It’s Day in the life time! There is no doubt that these are the posts I most look back on (and I LOVE to read other people’s posts!) Here’s some info:
This was a week day. I’m 31, John is 35, Henry is 4.5, William is almost 3 and Tilly is almost 15 months. We just got back from vacation, John’s parents are visiting and we just had Canadian Thanksgiving.
4, 5 and 6am Tilly wakes up coughing. She’s beside me in bed so I just give her a drink of water and her soother and she goes back to sleep. Colds are sweeping our household already!
7am– My alarm goes off. John is still sleeping so I wake him up and tell him to shower quickly since I need to shower too. I’m glad he agrees because I didn’t want to get up yet and this gives me a good excuse.
7:20am I’m in the shower. Tilly is playing with a dinosaur and the swifter duster. John gets dressed and leaves for work. Halfway through my shower I look out and the boys have woken up and joined Tilly. I get out, turn on a show for the kids and then get dressed, checking the weather first.
8am We head downstairs for breakfast. I make scrambled eggs, toast and an apple for the kids and make myself a shake (Herbalife- cheaper than Shakeology and tastes better). I run to the basement to get more bread. While the kids are eating I make Henry a snack for preschool and find him clothes from the drier. Mental note to buy him enough pants to get through the week. When he’s done eating I help him get dressed and put his sweater and shoes on.
John parents arrive from their hotel at 8:35 just as I’m putting Henry’s backpack on him. He asked John’s mom to walk him to preschool today so off they go. I clean up from breakfast and then grab my littles some clothes and get them dressed. Now everyone is ready for the day!
Around 9 I pour myself some coffee and add some left over whipped cream from Thanksgiving pumpkin pie. Yum. Then I notice Rudy has puked on the mat outside our back door. EW! I go to hose it off but literally yesterday John turned the outside water off and put the hoses in the shed. I text him (blast my phone turning real words like mat into other words like may..ugh) but it seems like more work than the mat is worth. As I’m doing this the kid are pulling all my pots and pans out. I join the adults at the kitchen table. We chat and the kids play with said pots and pans.
9:30am and I’m headed to the church to set up the playgroup I run later in the week. Both kids want to come. As we are getting into the car, our neighbour drives by and invites us all out to dinner tonight. Sweet! No cooking! We buckle the kids in, say good bye to John’s parents and head over by 9:45am. I wash the floors with the giant floor machine, pull toys out of the storage room and set them up, then get the coffee ready to go.
When it’s time to go William starts dilly daddling and I tell him that we need to hurry home to spend lots of time with Gramma and Grampa since they leave tomorrow. He cries. Poor dude loves his grandparents and they all live in Ontario. Home at 10:45am and William goes straight to Gramma for cuddles.
Grampa is fixing the screen door. Tilly seems tired so I try to nurse her to sleep but she is not interested. Gramma goes to pick Henry up at school at 11:20am. The littles want to play outside where Grampa is working so out we go.
11:40am Henry comes home and joins them. I remind him that he has an appointment and we need to leave soon. He whines about not wanting to go but I turn it into a special Mommy-Henry outing and promise we can buy lunch on the way.
11:50am Henry and I leave, and stop at Harvey’s for lunch in the car. We get to his appointment (speech therapy/motor skill therapy) at 12:30 and we are significantly early! That’s what happens when I only have 1 kid with me. He goes in and I wait in the waiting room. I type up some notes for this post and then-gasp-get to read! My book! In the daylight!!!!!
At 1:30pm Henry comes back to the waiting room and I talk to his therapist about what they worked on today. Then we head home.
Home at 2pm. There is a suspicious vehicle on our street so I stop and record the licence plate because I am the most paranoid person on the planet. Tilly is still awake and immediately melts down when she sees me. I put on Paw Patrol so the boys can cuddle their Gramma and watch a few episodes for quiet time. I go up to put Tilly to sleep and she is freaking out in an overtired fashion. She is arching her back and smacking me so I put her in her crib and sit in the rocking chair while she continues to freak out. After a minute she settles down, stands up and looks at me so I pick her up and she lets me rock her to sleep. I put her back in her crib and go downstairs. I put the dishes away that my MIL washed while I was gone (My MIL rocks). Then ask William to come to the neighbours with me to return a pie plate I borrowed (I filled it with chocolates). We pet their animals for a few minutes and say see you later since we are all going out to dinner together.
