first 6 months of parenthood! I turn Mazen’s monitor screen off and lights are out.