I decide to cut our sunflowers down since it’s been frosting every night and they are looking sad. Then I come in and make a shake for a snack.
3:15pm and William is hitting Henry. I go and hold his hands saying “I won’t let you hit your brother” he cries and tries to take himself to time out. But I don’t want him in the front hall (our normal timeout spot) because Tilly is sleeping and the sound carries from there. So I try to hold him and he just cries louder. Ugh. He finally calms down when I turn Frozen on.
At 3:50pm William cuddles up to gramma so I get up and post an ad on Kijiji (like Craig’s list) to sell our change table. Tilly wakes up when I’m almost done. I get her and she’s kinda miserable. I finish the ad, then take her to cuddle while watching Frozen with everyone else. William has fallen asleep. I kinda saw that coming. Tilly is still unhappy and I figure she is hungry (even though Gramma reported that she basically ate a full Thanksgiving meal for lunch: stuffing, turkey, potatoes and brussel sprouts). Snack time: Popcorn it is. Pretty sure it’s her current fav. She won’t even share with me. I try to take some off her tray and she takes it out of my hand.
It’s 4:30pm and John calls on his way home from work (don’t worry his phone syncs to his truck and it’s all hands free). Tilly steals the phone from me and he talks to her for a while until she hangs up on him in typical toddler fashion. He’s home just after 5pm and takes Tilly to go get the mail. When they get back I go upstairs to change for dinner. Going on 2 days of not being able to find my jeans. Mental note to search house tomorrow and recheck suitcases from our vacation (pretty sure they are empty but maybe I forgot a pocket??)
When I’m ready, we wake up William and then start the ritual of leaving the house with all the kids. Socks and shoes for everyone. Force Henry to go potty, he gets upset every single time. Do we need coats? Yes no yes no yes for the kids. Find some. Leave the house and buckle everyone in. Finally by 5:50pm we are pulling out of the drive way!
6-7:40 ish is dinner out. I love social time with people that love our kids. But I forgot to order the side of fries I always order with our drinks to keep the kids happy. Luckily Gramma and Grampa are here to occupy Henry, William watches videos on John’s phone. But Tilly-She can’t sit still. We end up taking turns letting her walk all over the restaurant while we follow her, with a brief nice sitting period where she eats at least some of her dinner. Still had a great time though!!
Home by 8pm. We say goodbye to Gramma and Grandpa and they leave. John goes over to our neighbours for a night cap. I’m doing bedtime solo and I feel good about it. Brush teeth, get pjs on, kids each pick a book and climb into bed. I read but have to start nursing Tilly about half way through the first one. She’s fussy but I read the boys books and say a quick prayer with them before having to take Tilly into her room and rock her to sleep. I tell the boys I will be back and then turn their lights out.
8:30pm I’m rocking Tilly and she is fighting sleep but not crying so I just keep going. She falls asleep after about 15 minutes and I lay her in her crib. I check on the boys and they are both asleep. Woo hoo.
9ish I want to watch tv and drink tea but I decide to work out instead. I change and then head downstairs to do a T25 stretch (it’s like really hard yoga) and then I throw on a 5 minute abs. Fist bump! And it’s only 9:30pm! (how funny is Lindsay Brinn’s face in the photo below??)
John comes home and we decide to watch Scandal. We watch an episode and then he goes to bed at 10:30pm. I tidy up and pack our bags for tomorrow because we need to be out the door by 8am.
At 11:30pm I head up to bed. I decide to read for a bit but type up these notes first. Tilly is crying out like every 5 minutes but is still asleep. I kinda don’t even want to try to sleep until she’s over doing that… So I start to read at midnight. That lasts all of 6 minutes- I turn the lights out at 12:06 and am immediately asleep. At 12:26 Tilly wakes up crying so I bring her into our bed and she cuddles back to sleep (and then sleeps terribly but that’s kinda her thing…eventually she will sleep through the night.)